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Is Your Poem Worth £5K?

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Standing on your ‘own two (metrical) feet’

 

Does your poetry stand on its own two metrical feet? Will it amaze and delight a jaded judge after he or she has read it fifteen times? More importantly is your poetry worth £5,000? Now is the time to find out. The Cardiff International Poetry Competition closing date is looming and with a first prize of £5,000 and a shot at publication you’d be crazy to let a little bit of tinsel and turkey get in your way.

 

The competition...

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Re-Work JCCs Poems

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Fat Northerner Records is running a new project inspired by the work of John Cooper Clarke. They are looking for musicians and spoken word artists to re-work John Cooper Clarke’s poetry and music.

John Cooper Clarke (born 25 January 1949) is an English performance poet from Salford , Greater Manchester; he is often described as a punk poet, having initially achieved recognition in the late 1970s during the flourishing punk movement. His recorded output has mainly centered around musical ...

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Lavandería - Submissions Wanted

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Lavandería: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash and Word Magazine based in San Diego, California…

 

…seeks submissions from both women and men.  Act now as the deadline is 15th December

 

Fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and other dirty deeds signifying sorting, washing, ironing, folding laundry and life.

 

Maximum 5,000 words or 5 poems. Include short bio.

 

E-mail word doc submission only to lavanderiazspot@gmail.com.

 

For more info, go to: http://lavander...

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blankpages Presents...

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...an evening of poetry, prose and music for charity

Tuesday 25th November at The Briton's Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater St Manchester M1 5LE. Doors open at 7:30pm.  

Following on from the success of the creative writing contributions to the e-zine, blankpages, Blank Media brings you poets and performers in blankpages Presents...,  Their debut spoken word event in aid of Christies. 

Expect to hear poetry and prose readings from some of Manchester’s finest writers and performers:

Dominic BerryS...

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The Poetry Center of Chicago presents Li-Young Lee

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Listen to Li-Young Lee(pictured) on Chicago Public Radio click on this link
http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=29727

Li-Young Lee is the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry, his most recent being Behind My Eyes (W.W. Norton, 2008). His earlier collections are Book of My Nights (BOA Editions, 2001); Rose (BOA, 1986), winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University; The City in Which I Love You (BOA, 1991), the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; ...

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Poet Attacked by Christian Fundamentalists - reading cancelled! Join the protest

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The latest work from patrick jones, South Wales poet and playwright, suffered attack last night when Waterstones Managing Director, Gerry Johnson, stepped in to cancel the book launch at the Cardiff branch of Waterstones in the face of threats of protest from Stephen Green and Christian Voice.

Stephen Green, National Director of Christian Voice, said today: "...the fact is, we were prepared to go and do something, and it is that which I believe caused Almighty God to take our prayers seriou...

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Wild For Your Contribution

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In the Red,  the literary magazine from the Centre of Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, is accepting submissions for its latest issue. All writing must have the theme of "Wild" though this can be interpreted in any way that you please - experiment away!
 
*Poetry - up to 40 lines * Prose-  up to 750 words * Flash Fiction particularly welcome.

The magazine was started seven years ago with the intention of showcasing the best contemporary writing and has previously been edited by Sarah Mac...

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Poets of WW1 gallery

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the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 90 years ago to the day, and the Guardian has a gallery of photos of those war poets, along with a manuscript (click the image to enlarge) for Dulce et Decorum Est and other poems. Well worth a look on this significant day: http://tiny.cc/OJEAN

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Mothers & Daughters Writers Workshop

A women only workshop is a creative writing workshop, offered by the writers Anne Caldwell (Pictured) & Nell Farrell, on the theme of exploring the mother-daughter relationship.  
It is open both to beginners & more experienced writers, who would like to look at this topic, using their own life experience & family relationships as a starting point for writing.
 

Anne & Nell are both poets & short story writers, who have contributed to a new short story collection, 'Some Girl's Mothers', just ...

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PoetryFilm at Tate Britain

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On Friday 7th November 2008, Tate Britain, Pimlico there's a free showing of poetry films. Timings:

Auditorium
19.00-19.30 Screening
20.00-20.45 Screening and Discussion - what happens behind the scenes of a film?
21.00-21.30 Screening

A selection of PoetryFilms including an animation based on 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens; a film by Billy Childish celebrating the life of Dadaist and bicyclist Kurt Schwitters; a film about love and the present directed by the sub...

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THE FROGMORE POETRY PRIZE 2009

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The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize 2009, sponsored by Frogmore Press, will win two hundred guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers*. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Previous winners of the Prize have been David Satherley, Caroline Price, Bill Headdon, John Latham, Diane Brown...

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Erbacce Poetry Competition

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The writers' cooperative erbacce-press is running a fantastic FREE-TO-ENTER poetry comp; first prize is publication of a perfect bound copy of the winner's work, a generous royalties-contract, a dedicated sales-page and 20 free copies delivered to the winner. No age limit, no fees, anyone can submit. Please visit the website for full details: www.erbacce-press.com

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Calls For Submissions...

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Calling you all as amazing and established artists, movers and shakers and assorted literary 'erberts to contribute to the brand new spanking edition of Birmingham writers co-operative magazine 'Wrote Under Pressure.' This will be the fourth edition of the mag since it's inception in 2006 - and we hope to relaunch it kicking and screaming into 2009. With your help and fantastic artistry we can make it the best yet! All submissions will be gladly received, and shoved into A5 monochrome gor...

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Prose and Poetry Prizes

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 The New Writers Proze and Poetry Competition is open until 30th November. You can find full details  at http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizes.htm

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Review

Trees on Bear Road, Brendan Cleary

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Trees on Bear Road, Brendan Cleary, Sunk Island Publishing, £3.50 Reviewed by Jane Holland.

Still chipping away at the streetwise wordface, long-established poet Brendan Cleary excels at the pub anecdotal:


this guy at the urinal

turned round and stared

vomited white bile

the insides of his stomach

then crashed on the tiles

& died there & then

right in front of him


Master of the ampersand too, Cleary has not moved too far beyond his earliest beginnings in poetry...

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Poem of the month

White Goods

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This month's winner has been chosen by the first ever Poem of the Month winner, Clare Kirwan. Clare says, "It's a chatty, playful poem which teases and resonates on different levels... consumerism, confusion amongst a surfeit of choices and the difficulties of putting people into categories."

Find out more about Peter and his work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/blogs/petecrompton

WHITE GOODS

I went to see God in the out of town shopping centre

He has invited me to buy
64 thousand five hundred...

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