Explore Britain's rich poetic heritage with events, features, news and web resources collected from hundreds of museums, archives, historic properties and libraries across the UK.

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Chepstow marks the forgotten 12-hour soiree of Dylan Thomas's funeral cortege

One of the many bizaare incidents in the death of Dylan Thomas is to be celebrated at Chepstow Drill Hall as Chepstow Museum searches for a bar with an unusual yet natural connection to the poet.

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Poetry Zoo launches as a new digital platform for sharing poetry

Poetry Zoo, a new digital platform for poets, has launched with the intention of empowering stifled writers and giving them the opportunity to be seen and read.

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Is this the world's smallest book? Old title-holder resurfaces at National Library Scotland

A book which is less than a millimetre in height features as part of an Edinburgh show revealing the surprising popularity of miniature titles during centuries past.

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Museums at Night 2013: Behind the scenes at the Faber and Faber Archive

Ruth Hazard joins five lucky Museums at Night competition winners who visited the fabled Faber Archive in Bloomsbury for literary tales, readings and rare manuscripts.

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William Shakespeare's First Folio is Bodleian Library's digital gift on his birthday

Shakespeare's First Folio from 1623 - containing Macbeth, Julius Caesar and more - has been made freely available to leaf through online for the first time.

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Oxford Painted Rooms to reopen for William Shakespeare's birthday

History lovers at the Oxford Preservation Trust will reopen the rooms where Shakespeare once stayed for a rare series of public tours on the 449th anniversary of his birth.

Birthplace Trust, galleries and museums to "bypass barriers" in Shakespeare Week 2014

Dozens of cultural institutions across the country will help the inaugural Shakespeare Week inspire millions of people when it launches in March 2014.

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Dorothy Wordsworth: Wonders of the Everyday at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

From William Wordsworth's wedding ring to inked-out lines in her posthumously published Grasmere Journal, a new show ponders the enigma of Dorothy Wordsworth.

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Wordsworth Trust acquires two Romantic landscape paintings for Dove Cottage

Works by Francis Towne and Thomas Girtin depicting late 18th century views of Coniston and Windermere in the Lake District have been acquired by the Wordsworth Trust.

Image of children playing in a paddling pool by Shirley Hughes.

Culture24's top ten events for National Poetry Day

Nearly 20 years after it first began, National Poetry Day is still engaging millions of people in reading, writing and performing poetry. Here is Culture 24's top ten picks of this year's offerings.

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Patti Smith makes literary pilgrimage to play benefit gig for Brontë Parsonage Museum

After an inspirational visit to Brontë country in 2012, Patti Smith is heading back to Yorkshire and the Brontë Parsonage Museum for a fundraising gig.

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Charles Jennens: The man Behind Messiah at Handel House Museum

A new display of letters and paintings reveals the story of the philanthropist thought to have been behind parts of Messiah and some of the earliest published editions of Shakespeare.

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Home of iconic First World War Welsh language poet Hedd Wyn to become museum and heritage centre

The Snowdonia home of Welsh language and First World War poet Hedd Wyn is to be developed as a museum and heritage centre that will help enshrine his reputation.

Ashmolean celebrates 200 years of Nature and Nonsense with Edward Lear

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford marks the 200th birthday of artist and writer Edward Lear with a collection of oils, watercolours, manuscripts and illustrated books spanning the length of his career.

The Culture24/7: History and Heritage highlights for September 2012

September promises to be a great month in the history lover's calendar, with Heritage Open Days offering free entry to some incredible venues.

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