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The Rialto at Aldeburgh – November 2015

When I open my bedroom curtain to a wall of yellow I know it’s time for the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. The leaves are on sycamores rooted part way down a steep embankment, so I get the full canopy at eye level. This year one big tree has gone brilliant yellow, gold in the early sun, but the other is still green.

New Editor Development Programme launched

The Rialto Editor Development Programme – Jan-Sept, 2016. Closing deadline: Friday 20th November 2015. Do you really enjoy reading poetry? Are you interested in running a poetry magazine?

Frank Redpath aka Philip Larkin

There’s something of a frisson going on about the fact that a ‘discovered’ new poem by Larkin turns out to be one that was written by another poet living in Hull, Frank Redpath…


April 2016

I thought that as it’s April I’d put a photo of primroses at the head of this Newsletter. So I went up to the coast to the place I thought I’d get a good picture, along the cliffs east of Cromer (yes, contrary to the famous Noel Coward quote, there... read more

The Cab Rank Principle

I’ve been thinking about the law over the last couple of weeks. Not that I’m in any trouble I hasten to add – apart from the usual one that I’m sure some of you have also been quizzed on by other members of the family…

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Laura Scott goes to Greece

Laura Scott goes to Greece

My Rialto pamphlet won the Michael Marks prize, and part of the prize is that you get to go to Greece for two weeks to be the poet in residence for Harvard University’s Hellenic summer school. I think if someone were to ask me what was the best single thing about this experience, I would say that it showed me how to write about big things without fear.