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The New Poetic Declaration

Updated: Aug 15, 2021

As writers and publishers of poetry, we at BRAG understand how passionate people are about the art. It is, as a result of our own dedication, refreshing when something new and culturally relevant pops out of the long established office of Poet Laureate.

30 Poets

In an age that has seen them slowly slip away, Simon Armitage has convened 30 poets to create a new response to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Simon said: “Can there be a more important time for focusing on human rights? Through poetry - that most democratic of art forms - and through other creative expressions, Ripples of Hope will be a meeting of thoughts and feelings on what it means to be a citizen of this world. A chance to talk and to listen and to share.”


And it’s only natural that this new poetic declaration be taking place at HOME, a bastion of contemporary culture. It wasn’t long ago that members of BRAG had the opportunity to watch the Simon perform alongside Jackie Kay. The declaration will be unveiled at three events on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of September.

Full List of Poets Gathered by Armitage:

Imtiaz Dharker

Sjonand Antrobus

Mona Arshi

Shivanee Ramlochan

Kwame Dawes

Tishani Doshi

Malika Booker

Glyn Maxwell

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Togas Muzanenhamo

Victoria Redel

Vona Groake

Caroline Bird

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Jennifer Wong

Luke Wright

Sean Borodale

Kimberley Campanello

Keisha Thompson

Mike Garry

Maura Dooley

Joelle Taylor

Jay Bernard

Zaffar Kunial


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Isaiah Hull

As a Manchester based literary magazine, we understand the importance of the written word to the people of this city, and it is no surprise to us that such a prestigious, important event should be taking place in the heart of it.

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