Halfway through October! Instead of commenting on how terrifying that is, I’ll leave you with some weekend reading:
- Did you ever have to memorize and recite poems in school? Apart from a few Shakespeare monologues here and there, I never did, but it’s common practice in a lot of places. Apparently, according to a new study conducted by Oxford University, memorizing poetry might be more beneficial than previously thought!
- I am so psyched to learn about this! Starting on October 17, the 15th Poetry Africa international poetry festival opens in Durban, South Africa. Check out the event’s blog here! (The Witness)
- Check out The Guardian’s guide to the Booker Prize shortlist: read reviews and author interviews, listen to excerpts, and submit your own critiques!
- This is an interesting article over at The American Scholar that discusses why plagiarism is so difficult to avoid: when we receive information, we’re much more likely to remember the information itself than its source.
- There’s a new kid in town: a new Literature Prize will compete with the Man Booker Prize, which some argue is too concerned with reader-friendliness as opposed to high art. (BBC News)