Blake Morrison

Poet, novelist and essayist Blake Morrison published a pamphlet last year, This Poem. A sequence of poems that take as their theme current events, the pamphlet tackles Jimmy Saville, phone hacking and the coalition government. But are the poems not only about recent headlines, but also about poetry itself? We met Blake Morrison at last year's Edinburgh International Book Festival where we asked him whether poems about current events risk quickly becoming dated and what a poet can bring to a news story that a journalist can't.