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, nearly 800 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: Cornwall-based performance poet Abigail Wyatt and Hamish Mack in New Zealand.
The site closed in January 2015.
Abigail Wyatt was born in Essex but is now based near Redruth in Cornwall. Formerly Head of English and the Expressive Arts at Redruth School, she now writes poetry and short fiction and has recently re-invented her blog here. Her fiction collection 'Old Soldiers, Old Bones and Other Stories' is available from One Million Stories. She is a founder member of the Red River Poetry collective and enjoys performing her work locally. She reads regularly at The Melting Pot Cafe, Krowji in Redruth.
Hamish Mack lives in Palmerston North, New Zealand and has been writing poetry for four years. He has had poems published online and in newspapers and a poetry magazine. His poetry blog is Light of Passage.
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 writer, and former columnist with a West Country Sunday newspaper, now based in his home county of Hampshire. He is also a former editor of Viewpoint (a forum for INDEPENDENT internal comment within the University of Southampton). Martin writes regularly on his blog, Square Sunshine, where his posts generally reflect the thoughts and observations of a grandfather, along with the occasional poem.