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Poetry news from September lovingly prepared on your behalf…

A new biography of John Keats claims he was an opium addict at the time he contracted TB at the age of 25. If true he joins fellow Romantic poets Shelley and Coleridge as opium users.

The Selected Poems of John Fowles, the author of The French Lieutenant’s Womanhave been published. Fowles is more famous as a novelist than a poet and the new volume includes many previously unpublished poems.

Kahlil Gilbran’s classic poem The Prophet has been turned into a film by the BAFTA-nominated director Gary Tarn. It’s showing at selected cinemas in early October.

Harry Chambers, the founder and director of the dedicated poetry publisher Peterloo Poets has died. There’s a plan for a poetry event celebrating Harry’s life to be announced in the next few months.

And finally, Banned Books Week starts on Sunday, celebrating the freedom to read. This year is the 30th anniversary of the first Banned Books Week.

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