Articles in 2008
Following their recent rugby Grand Slam victory, the Welsh have experienced a surge in national pride. As the feelgood factor spreads across Wales, areas outside the rugby field are expected to benefit from this recent win. It couldnât be a better time to be Welsh. Nefyn-born pop singer Duffy stormed the charts, the successes of Torchwood and Dr Who is making Cardiff the premier destination for aliens across the Universe - and now the new National Poet of Wales has just been announced, g...
The second Bruntwood Playwriting Competition for the Royal Exchange aims to find new plays, new playwrights and new voices.
If you've never written a play before, log onto www.writeaplay.co.uk to find all you need to inspire and direct you; from how to structure the scenes to how to develop characters. Professional playwrights give advice and encouragement. There's a forum for chatting to others in the same position.
There's also information on what's happened to the winners of the first ...
entries: 1st August 2008. The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching The Manchester Poetry Prize - a new literary competition celebrating excellence in creative writing. The Manchester Poetry Prize is open to writers internationally, and will award a cash prize of Â£10,000 to the writer of the best portfolio of poems submitted.
In addition, a bursary for study at MMU will be awarded to an entrant aged 1...
The festival - which takes place from 7th to12th April - promises something for everyone, from graphic novels workshop for youngsters and cultural events to a murder mystery evening in Wirralâs spookiest library!
The main event is on Monday 7th April at Bromborough Civic Centre (half a mile from Bromborough Station),...
Mark Radcliffeâs recent Radio 4 programme "Hovis has left the building" (March 18 2008), has sparked a national interest in the work of Bolton poet Hovis Presley (1960-2005). With coverage in the review columns of the national press,...
They are looking to assemble a collection of short stories recording actual, as well as fictionalized, initial romantic encounters. They use the term âromanticâ loosely, to describe anything between that first electrifying glance and the uber-raunchy, one night stand. ...
Poems: up to 40 lines, any subject and style.
Judge: Linda Chase
Linda Chase is an American poet, living in Manchester, who teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University and runs Poets and Players. Publications "These Goodbyes" Fatchance Press, 1995; with Carcanet " The Wedding Spy" 2001 and "Extended Family", 2006
Cash Prizes: 1st prize, Â£70; 2nd, Â£40; 3rd, Â£25.
Plus: Sweetens Bookshop Prize: Â£30.00 book token for the best poe...
The Leigh and Wigan Words â08 Literary Festival is on us - Check our gig guide for full details of events.
As ever, there will be something for you all this year. Jim Eldridge, perhaps the most prolific writer for television and radio in the country will be presenting a workshop at the Wigan Cricket Club. Vincent Smith will be presenting the love poems of Thomas Hardy, and our dear friend Rosie Lugosi will be making an appearance in an unfamiliar guise as Rosie Garland, writer, performer and si...
The 2008 workshop will be the first stage of Gob Squadâs REVOLUTION NOW! series of performance and film projects. Together with 12 workshop participants weâll be investigating the idea of revolution, what part that idea plays in our lives today and how re-enactment can be a strategy for exploring it.
Participants need not have any vi...
Auditions: Sunday 13 April, The Round, Lime St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 2pm.
(Please note change of date)
Following on from our sell out Big Love Potion in February, Voodoo Word Circus is back!
We are looking for up and coming performers to work over 3 days (Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 June) with our Word Circus Team and a group of professional artists with a...
Are you a new writer* based in the North West of England? If so, would you like a one-to-one writerâs surgery/coaching session to discuss your work and your ambitions? Commonword is launching a free, new bimonthly service " happening on the second Thursday of every other month" and there are five slots available for Thursday 10th April.
Sessions are open to both prose writers and poets. Writers can provide up to 10 pages of prose (single-sided, minimum 1.5 spacing), or up to 5 poems (...
For Folkâs Sake is a new zine dedicated to the current folk scene, and will be launched in conjunction with the Northern Quarterâs MAPS festival in May. This bumper latest edition will showcase poetry and short prose set in amongst the usual news, views and interviews from the world of folk
The issue will be unleashed at the zineâs event, also entitled For Folkâs Sake, at the MAP...
Geraldine Collinge, director of Apples & Snakes, says, âThe Albany has a commitment to spoken word in its programming and wants to use it as a driver at this exciting time in its develop...
On Saturday 15 March 2008, after a Â£12.5m redevelopment, the Bluecoat will throw open its doors to the public for the first time since early 2005. Full details can be found at http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/ but Heart Beats have a slot in the Garden Room from 5pm with poets Bea Colley & Lisa Jones who will be joined by special guest poet Alicia Stubbersfield. Also expect music & poetry collaborations and cool electro-rock sounds from the dark and wonderful Friday's Ghost.
The Huddersfield Literature Festival is taking place between 7th and 16th of March.
Full details of the festival can be found at http://www.litfest.org.uk/ but events include:
Joanne Harris, (festival patron, pictured), who'll be discussing her life and work, including her new book The Lollipop Shoes; zany poet Nick Toczek who'll show you how to twist a rhyme and turn rhythm into poems, with a few magic tricks up his sleeve; plus sharp, silver-tongued performance poetry and lyrics fr...
Poet-puppeteer John Oxendale died suddenly but peacefully in his sleep on the 27th January, 2008 at the age of 55. With his company, Rubber Pig Productions, Jon was a poet and performer with a difference. He made his own puppets and the 'Little Theatre of Fantoccini' had over 70 performing marionettes: kings, queens, historical characters, fictional personages, etc.
Jon offered a wide variety of shows with a difference. There were poems for kids, or adults only or senior citizens or the whole fam...
The 10th open Essex Poetry Festival Competition is now open for submissions with the sole adjudicator being Kathryn Simmons
Closing date for entries is 30th July 2010. First Prize £1,000 Second £500, Third £250 and 3 runner-up prizes of £50 - full details http://www.essex-poetry-festival.co.uk/compa.html
We are running six short-term residencies across Lancashire prisons during May 2008 for the Offenders Learning and Skills Council at Lancaster and Morecambe College.
These residencies will work with offenders to produce new writing, audio recordings and artwork to be broadcast on BBC Radio Lancashire and exhibited across the county and online throughout 2008.
We want to recruit writers...
Full details can be found at http://www.francobritishcouncil.org.uk/schoolprize.htm
Weds 5th March at Contact Theatre, 7.00 pm. Free event (tickets from box office 0161 274 0600)
Visuals, music improv and spoken word from Lisa B, Bunty Looping, Urban Geisha, Caro Snatch, Jaheda Choudhury, Kerry Baldry.
Poets Slam in Totnes and emerged triumphant!
Nobody in the audience confessed to knowing Hovis but now they do.Elvis McGonagall triumphed by reading a selection of short stuff from Hovisâs seminal
work âPoetic Off Licenceâ with such classics as - Layla/inhaler, "and if it's any
consolation", "it's a jungle out there", "my little crony", "the four corners of the
seven seas" and "manchester olympics".For more...
Sally Jenkinsonâs poem challenges us to find the positives in the negatives, the tenderness in its abrasion.
Last month's poem of the month writer, Catherine Smith, has chosen Sallyâs piece because âit is resonant, sexy, brave. Great stuff."
Brave, too, for Sally to provide an audio version because she is, as she admits, terrified of performance. Click to the right for Sallyâs poem.
Let Sally know what you think by posting a comment or review.
Find out more about Sally and her work at
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Last month's poem of the month writer,Catherine Smith, has chosen this month's poem. Catherine says,"I really loved Sally Jenkinson's poem, it is resonant, sexy, brave. Great stuff." Find out more about Sally and her work at http://writeoutloud.net/poets/sallyjenkinson Double Negative It wouldnât be vaseline-lensed and soft focus, It wouldnât be the thick, impasto sex of lovers. It wouldnât be the arms-everywhere, giggling on the way down fucking of a one-night stand. It...
âIâve had loads of fun hosting it,â says Rosemary, âI want to thank all of the performers who have made this night special over the years as well as all the members of the audience who were always great.However, the end of an era is not always sad as it marks the beginning of another on...
Taylor Mali leads a team of New York slam champions live from Manhattan screened instantaneously in the UK where a team of UK slam champions attempt to show the world who has the greatest poetic performers.
@ Science Oxford, 1-5 London Place, East Oxford 8th March 2008 8pm GMT for more information email events@hammerandton...
THE UGLY TREE poetry magazineâs latest issue, just launched, has a host of poets and their work. Thereâs an interview with, and poetry from, Gerry Potter (aka Chloe Poems) plus: Tony Walsh, Hannah Kate, Caroline England, Dave Hall, Vincent Berquez, Dermot Glennon, Kate Noakes, Matt Doran, Sarah L. Dixon, John G. Hall, Todd Swift & Geoff Stevens.
To order a copy: www.mucusart.co.uk/theuglytree.htm <http://www.mucusart.co.uk/theuglytree.htm> or visit Cornerhouse bookshop on Oxford St in Manches...
Workshop 1: Sat 23rd Feb and last Saturday each month
12 to 3pm
Run by award-winning writer Alison Chisholm. In February we will focus on characters so come along if youâve ever wondered how to create realistic characters and give them a voice.
No experience necessary
For more information call Sefton Arts Development on 07792258413
Or email: Kate.Gorst@leisure.sefton.gov.uk
Or just come along on the day!
Yes even more chances to win some dosh!
Pulsar, Year 2007/2008, Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Apr-08
poems of up to 40 lines. Open to everyone over 16 years of age. Final
Adjudicator: David Pike. First prize Â£125, second prize Â£75, third
Entry Fee: Â£2.50 for the first poem, subsequent poems Â£1.50 each
Contact: Poetry Competition Administrator, Pulsar Poetry Magazine, 34 Lineacre, GragePark, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 6DA
Website: www.pulsarpoetry.comTorbay Open Po...
Zingedy! Dingedy! Bingedy! Bong! Limericks, rhymes, poems and songs. Awarding winning poet and performer HelÃªnâs much anticipated collection for 7-11 year olds, "We are Poets!" is available now. With illustrations by Paul Neads.
The We Are Poets! anthology features a selection of childrenâs poems ranging from the floor filling anthemic action poem: 'Everybody Everywhere Stomp Your Feet!' to the calming chill-out poetry of 'Memory Beach'. The book showcases a variety of poetic...
He is now picking up even more prestigious gigs on top of invitations to Warsaw and Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Tonyâs talent is at last being recognised, although Lady Luck did play a part on Friday.
Arriving late as a spectator, having been to...
Women Wanted â DJ's, Comediennes, Banner Makers, Poets, Actors etc.
If you want to be involved then please contact the relevant co-ordinators for each of the events
Any womenâs groups, organisations and individuals are welcome to get involved; a commitment to furthering âpeace and empowerment of womenâ is requested.
IWD 08 Art Exhibition
Venue: The Egg CafÃ©, off Bold Street/Renshaw Street, Liverpool
In this age of the DVD, computer games and ipods, it's good to know that at least some of the latest generation are still interested in writing poetry. For instance, Niamh Foley from the Wirral (pictured), is not only interested in poetry but has already won a prize and is determined to make poetry an important part of her life.
Well done Niamh! And donât forget, in only nine years weâll be seeing you at one of our poetry events when youâll be so goodâ¦.well the mind bogglesâ...
This year's Imagine Festival is a feast of words, laughter, jokes and games especially for children. Featuring storytelling, fiction, poetry, stand-up comedy and music, the festival features top children's authors and performers. The fun tak...
After months of hard work the Festival Team is proud (and pretty excited!) to announce this year's lineup. From the godfather of hip-hop poetry Saul Williams (pictured) to cult indie musician and writer Edward Larrikin and spoken word duo dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip; from novelists Joshua Ferris and Joe Dunthorne to comedians Josie Long and Richard Herring. We hope there's something wordy for everyone!
The festival runs from 20 February - 14 March 2008 and for full details see http://www.london...
Here are links for 6 competitions - good luck!
Norwich Writers' Circle 2008 Open Poetry Competition
John Coleridge, Mary Ingate, Doris Corti
Ver Poets Open Competition 2008
Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition
Click here for details - pdf
Little Bird Magazine is looking for submissions: No poem is too short but anything over 50 or so lines is quite long enough. We'd like to print poems that fulfil any of the following: Lively, Amusing, Rhythmical, Use local dialect, Are about Liverpool in some way, Make interesting use of rhyme. Here are a few themes which reflect our content: Liverpool. Literature, Art, Theatre, Music, Architecture, Pigeons, Obsession, Frustration, Creativity, Little birds. We are happy to receive ...
This is the poet Dominic Berry's (pictured) directorial debut; we've got 20 of Manchester's best poets (including Jackie Hagan, Lisa B, Freed Up's Steve O and Contact's At Home artist the fantastic Fergus) who have been working really hard since December to create an honest and original exciting modern piece.
Big Love Potion
from Monkfish Productions
Thursday 7th February starting at 8.00pm
We have been working hard all weekend to bring you a dark new multi-media spoken word cabaret event. I have seen the rehearsal, I have watched the performers, I have even written a piece myself and itâs going to be fantastic... One hour of Big Love... DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT......
It will feature brand new work from both professional (e.g. Ross Sutherland ...
Fax +44 (0) 208 333 2468 www.commonwork.org
Finding Your Voice presents STAND AND DELIVER
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April 2008
This weekend workshop has been developed for songwriters and singers of all abilities. Whether you're a seasoned professional or an absolute beginner you'll find your creative confidence...
Thatâs according to Jeremy Myerson, Prof of Design Studies at The Royal College of Art.
Tonyâs 20-minute poem, Zeroes and Ones, was declared the highlight of the WorkTech, the annual workplace, technology and innovation conference at The British Library, by some of the 400 delegates:
ââ¦performance of Zeroes and Ones. It was quite an extraordinary experience and undoubtedly the most memorable event of an excellent conference.â
Joanna Bawa, Editor, Usability News
"Very, very clever" John De...
Last month's poem of the month writer, Cath Nichols, has chosen this month's poem. Cath says,"Catherine Smithâs poem starts in a recognizable place (the religious door-to-door salesman) but then morphs off elsewhere. It encourages empathy but also surprises. I like that the religious type is not a Jehovahâs Witness, heâs âPresbyterianâ, and that the woman trapped on her doorstep visualizes her soul as a tatty mongrel dog that sheâs happy to lose. This is so distinctly âotherâ...
As the 200th anniversary of the parliamentary abolition of the slave trade passes, we invite North West based poets to submit original poems of up to sixty lines that engage with the theme of: Manchester, cotton and the slave trade.
Closing date: Monday 18th February 2008.
Very Brief Background
Manchesterâs wealth was built on its cotton mills. These mills sourced cotton from slave plantations of the Southern States of America. Cotton was often brought to England by ships ...
A FREE intensive Creative Writing Course
and Literacy Workshop
Have you been a UK/EC/EEA resident for the last 3 years
Are you aged 16 or over?
Do you live/employee/volunteer in Greater Manchester?If so you are eligible for this free two-session course at Bury College (OCN accredited and supported by the European Social Fund, terms and conditions apply)
Saturday 23rd February 9.30 ?" 4.0
âThe 3rd Annual Ted Walters International Short Story and Poetry Competition 2009.â
1st prize Short Story Category: Competition Winner Â£200, Runner up will receive Â£50
1st Prize Poetry Category: Competition Winner Â£200, Runner up will receive Â£50.
Competition Description & Rules.
Deadline for all categories 31st May 2009.
(Unfortunately any entries received after the above date will be deemed invalid.)
The University of Liverpool Creative Writing S...
Poems: up to 40 lines, any subject and style.
Judge: Linda Chase
Linda Chase is an American poet, living in Manchester, who teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University and runs Poets and Players.
Publications ?" These Goodbyes, Fatchance Press, 1995; with Carcanet ?" The Wedding Spy, 2001 and Extended Family, 2006
Cash Prizes: 1st prize, Â£70; 2nd, Â£40; 3rd, Â£25.
Plus: Sweetens Bookshop Prize: Â£30.00 book token for the best poem...
Yes, all you live lit lovers it's back, Manchester's foremost live literature night but it's a new time and new place though it's still absolutely FREE!
Show starts 6pm
Manchester Central Library Committee Room St. Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
This month RE:Verberate is here to put the pep back in your literary step this winter with a fantastic evening of entertainment.
Grace Cadbury Sobey
Paul Neads, independent publisher of The Ugly Tree and artist Con...
The Poetry Party invites you to be one of the first writers to take part in our latest Isle of Arran, Scotland workshop adventure on 28th June to 5th July 2008 only , Â£400 accommodation & expert poetry tutorship.
In the company of professional poets you will enjoy individual tutoring & group workshops run by published poets & experienced performance poets.
Up to now they will run like this:
* open-to-all workshops each morning 10-12ish
* private writing time in the afternoon
* open-to-all get toget...
Word Market celebrates the written word through a programme of exciting, live events and projects throughout the year.
As well as an annual festival, we hold regular workshops, master-classes and performances â with well-known poets, best-selling authors, publishers, literary agents and theatre directors.
Word Market has something to offer all ages, abilities and interests.
Word Market â for people who love words.
Dear Readers and Writers
Embryo (Studio Salford) are currently booking acts for their next event on Feb 1st and are particularly looking for some spoken word/poetry acts to perform a 10 minute slot. So if you are interested email your details to email@example.com.
To find out more about Studio Salford and Embryo check out http://www.studiosalford.com/
Judge: Carol Ann Duffy
1st Prize Â£1000, 2nd prize Â£500, 3rd prize Â£250
22 other finalists will win Â£25 each and all winning poems will be published in Mslexia
Closing date: 25 APRIL 2008 see http://www.mslexia.co.uk/menu/stop_press/poetry_comp.html
Winners will be notified mid-June and winning poems will be published in the summer issue of Mslexia (early July)
Lancaster University Department of Continuing Eduation offers a range of Creative Writing courses for those interested in writing for pleasure or profit. Courses run throughout the year with fees ranging from Â£44. Why not join us for our Creative Writing Celebration Week (14 - 20 June 2008) which includes poetry writing courses, workshops, readings and other attractions. Please contact us on 01524 592623/4 for a brochure or visit www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/conted
2008 Cardiff International Poetry Competition Closing Date:
Friday 1 February 2008
The closing date for the 2008 Cardiff International Poetry Competition is looming ever closer. But donât panic there are still a couple of weeks left in which to enter the competition and be in with the chance of walking away with a massive Â£5000 for just one poem. With further prizes of Â£500 for second place, Â£250 for third, and Â£50 each for five runners-up thereâs even more chance of winnin...
Hereâs a brilliant idea: FREE informal storytelling circle sessions to tie in with national âday ofsâ and âweek ofsâ, like Chinese New year and National Book Day.
The first and perhaps most important is: Stories of Childhood and Families, 17th January
The events run from January to March, as part of Liverpool Capital of Culture - and it doesnât involve Ringo or The Fat Controller. All take place at Life Bank Centre, Quorn Street, Kensington, L7 2QR. More details in Gig Guide.
Starting in Poetry and Dream, then working in the Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia exhibition, this six-week course invites you to write magical poetry from surreal art. Creative writing exercises will be offered to respond to these innovative artists and free the imagination. We will explore some of their techniques, such as collage, the ...
The theme of the first Buxton Poetry Competition is Water. Buxtonâs development has been dominated by the importance and abundance of water, one of the worldâs most important, enjoyable and life-giving commodities.The Competition
The competition is open to anyone of any age. There are three competition categories:Open Poetry Ages 19 and over Young Peopleâs Poetry Young people aged between 12 and 18 Childrenâs Poetry Children aged up to 11 years old Competition ThemePoems sho...
Scribble creative writing magazine is open to poetry / story submissions on the subject of NEW for its spring issue. Send your work to Kim Haygarth at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 29th February and include your name and postal address. Submissions under 300 words are recommended.
Our first poem of the month for 2008 was written by the popular leading North West poet, Cath Nichols. One-time coordinator of Liverpool's Dead Good Poets Society, Cath has gone on to various commissions and publications, including a highly successful radio play, appearances at several literature and arts festivals, and publications and recordings including Oxfam's âLife linesâ CD (Â£4.99 from your local Oxfam!), where she appears alongside Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Wendy Cope, et a...
Here are some more competitions:
ACADEMY OF CHILDRENâS WRITERS COMPETITION
We are currently promoting our Twenty Third Annual Write a Story for Children Competition that is open to all amateur writers over the age of 18. There are cash prizes of Â£2,000 for the best story submitted, Â£300 for second prize and Â£200 for the third placed story.
Independent judges, who will be looking for such qualities as originality, imagination and flair, will read the entries. Most importantly, they w...
Now you could be the second Peake Poet Laureate to find out how check out the link below http://www.artsinthepeak.co.uk/poet%20laureate%20of%20the%20peak.pdf
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Last month's poem of the month writer, Andy Hopkins, has chosen this month's poem. Andy says,"I really like its form in the opening stanza - with the rushed downward movement. I also like the sheer absurdity of the concept that she brings to light - allowing the poetic moment (and the strangeness of human science and endeavour) to speak for itself." Find out more about Cath and her work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/cathnichols Fear of Falling A raw egg was placed gently in ...