Articles in 2006
Jean Alexander (Corrie's Hilda Ogden) and Ciaran Griffiths (The Bill, The Street, Clocking Off) star in short film, To the Sea Again, written by Write Out Loud co-founder, Julian Jordon, directed by his nephew, actor/director Mark Jordon (Bellamy in Heartbeat, etc.) and produced by Joepop (www.joepopproductions.co.uk).
To the Sea Again has been selected for the Angel Film Festival in Islington (showing at The Garden, 3.00 pm Sunday, 30th July).
We would love to see you there - and get your vot...
Central Library are asking for poems for National Poetry Week on the theme of âIdentityâ to be sent to Charlotte Highham either by email to Charlotte.Higham@bolton.gov.uk or by post to Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton. The poems should be no more than A4 size and you should send it to Charlotte as early as possible but by 8th of September at the latest. When you send your poem you need to remember to put your full name and postal address. NOTE this is only open to people who live in...
Here are a list of the current job vacancies at Creative Mind.
HERITAGE & EXHIBITION WORKER (Full time) until end May 2007
Freelance on self employed basis â up to Â£21,000 inclusive
Organise all aspects of the exhibition and liase with community, schools, other agencies, individuals and groups. Liase with the exhibition venue. Develop the project, assemble the exhibition, run the exhibition, gather, identify, sort and store materials, file, archive, conserve and provide info and educational r...
If you go out on the moors on the Sunday 30th of July your sure of a big surprise....
Because the hills will be alive with the sound of poetry as the first annual Write Out Loud's Poetry Picnic takes place.
Bring food & wine to share plus a poem or lyric or two (not your own!) and meet up in the car park of the Strawbury Duck next to Entwistle railway station at 2.30pm.
See the gig guide for more details
After a break Verberate is back at the Trof Cafe on the 31st of July with a wonderful line up. Guest performers this month include Phenzwaan(check out the web site htp://www.phenzology.com) the fantastic Cath Nichols and Write Out Loud's very own Scott Devon with open mic and DJ. Hosted by the Comma published fiction writer and poet, Zoe Lambert. Check out the gig guide for full details
The Poetry Society is celebrating this years National Poetry Day on Thursday 5 October 2006. This years theme is 'Identity' and they have an official National Poetry Day website where you can find out what's happening on the day at the Poetry Society and around the country.
Visitors to the National Poetry Day web will also be able to read Jackie
Kay's diary that she will be keeping as the Poetry SocietyÂ¹s 'virtual' poet
in residence, see what poetry titles there are on our specially collected
Write Out Loud is increasingly invited to appear as a group of poets at other venues, and to organise entire poetry events with guest performances from our poets, open mic and compere.
Our next guest appearance is on July 21st at Spotlight, Yorkshire House pub, Lancaster (more details on www.writeoutloud.net). Come along and see how nervous newcomers have become polished performers.
For more information, or to enquire how we can organise an event for you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Read your copy hereâ¦
Our purpose in life is to encourage individuals to share their poetry with others in live poetry events.
Since its creation in 2003, Write Out Loud has cajoled, encouraged, persuaded, applauded and championed individuals taking those first nervous steps â coming out - into the world of performance poetry. We have all been there!
We believe poetry to be highly enjoyable when shared with others in what can otherwise be a solitary activity.
Our website (www.writeoutloud.net...
If any of you wish to join us next Thursday 6th July at our venue at Brazley in Horwich, 10-1pm. This will be a group Creative Writing session with the emphasis on 'fun'. After we will repair to The Beehive for a drink and lunch if anyone wishes to join in any part of the day!
In August we will be opening a new office in Horwich to tie in with all our projects and we will also have some jobs going. I will post the info on these asap via email. Our web site is: www.creativemind.org.uk
See the boats coming on mass, zoom in and see only one boat, zoom in and see the men, now only one man, now see what he sees the beach up ahead, see the D-day beach, yes, now you see it. And in this soon to explode cocktail of Normandy and Nazi death the man is waiting, with stomach knotted, heart garrotted he rides the waves. The black flack is heart pounding as the back beat to this making of history, pounding in a way none of us can ever imagine. So the man mumbles the words, fumbles the wo...
POETRY ALLOWED: 3 day summer school 1st 2nd & 3rd August Â£54/ Â£49/ Â£32.50
For new and/ or developing poets. Whether you write for the page, stage, or occasional reading, this fun course will offer you plenty - including stage and performance techniques. Led by performance poet and events organiser Rosemary Dun (pictured)
Bristol Folk House, 40a Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG tel: 0117 926 2987
It was early evening on Wednesday 28th July and all the Bank Street writers had gathered at Sweetens Bookshop on Deansgate in Bolton for the Launch of Current Accounts 22 and readings of the winning entries from the Bank Street Writers Competition 2005/6.
Write Out Loud regulars made a significant contribution to the evening with readings from Jeff Whitehead of his poem âThe Purposeâ which won the local poetry prize and Paul Blackburn of his story âVikingâ which won 3rd prize in the inte...
Department of Continuing Education
Tutor: Amy Alexander
Monday 30 July - Friday 4 August 2006
1.45 - 4.45 pm
If you have always wanted to write your own songs, or would like to develop your existing skills, you are sure to find this course useful. It doesn't matter what kind of contemporary music you enjoy, our aim is to develop your competency and creativity. In workshops and group discussions we will cover a wide range of topics, starting f...
Manchester Central Library link up with Bloodaxe Books to present lunch time readings by contemporary poets. The first of these is by Ruth Fainlight (pictured) who has published 11 collections of poetry, as well as short stories, translations and libretti. Check out the gig guide on 22nd of June and 5th July for more details of poetry readings at the Central Library Manchester.
Watch out Suffolk!
Tony Walsh is at Suffolk's Latitude Festival, alongside such (other) luminaries as John Cooper Clarke and Lemn Sissay.
Tony, a regular supporter of Write out Loud events and its committee, is a stunning stand-up poet. Even when he is sitting down! He was Manchester slam champion and appeared at Glastonbury last year, has caused a sensation at more gigs than any self-respecting stick would throw itself at and is widely published. He is one of my favourite performance poets, and...
Traditionally opposed subjects? Or an important meeting of minds? Why do so many scientists also write poetry?
The website of Liverpool University Centre for Poetry and Science looks at the relationship between poetry and science, with new poetry, commentary, essays and interviews with leading poets and scientists. Currently it's Nobel Prize winning chemist Roald Hoffman, whose poetry also reflects his childhood in wartime Poland.
There's live, online poetry workshops with Writer-in-Residence,...
Californian writer, Tony Rodriguez is our latest poets' profile.
"It occurs to me that Tony R. Rodriguez is working dicey ground. In the tradition of other literary rowdies, Kerouac, Bukowski, Kesey, he is not afraid of the lyrical in the service of the earthy. Or the spiritual ode in the quest for worldly sense. And . . . he uses language the way Hendrix used his guitar: to make beautiful noise."
Corey Mesler, author of WE ARE BILLION-YEAR-OLD CARBON.
See the rest of his fascinating posting: ...
Row upon row, cot upon cot and the smell, not Johnsonâs baby shampoo or sweet talcum-powdered bottoms I watch the worn out, tired, hard-lifed women as they casually throw babies around, for a living they hold a child, a child who may become my child, feet first under a freezing cold water tap and grin with amusement to see my horror at that Itâs hard not to judge But who am I to come into this eastern wasteland flaunting my western ways, shamelessly handing out Boots No....
Internationally-acclaimed poet and Bolton University creative writing lecturer, Matthew Welton's prize-winning, first collection, The Book of Matthew has been described as âone of the most refreshing first books of poetry to emerge in several yearsâ.
Also on the bill is local poet and retired gardener, John Mather who, until 2004, had never read his poetry in public. His lyrical poems about old Lancashire are popular with the Write Out Loud regulars at their monthly Howcroft Inn poetry nigh...
The Scottish Book Trust is working with Alex Gillon, voice coach, to offer a one-day course for writers exploring the different skills required to perform in workshop and discussion settings.
For further information for these June workshops to be held in Edinburgh costing Â£25, please contact Caitrin Armstrong on 0131-524-0166 or email@example.com
Why have so few new Black and Asian poets been published in the UK in the past 10 years and why is poetry publishing so far behind the amazingly diverse world of fiction? After a year of researching poets and publishers throughout the UK, Free Verse have produced a final report which looks at the results, talks to a range of poets and publishers, and offers some practical advice to both poets and publishers on how they can make a difference.
Emerging Voices, a new imprint from contemporary poetry producer Penned
in the Margins, is currently seeking submissions for its first major
publication, an anthology for younger (and young-at-heart) poets. Up to
five poems are invited from poets writing in English between the ages of
16 and 28. For more details visit
or write to
Life Lines is a poetry anthology from Oxfam which is launched on the 8th of June. The CD contains great poetry from some of Britain and Irelandâs leading poets and all profits go to Oxfam. So you can support Oxfam and buy the book for yourself, as a gift or for your collection if you work for a library, school, or university.
"Glass Orange Poems" is a new poetry magazine - based in the North East of
England, it will be available to all and for all, submissions accepted from all! If you have any work (poetry, short prose, artwork - including photographs) please email it to
In The Red is Liverpool John Moore's University's New Writing magazine. This annual publication is now in it's fourth issue and features exclusive poems from Roger McGough, Sandy Clays, Greta Stoddart, and Sophie Hannah, amongst other new and emerging voices from across The North. Also featured in this year's edition, an international exclusive piece of short prose from US cult favourite Dave
Eggers, and an interview with Paul Farley, a poetry superstar!
It is available for only Â£1 at News Fro...
Citizen 32 launches its open mic night at Urbis on Thursday 11th - see gig guide for more details. If anyone from Write Out Loud is thinking of going then contact PaulB (see email address below) as we will be organising a group trip.
"Taste" is an anthology of poems about food produced by clan-u press at the innovative CETH unit at UCLAN. Scroll down at http://www.uclan.ac.uk/news/2006/web033A.htm
All profits will be donated to Oxfam. RRP Â£3.99. Approx 60 pages.
The anthology features poems from Benjamin Zephaniah and a host of international, national and North West poets including Matt Simpson, Grevel Lindop, Copeland Smith, Helen Thomas, Tony Walsh, Steven Waling, David Bateman, Sandy Clays, and many more. Several poets ...
Poetry as words on a page is a comparatively recent development, and some of the world's greatest literature originated in recitation handed down by word of mouth.
So says Colin Holcombe, Editor, Poetry Magic, in his article, Performing Poetry . See the rest of this fascinating article on our discussions page.
One of the truly great poetry nights is the monthly Dead Good Poets' Society. And, this month, one of the comperes is Write Out Loud's Paul Blackburn:
Wednesday 3rd May Dead Good Poets Society OPEN FLOOR
Third Room, Everyman Bistro, comperes: Paul Blackburn and Sarah Maclennan. Â£1
Corporate Watch, the leading corporate-critical research group, is producing an anthology of poetry about corporations to celebrate its 10th
Submissions have been promised from Adrian Mitchell, Rachel Pantechnicon, Mario Petrucci, Will Holloway, Julian Cope, Todd Swift and Attila the Stockbroker.
Read the call for submissions on their website, and email your poems to firstname.lastname@example.org, or post to
16b Cherwell Street,
Oxford, OX4 1B...
âMen judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselvesâ - Charlotte BrontÃ« CONSIDER THIS I shall write in a style that may, or may not be, self explainatory. I mean, I donât know, what it is, if anything, I will end up with, will be any good. If my effort is found to be good, I will read it in spring or May. A strong end, does not have to be interplanetary: the thing is does it add to knowledge? Will I ever acknowledge that if it ...
We have started to gather articles and other resources on the subject of performance poetry, to help those, like us, trying to promote live poetry - of the people, by the people.
See the articles already listed - more to follow - and add your views in our discussions.
If you know of any other articles or books on the subject, we would love to hear of them. All articles are copyright , reproduced with permission.
'I doubt if there are any other poets in Europe like Ian McMillan' Dennis McShane, Minister for Europe
You can catch Ian's fabulous show on Friday night.
âa blast of fresh airâ Sue Arnold The Observer
âUnmissableâ Daily Express
âCraftyâ The Independent
âYou could call him daft as a brush but heâs as switched on as a power stationâ Yorkshire Evening Press
âRelentlessly jollyâ The Guardian
âwe were aching with laughter, pricked by small bright truthsâ John Harvey, The Nor...
This Easter, in Wiganâ¦
â¦Rosie Lugosi, Kate Long, Dorothy Neslon, John Siddique, James Nash, Anne Caldwell - and, of course, Write Out Loud's own Julian Jordon presenting the People's Poetry open mic evening - at Wigan and Leigh's Words 06.
And there's a children's poetry writing competition, plus lots of writing workshops: writing for children, writing against the odds, writing a play, writing hip-hopâ¦
The People's Poetry open mic is at the Orwell pub, Wigan Pier (5 mins from station),...
Ian McMillan's poem, Goodnight from Him, in memoriam of Ronnie Barker, is our poem of the month. And read Ian's thoughts on performance poetry (and Write Out Loud) on our discussion board.
And Ian is criticised by Susan Dent in her piece on performance poetry, also on the board. "I suspected something was up when a jovial Ian McMillan took to the stage and started talking about poetry as an adjunct of encouragement."
Go see, and have your say!.
Ian is one of the outstanding poets - Roger ...
Itâs goodnight from him And itâs goodnight to this: Saturday bathtime, a home win, The bliss Of a night in the glow Of a rented TV; A family spread out On two chairs, one settee. Itâs goodnight from him And itâs goodbye from me To a comedy built on dances with words, An eye for the language An ear for absurd Interlocutions, grammatical fluffs And lines that my brother just called âsentence stuffâ but it made us all howl and that was enough. So itâs goodnight...
Ian McMillan offers handy tips in our discussion pages, and explains why he supports performance poetry. He has also offered us a poem of the month - keep watching these pages!
OK, Iâll compare thee to a summerâs day: Youâre not that bright, but youâre hot. While poets may say youâre like the rose Both you and I know youâre not. True, you walk in beauty in the night (Though you look a bit rough by day). Now â how shall I make love to you? Let me count the waysâ¦
Our poem of the month is by
much-published poet and photographer Oz Hardwick.
Oz has just co-founded Speakersâ Corner, an open mic night for spoken word performers held on the second Wednesday of each month upstairs at The Yorkshire Terrier, Stonegate, York. Get yourselves there, and read more about Oz in poets' profile.
You, too, can enter "poem of the month", by publishing your details and a poem or two in poets profiles.
Hovis Presley was a mentor to Write Out Loud. We celebrated his life - yet again - at Oxford last week. The Independent has kindly allowed us to use, on this site, the wonderful obituary written by Toby Hadoke. And we urge you to attend one of our gigs if you want to buy a copy of his fabulous Poetic Off-Licence anthology. It is bound to becoem a collector's item.
or contact Dave Morgan at email@example.com
Clare Kirwan provides this month's poem, If I was. A wistful, pastoral poem in the style of Wordsworth - it aint! Funny, it is. But, you judge, and comment if you wish on the discussion pages.
Read Clare's details in Poet's Profiles - and add your own entry for poem of the month.
If I was string Iâd want you to unwind me If I was spices Iâd want you to grind me If I was a contract Iâd want you to bind me But Iâm a missing cog, a little lost dog â so just find me If I was a kettle Iâd want you to boil me If I was a robbery Iâd want you to foil me If I was a carpet Iâd want you to soil me But I aggravate, Iâm a creaking gate â so just oil me If I was a pilchard Iâd want you to catch me If I was a cottage Iâd want you...
John and Sandy are briliant poets and stalwarts of Write out Loud's various nights . Readâ¦
Susanna Roxman's Review of
WIGAN JOURNEY by John & SandrÃ© Clays
as published on New Hope On-Line Review
"These two poets, apparently a husband-and-wife team, write regional poetry in the best sense. Their poems are perhaps not extraordinary, but certainly well written, informative, and lively. Sometimes the mood is wistful, though never sentimental, sometimes playful. John and SandrÃ© Clays are very s...
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Putting the poet first! Our aim with this new website is to encourage ordinary poets to come forward and share their poety in public.
Putting the poet first! Our aim with this new website is to encourage ordinary poets to come forward and share their poetry in public.
We want every open mic and guest poetry night and similar events listed here. Then you can read your stuff all over the country (or even abroad)eventually.
Our aim is to increase the numbers of poets, performances and...