In honour of World Poetry Day, the Evening Standard recommends 5 young British spoken poets. Shout Out UK has its own list of slam poets we should all hear.

In London, some coffee shops were accepting a poem as payment for a drink. On the BBC, Nigerian-British poet Joshua Idehen speaks about what this day means for him before sharing his own poem – “Black Says”.

Stylist met and talked to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of the essay We Should All Be Feminists and the novels Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. Her most recent book Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions came out earlier this month. 

Stylist also gives us 31 uplifting lines from literature to brighten our day.

The Pool rounds up essential reading for young people today according to five women.

If you think there’s a gender imbalance in the English-speaking literary world, how about this: France has just added its first female author to the syllabus for the prestigious Literature Baccalaureate, or rough equivalent of a French Literature A Level, which was created in 1995.

Today’s Guardian Books podcast features Mohsin Hamid, who discusses his latest novel Exit West and being a radical optimist.