Poetry24 was founded in early 2011 by Hampshire-based former columnist Martin Hodges and Merseyside performance poet Clare Kirwan. The aim was simple: to publish news-related or topical poetry that reflects what's happening in the world, or current affairs.
The idea was partly inspired by a response to a poem written by Martin. A fellow-blogger commented: "I am reading your words and at the same time watching the News24 reports from Cairo and thinking you might have invented Poetry24."
Since then, well over 1000 poems have been published on the site from around the world, often within hours or days of having been written, providing a unique poetic response to the news as it happens.
At the end of 2012, a new team of editors took up the baton, providing a more international platform for the site: Abigail Wyatt, based in Cornwall, UK, and Hamish Mack, in New Zealand.
After a dormant period of approximately 18 months, Poetry24 was relaunched once again, with co-founder Martin Hodges as sole editor.
Editor: 2017 - Martin Hodges
Editors: 2012 - 2015 Abigail Wyatt and Hamish Mack
Editors: 2011 - 2012 Clare Kirwan and Martin Hodges
What you say:
"Poetry24...is a much needed journal of poetry inspired by current affairs. This is a journal that proves how relevant poetry can be!" - Juliet Wilson.
Juliet is a poet, and the author of Unthinkable Skies. She is also editor of Bolts of Silk.
"Poetry24 fills what may be a unique niche in the world of online poetry. Poets from the world over are invited to submit poems in response to current events. They do and the quality is invariably excellent." - Vicki Lane
Vicki is the author of The Elizabeth Goodweather Mysteries, and 2009 Anthony Award nominee for her novel, A Dark Season.
Clare Kirwan is based in Wirral. As well as being a prize winning poet (Feile Filiochta, Big Issue, Sefton, and Northampton Poetry Competitions plus the Liverpool Slam) she has worked on a local newspaper and as a local authority Press Officer (amongst various other reinventions) and has travelled widely. Clare blogs as Broken Biro on libraries, writing, humour, interesting places and unexpected tangents.
Martin Hodges is a blogger, and former columnist with a West Country Sunday newspaper, now based in his home in Hampshire. He is also a former editor of Viewpoint (a forum for INDEPENDENT internal comment within the University of Southampton). Martin now blogs at The Label Fell Off.