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Surveying black and Asian poets



Are you a poet from a Black or Asian background? Do you know anyone who is?

Spread the Word has been commissioned by the Arts Councils of England, Scotland and Wales to undertake the first ever survey into publishing opportunities for black and Asian poets throughout the whole of the UK.

'The aim is to find out why, in a culture where black and Asian authors are topping bestseller lists, poets of the same background are failing to make an impact in print.'

Not actually sure myself that black and Asian poets are 'failing' in quite this way, or why the controversial 2004 Next Generation Poets list is being used as the main benchmark. Let's face it - the world of poetry publishing is so tiny that it's hard for anyone to get published or reviewed. Do black and Asian poets need this kind of (positive?) discrimination? I don't know, but I'd like to hear what you think...
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