PhD student vies for top poetry prize

PhD student vies for top poetry prize

A POET and playwright studying for a PhD at the University of Stirling is vying for honours in a prestigious poetry competition.

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Hannah Silva is among five writers in the running for the £5000 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. The winner will be announced in London on Friday.

Hannah, 30, who grew up in Suffolk and now lives in to Birmingham, was shortlisted for a piece called Total Man.

Her work is characterised by its "playful interrogation of language, voice and form".

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Now you can be a critic

OUR HeraldScotland website is launching an exciting initiative for readers with an interest in live performances happening in Scotland. Our online series - You The Critic - will enable readers across the country to submit their compact arts reviews in the fields of theatre, music, dance, comedy, open mic events and visual arts (not film or TV). We will post them to the site every day, subject to our standard online rules. Details of the initiative and how to submit your reviews are available on our website.

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Pygmies are set for capital gig

EDINBURGH-based jazz, funk, blues, ska, and afro band Pygmies have a gig at the city's Caley Roots Club tomorrow.

The club meets at Caley Sample Rooms, 58 Angle Park Terrace, from 8.30pm.

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