What’s that racket from the street below?

Neil Young, co-founder of The Poets’ Republic, introduces Issue 5 Let’s hear it for Roger McGough – a sure contender for the title of World’s Greatest Living Scouser (despite that OBE ). Two years ago, when judge of the Bridport Prize, he took a potshot at poets’ lack of political engagement. Given that, even then, the circumstances in this Disunited … Read More

Give the Republic a Fighting Fiver

Could there be a worse time to invite people to part with a few quid for the sake of a poetry magazine? We’re hardly talking donations to Medicines San Frontieres here, or any of the other causes with priority demands on our austerity-era purse-strings. Naw, this is an appeal for cash from a wee poetry forum based in a wee … Read More

What we’re about – and why 

Someone had to do it. The Poets’ Republic was founded by myself, Neil Young, a journalist and poet, and Duncan Lockerbie, the Tapsalteerie publisher, in Aberdeenshire in summer 2014, to promote what I would describe as ‘public-spirited’ poetry. We went live with a website, Facebook presence and magazine launch of Issue 1 in April 2015. Issue 2 was published last … Read More

Opening Shots

We’re delighted to announce ‘Opening Shots‘, our first event since launching the magazine. It’s a good ‘un too, featuring readings from three quality poets, a poetry open mic and, in honour of Stonehaven’s culinary triumph over pasty-faced officialdom, a competition for the best ‘Ode to a Deep-Fried Mars Bar’. It’s free to get in, there’ll be free wine on arrival, and … Read More