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Reassuring News from NLP

So I don’t want to upset you, but recently, JLS split up*. And Reese Witherspoon got arrested. And People magazine ran with the headline ‘Suri Cruise Gets Bangs!’ (that’s a fringe, UK readers, in case you were wondering).

Other stuff happened too, of course, but in these crazy, mixed up times, it’s reassuring to know that the sun continues to rise (whether or not we get to see it), E4 continues to show The Big Bang Theory over 50% of the time and over at NLP, high quality poetry books continue to hit the (metaphorical and literal) shelves and continue to garner great reviews.

hattieIn New Pamphlet news, I’m delighted to introduce you to Hattie Grünewald, whose excellent work is showcased in NLP’s sixth Nasty Little Intro. Beginning her career at the age of four with the awesomely named Naughty Teddy, Hattie was Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2009. She has had her work published in The Independent, YM and Myths of the Near Future, and in 2010 one of her poems was published on London Underground trains as part of the Young Poets on the Underground scheme. She is twenty years old and is currently studying English and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, while watching cooking shows, dressing as a giant boob for charity and running the UEA Feminist Society in her spare time. Hattie’s Nasty Little Intro #6 is available to buy now from the NLP website.

In other NLP-related Good News, Martin Figura’s Arthur was reviewed recently by Sphinx as both ‘honed, concentrated poetry that does a lot, convincingly, in a small space’ and ‘sensitive, sad, and in places arresting.’ Head over here to read the review in full!

As always, you can keep up with NLP here on the website and on our facebook page. Lots of our poets are touring or performing at the moment, very possibly at an arts centre or festival near you. Check out the links to their various websites and blogs on their profile pages.

*Though the TV just told me that they’re going to be doing Deal or No Deal soon. You’re welcome.

Norwich Poetry Club

So last week, I discovered that the collective name for a group of bears is a sleuth. A Sleuth of Bears. That’s just brilliant. That’s the title of a Grade A poetry collection, right there. You’re welcome. Just mention me in the acknowledgements.

I only mention this because I was wondering this morning what the collective name for a group of poets is. Now, I don’t know if there is an official ruling on this (maybe it’s a job for the Poet Laureate, and if it’s not, maybe it should be), but a short perusal online provided me with a bunch of excellent suggestions, my favourite of which was a Moët. Fitting, I thought.

With that in mind, I just wanted to tell all of you who live in or around Norwich that there will be a Moët of NLP poets converging tonight at The Bicycle Shop (which confused me for years until I discovered that it was not, in fact, a shop that sold bicycles) for The Norwich Poetry Club. It all kicks off at 7:00pm, and will cost you £5, which works out at less that £1 per poet. And if that’s not a good deal, I don’t know what is.