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Dear FiveBooks Readers,

In honour of National Poetry Month in the U.S., this week was Poetry Week on
  FiveBooks. We brought you interviews with poets from all corners of the
  United Kingdom and Ireland; they recommended their favourite collections and
  anthologies, and discussed the challenges and rewards of their chosen
  profession. You’ll find all six of them at the links below.

If poetry isn’t your thing – or if you’ve read all the interviews listed
  here, and want something new – then be sure to check out today’s interview
  with [1]Michael Billington, the veteran theatre critic who’s been writing
  for _The Guardian_ since 1971. He tells us about his print debut (which came
  when he won a £10 _Observer _prize at university), and explains why he finds
  Peter Hall’s theatre diaries addictive.
    Links:
      1. http://[LINK//thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-billington-on-20th-century-theatre]

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[2]Gillian Clarke on Poetry
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/gillian-clarke-on-poetry

Monday, April 4th

The National Poet of Wales tells us why many teachers are better than actors
  at reading poetry, and calls Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and R S Thomas “the
  gods of poetry”  [3]Continue reading…
    Links:
      3. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/gillian-clarke-on-poetry

[4]Jackie Kay on Poetry
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jackie-kay-on-poetry

Tuesday, April 5th

The Scottish poet and novelist chooses a life-affirming anthology, new
  women’s voices, a former mentor, contemporary black British talent and a
  poet with a quirky take on everything [5]Continue reading…
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jackie-kay-on-poetry

[6]Roger McGough on Poetry Anthologies
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roger-mcgough-on-poetry-anthologies

Tuesday, April 6th

The poet, broadcaster and "patron saint of poetry" says all children are
  poets and reveals why daydreaming is good for you. Here he chooses
  anthologies for all ages, which have "a fresh look and a fresh listen"
  [7]Continue reading…
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roger-mcgough-on-poetry-anthologies

[8]Frieda Hughes on Poetry
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/frieda-hughes-on-poetry

Thursday, April 7th

Wit, intelligence, compassion and an ability to shock are the qualities
  valued by the poet, author and painter, who talks about taking advice from
  Dad (Ted Hughes) and why she didn’t write for ten years [9]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/frieda-hughes-on-poetry

[10]Sinéad Morrissey on Poetry
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sinéad-morrissey-on-poetry

Friday, April 8th

The award-winning Northern Irish poet reveals why the inimitable Sylvia
  Plath is not always a good influence on young poets and why sublimation of
  the self is sometimes better than self-expression [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sinéad-morrissey-on-poetry

[12]John F Deane on Poetry
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-f-deane-on-poetry

Saturday, April 9th

The Irish poet and writer finds inspiration in the work of friends and
  fellow poets who combine relishing the wonders of the physical universe with
  a mystic, religious side – all best discussed over a few pints [13]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-f-deane-on-poetry

[14]German Soldiers Describe Nazi War Crimes
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/ehAlM5

Jan Fleischhauer | Spiegel | 8 April 2011

German researchers find and publish Allied archive of covertly-recorded
  conversations among German prisoners of war, in which the soldiers "trade
  astonishingly  detailed  accounts of the atrocities they witnessed and
  committed"

Featured Topic

[15]Autism
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/topics/autism

Leading  academics, and parents with their own personal experiences of
  autism,  discuss  what  best to read on the disorder. Accompanied by a
  selection of must-read articles

Book of the Week

[16]Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times by Neil Astley (editor)
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/staying-alive-real-poems-unreal-times-by-neil-astley-editor-0

Jackie Kay says: “This is an international anthology of 500 life-affirming
  poems. It explores the human and spiritual, connecting our hopes and fears
  with poetry and helping us to ‘stay alive’. Anyone interested in poetry
  should own it.”

Video of the Week

[17]Forest Xylophone
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/videos/forest-xylophone

Hats off to NTT Docomo. A wooden cellphone is pretty cool to begin with. And
  then this advertisement

Quote of the Week

[18]W.H. Auden, on truth
    Links:
      18. http://feeds.poetryfoundation.org/~r/HarrietTheBlog/~3/jNy0T4SAUlc

"What makes it difficult for a poet not to tell lies is that, in poetry,
    all facts and all beliefs cease to be true or false and become interesting
    possibilities"

Reader Recommendations

[19]@zachprague Stanley Kubrick’s Chicago, 1949 -- amazing photo gallery
  [20]bit.ly/gGgz5L [21]#browsings
    Links:
      19. http://twitter.com/zachprague
      20. http://bit.ly/gGgz5L
      21. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

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