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Celebr8 Festival 2008

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Celebr8 on the Silver Screen is a NW  regional writing competition which asks entrants to submit an idea based on, ‘What diversity means to me’. It is part of the celebr8 (don't discrimin8) festival of diversity which will highlight the cultural, social and economic benefits diversity brings to the North West

See: http://www.celebr8.org/news.htm

 

Five entries will be chosen and be developed into short films. These will then be shown at a regional film premiere i...

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Bumper Month at Manchester's Central Library

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Look what's happening at Manchester's Central Library in July

1).   CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPEAN DAY - SATURDAY   5th JULY   11am - 4pm
books    information stalls      music     IT Sessions    Dual-language Stories    crafts for children    quiz     Prize Draw    Refreshments
 Contact Fran Devine on 234 - 1986

2).   JURIS  KRONBERGS - MONDAY  7th  JULY   6.30pm - 7.30pm
was born in Sweden in 1946, the child of Latvian war refugees. Fluent in Latvian & Swedish, he is a poet, translator & journal...

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Calls For Submissions

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Three magazines are asking for contributions

1. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR BRAND LITERARY MAGAZINE

BRAND Literary Magazine edited by Nina Rapi, with poetry editor Cherry Smyth and contributing editors including Ali Smith, Yang Lian, Jennifer Farmer is now accepting submissions for Issue 4.

We are focusing on the short form and are looking for high quality writing in any of the following:

short stories (max. 2.500 words); short plays or performance texts (max. 10 minutes); micro-fiction (up to five ...

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Anjum Malik and Friends

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A day of poetry, celebrating Friendship, Love and Food - Saturday 12th July, Wheatsheaf Library, Rochdale. It's Free with a Workshop: at 11am followed by Readings:  2.30pm

Anjum Malik returns to Rochdale with her poems and her poet friends to give you a very special experience.

Anjum will perform her food poems to make your mouth water and your tummy rumble, her love poems to make your heart beat faster for the one you love or the one you want to love, and her loss poems to remember, reminisce ...

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ESSEX YOUNG POET OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

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Open to Young Poets in Essex only. 

Has anyone in your school written a good poem since August 1st 2007?
Poetry in Practice organizes an annual event to celebrate the wealth of poetic talent in Essex. The event includes a very popular poetry competition for young people.

The competition is open to anyone under the age of 16 living in, or attending school in. Essex. Prizes will be awarded in four age categories. With the full support of Essex County Council the tit...

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Below the Belt in Manchester!

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New writer Mia Darlone launches her comedy production Below the Belt.

 

Featuring cast from network TV and Channel M productions, and a risky sexual content, this debut production from Mia Darlone is set to grab attention at this year’s Not Part Of festival in Manchester.

 

Mia Darlone started performing her rude poetic monologues, (as characters such as Cockney Rhyming Slag), on stage around Manchester at the end of 2007. She has just written a short film called X-rayted, (about an amor...

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A Fling in Chelmsford

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This July, don’t miss this brand new, ground-breaking event for Essex featuring a whole host of local talent and professional artistes in a cluster of tented spaces. This mini festival of wonders is aimed specifically at over 21s and offers an afternoon and evening out like no other in the county. It’s not big, but it is clever - The Fling will take place between 4pm and 11pm on Saturday 5th July with entertainment throughout the 7-hour event including live music, cheeky cabaret, come...

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Pat (PVT) West, RIP

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Write Out Loud is saddened to hear news of the recent death of Pat West, aka PVT West, founder and curator of Glastonbury's Poetry and Words Tent for the last 15 years.   Always providing an awesome line-up of poetic talent, the platform which Pat created has been a highlight in the career of hundreds of Uk and international poets and has entertained thousands of sun-burnt and mud-splattered punters over the years.  From performing in the nude to her inimitable handling of errant poe...

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Hovis Has Left the Building - hear it again!

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Lots of people are discovering Hovis for the first time, sadly.

Now you can hear the Radio 4 programme again by following this link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/progs/listenagain
 
Then click on the A-Z list to find the title of the programme which is available for 7 days after transmission.

Enjoy!
  

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Call For Performers In Chester

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Chester Performs is looking for Artists and Performers to take part in a two day summer street festival. Roam the Rows is a celebration of the city, its retailers, the cultural heritage and the people of Cheshire. It will take place on the Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of August in Chester City Centre.

They are looking for: 

Street artists and performersMusicians and singersComedy acts

  Please feel free to submit  ideas and suggestions for other ways to animate the city centre and en...

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Call for Performers in Manchester

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You may recall there was a Not Part Of New Years Eve last January. Due to the success of that event the organisers will be running it again on the last day of this years Not Part Of Festival (3rd-12th July) on Saturday 12th July. This is a 1 day festival hosting over 30 artists under 1 roof over 2 spaces.

Each artist gets 15 minutes to perform.

We are looking for performers for this eclectic and exciting event;

Stand Ups
Poets
Actors
Theatre Company's
Dancers
Bands
Sing...

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Introduction to Scriptwriting for Screen Course

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A course from Primary Creations taking place on Tuesdays from 17th June 2008, 7.30pm - 9.30pm at the Dancehouse, Oxford Road, Manchester.  6 sessions at a cost of £45.

The sessions are designed to help structure your ideas, develop them, give feedback on your work and a great opportunity to network with other northwest writers.

You do not need to have any previous writing experience to benefit from these sessions as they work step by step through the process looking at, formatting ...

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1,000 visitors to this website in a single day

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Write Out Loud is proud and grateful to say that on Monday www.writeoutloud.net had 1,079 (one thousand and seventy nine) visitors, another record for us.
Increasing use is being made of the gig guide, blogs, chat facility, poets' showcase, etc and our reputation is growing daily.
Our aim is simply to spread the word(s) about the joys of poetry and of sharing our writing with each other; giving a voice to anyone who wants to write and share their writing with other po...

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Marvin Cheeseman & Julian Daniels

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Two of the finest exponents of comic poetry join forces to bring you a marvellous evening of mirth and merriment.

Marvin Cheeseman made his debut as a performance poet at Manchester's Frog and Bucket comedy club in 1998 - we look forward to welcoming the Doyen of Deadpan to wordfest!

Julian Daniel is a stand-up comic with a burgeoning reputation on the Northern circuit, and his recent tongue-in-cheek book How to Dump your Girlfriend co-written with Henry Pumpkin has been published to much ...

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Prize-winning Poet Sails Away with £5000

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The results of the 2008 Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition were announced at a floating ceremony aboard cruise vessel Seren Y Bae on Tuesday 3 June 2008. 

 

Rose Flint (pictured) from Wiltshire sailed away with the first prize of £5000 for her poem The Field. Judges Jo Shapcott and U A Fanthorpe commented that her poem ‘practically jumped out of the pile, fuelled by its own energy and exuberance. The poet has caught precisely the explosive force, the juice and joy, the...

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Conclave - Submissions Wanted

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Conclave: A Journal of Character seeks writing that centres around well-crafted characters - complex and authentic. Love them or hate them, characters who are unforgettable and infuse their stories with life beyond the page. Conclave welcomes short stories, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and prose poems. International submissions are encouraged, but all submissions must be in English. www.conclavejournal.com

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Blow Your Trumpet Blow!

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[An article by Sarah Willians, Poetry Editor of Writers’ Forum magazine]

We're not very good in the UK at blowing our own trumpet - but there's not much point performing to rows of empty seats, and anyone who wants an audience needs to make sure that somebody knows the show's happening (or the book launched, the workshop scheduled, the award won and so on). As poetry editor of a creative writing magazine, I'm constantly amazed by how few poetry people send me press releases, even though I...

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Mental Virus Magazine Submissions

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Submissions are now being accepted for Issue 6 of The Mental Virus.
Art, poetry, fiction, photography, charity shop reviews, curio-type articles - all wanted.
Submission to WOL's John Togher at woodenhorse@tiscali.co.uk

Check out the MV web site www.thementalvirus.com
 

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Writing Opportunities from Cinnamon Press

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Cinnamon Press writing awards offer not only cash prizes, but the prospect of a publishing slot with a contract for first poetry collection/ first novel or novella and short stories. Previous winners and runners up have proven their quality not only in the competition, but by going on to critical acclaim and further awards - Jane McKie, only yesterday announced as Scottish book of the year best first book for Morocco Rococo; Ruth Leader’s The Peacock Room shortlisted for best first poet...

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The Latest Ugly Tree Poetry Magazine Out Now

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The Ugly Tree continues to promote the best new work from the northwest and around the world. The new issue includes an interview with, and poetry from, Manchester’s exceptional Mike Garry and features 17 other vibrant poets: Vincent Berquez, Rachel Fox, Simon Rennie, Edward Lee, Paul Robinson, Geoff Stevens, Ken Champion, Lucy Winrow, Michael Lee Johnson, Richard Barrett, Michael Wilson, Sarah L. Dixon, Nigel Humphreys, Lincoln O'Neill, Neil Campbell, Helên Thomas & Natalie Williams. ...

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The Poetry of Yellow Mountain

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On Saturday 7 June 2008, 7.45pm, in the Southbank Centre London, hear from a global array of poets whose work has been inspired by the Yellow Mountain festival in China. Yan Liang and WN Herbert introduce Wang Xiaoni, Luo Ying from China, whose readings will be interspersed with those from Arthur Sze (USA), Fiona Sampson (UK), Odia Ofeimun (Nigeria).
An inspirational evening of poetry in translation. http://tinyurl.com/4bw4vz

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Celebrating Dyslexic Storytellers

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DYSSING MONADYS are still looking for poetry submissions for OCT and NOV.

 
Submission guidelines are on www.missfitproductions.org
 
Closing date: 30 Sept 2008

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A Guide to Successful Self-Publishing

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When Write Out Loud member Bill Keeth was looking to place his debut novel with a commercial publisher or a literary agent, not one of the firms he contacted wanted to know. Which is simply par for the course, as any unpublished author will tell you - certain published authors, too. Irvine Welsh, the best-selling author of Trainspotting, puts it like this: ‘I would never have been published if I started writing now. Publishing goes through cycles. It’s never been so conservative.’

Bil...

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Poem of the month

The Hare

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Last month's poem of the month writer,Gaia Holmes, has chosen this month's poem. Gaia says,"I've chosen 'The Hare' as I love the sharpness and precision of the language. I love the clear, strong imagery and the way the words effectively evoke a chill. " Find out more about Christine and her work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/christinebousfield THE HARE I’m an arctic ghost, now figure, now ground, a shiver on the white horizon; a fierce and cunning mother, I bear bone-a...

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Launch of Chat Facility On Write Out Loud Web Site

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Yes Write Out Loud has launched a Chat facility on its web site - so why not try it with your friends?


Note: You can open the WOL site in more than one browser i.e. have two or more versions of the site on your computer at the same time - you can then have a different chat session in each i.e. chat to two or more people at the same time.


Here are a couple of Frequently Asked Questions to help get you started


How do I chat with another member of Write Out Loud?


Firstly, Log in using your email...

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Birmigham's Sunday Xpress Relocated

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Wrote Under Publishing are pleased to announce that The Sunday Xpress Open Mic is still growing strong and now relocated to the Adam and Eve pub in Digbeth. This new location boasts more seats, excellent sound and a cleaner yet still homely and friendly atmosphere. Now on every third Sunday of the month (dates below) the show usually starts around half 3 or 4pm and continues til late, where it changes into an open jam organised by Tony from Loop Promotions.

The Sunday Xpress is still...

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The Other Room - Seconds Out

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On Wednesday 4 June 2008 at 7.15pm, Manchester will see the second installment of the bi-monthly experimental poetry night, The Other Room, part of The Openned Readings series. The outstanding line-up: Alex Middleton, Robert Sheppard, Harriet Tarlo, promises what will be an unmissable night on the Manchester poetry scene. See gig guide for full details.

Moving on from where Openned poetry nights at The Foundry, London have established, consistent line-ups of today’s most important ...

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Call For Non-Fiction Submissions

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This is call for articles for the online PDF magazine, Incorporating Writing.

For the next issue articles between 1,000-2,500 words on the theme of PULP are required.  They are also looking for artwork too, 6 A4 jpeg images.

Incorporating Writing is a voluntary magazine, edited by Andrew Oldham (pictured), with a readership of 100,000+ a year and therefore cannot offer payment. It is a great opportunity to be printed in a reputable, respected UK publication.

They do not publish fiction or poetr...

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Join The Circle of Hands

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The next Circle of Hands Chat gathering for writers will take place on Saturday May 31st, at 9pm (GMT).
 
If you're unsure how that relates to your own time zone, simply Google an international clock.
 
Previous scheduled chats have attracted international publishers, writers of many genres, plus a host of enthusiastic readers!
 
Talk about writing, books - or anything, really.  Chocolate muffins have been mentioned...!
 
Locate the Circle of Hands at http://www.adelecosgrove-bray....

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Poetry is Dead!

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'Poetry is Dead'  is the debut show from northern poets Joe Hakim and Mike Watts.
 
Taking performance poetry by the throat, this show is an unflinching observation of life in the 21st century, an acerbic verbal happy slap in the face of spoken word.
 
Tackling themes ranging from boy-racers to pet rats to gambling addiction, 'Poetry is Dead' is premier league poetry from the streets of Hull. Raw and uncompromising, this show pullsno punches with its sometimes shocking observ...

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Walt Whitman Celebrations in Bolton

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Walt Whitman Celebration Weekend, Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2008

Bolton’s Whitmanites and the Edward Carpenter Forum will be hosting events in and around Bolton to celebrate the poet’s birthday and the 25th revived ‘Whitman Day’ walk and picnic

Two noted authors will provide a depth of local knowledge and a truly international perspective on the continuing links between Walt Whitman and Lancashire.

Dr Paul Salveson, from Bolton, is the author of a new edition of W...

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A Blush in Staindrop Church

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The poet Christopher Smart (pictured) was born in Kent, but came to Durham at the age of eleven and lived under the wing of the Barnard family at Raby Castle. He attended Durham School in the 1730s and went to Cambridge University in 1739.

Robert Browning was one of Smart's few nineteenth century fans - in fact, he seemed to regard Smart's as the greatest poetic achievement between Milton and Keats and affirmed that Smart, at least on one occasion, 'Had reached the zenith from his madhouse ...

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Live Poetry at Dove Cottage

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Psst...wanna hear about some daffodils?

OK the poetry may not be at Dove Cottage itself and daffodils may or may not be involved, but the Wordsworth trust have got a plethora of poets visiting over the coming months, from Kathryn Simmonds (pictured) to Simon Armitage, Jackie Kay to John Hartley Williams and many more. Plus there is a "Listen again" facility on the web site - So have a look at the site, grab some daffs or any other bunch of flowers that are in season and away you go!

http://www.wor...

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Writing Workshop in Wales

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Creative writing workshop with Phil Bowen - ‘A Fresh Look and a Fresh Listen.’ Participants should, if possible, bring a copy of any poem by Robert Frost and be prepared to create something new: poetry, prose or both.

Friday 6th June, 10.00-12.30, at Ceridwen, Drefelin, nr Drefach Felindre, Carmarthenshire, SA44 5XE.
www.ceridwencentre.co.uk

More information from and places to be booked in advance with - Simone on 01559 370517. Cost £7.50 each.

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Write Out Loud Partnership with University of Bolton

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(Photograph, from left to right: Julian Jordon (WOL), Martin Thomasson & Matthew Welton (University of Bolton) and Paul Blackburn (WOL) 

The partnership between Write Out Loud and the University of Bolton was officially launched at a creative writing showcase event at the Octagon Theatre on 20th May, organised by students Scott Devon, Keith Hilling and Luke Martens, all supporters of Write Out Loud.

The university's creative writing courses have grown in reputation in recent years, produ...

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Writing Commision For NW Writers

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Flax is looking to commission a short fiction and a poem for a pair of limited edition posters to be launched at this year's litfest in Lancaster.

In the first instance, we invite any interested writers, who live or work in
the North West, to send three short fictions (200 words max) or three poems
(20 lines max) by noon on Friday 27 June to flaxbooks@litfest.org.

We will select six writers (three prose writers / three poets) by mid July.
Each of these writers will be paid a flat fee of £150 to writ...

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Ledbury Poetry Festival

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The increasingly prestigious Ledbury Festival is taking place this year from the 4th to the 13th July. There's everything from Carol Ann Duffy (pictured) to a poetry jukebox; the Ledbury choir to film, discussion, open floor and much, much more - for full details visit:  http://www.poetry-festival.com

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Poetry for Peace

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Poetry for Peace writing competition, commemorating 50 years of CND in Britain. Poems and stories up to 50 lines in length, deadline 21 July 2008.  For more details call Steve on 0114 243 0867

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Write your way to £1000! Quick!

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Phrased and Confused want to commission four lyricist, poet or spoken word artists interested in creating and performing new work for - the Phrased & Confused Tent at the Summer Sundae Weekender, a cracking festival which takes place in Leicester 8-10 August.

Each commission is worth £1000 and you’ll receive a weekend pass for you and a guest, camping space in the artist field and travel expenses to and from the festival. Artists we commission will be asked to create at least 15 minutes of new...

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300th Poet on the WOL Poets' Showcase

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James Kennedy aka Jimmy Fantastik (pictured) became the 300th poet to post his profile onto our Poets' Showcase. I only wish we had a prize to give him to mark this momentous occassion, but we don't so there you go!

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Bolton University Graduate showcase and Write Out Loud creative partnership launch

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Matthew Welton will be one of the poets reading tonight as we launch our unique creative  partnership with Bolton University. It's the start of two days of showcasing their excellent  creative writing students' work, and will be really worth experiencing.

Bill Naughton Studio, Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South - 7.30pm

Entry: Free

Final year students from the University of Bolton, including Write Out Loud regulars Scott Devon and Keith Hilling perform their work ove...

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Writing & Performing Tips Presentation

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On Thurs 22nd May, poet Mike Garry and comedian Julian Daniel, will be doing a talk as part of the Chorlton Arts Festival. The talk will last about an hour and will consist of chat about how Julian & Mike got into writing, performance and writing tips, how to get noticed and how to get published. There will also be a Q&A session.
 
This event takes place Thurs 22nd May, upstairs at the LLoyds pub, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton. It takes place from 8pm and is FREE, although there will be books fo...

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SoundBlast Goes Live Today

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The Poetry Book Society and Apples & Snakes are delighted to announce that SoundBlast goes live today. This lively new section on the Poetry Bookshop Online is dedicated to CDs from some of the UK’s best performance poets.

http://www.poetrybookshoponline.com/sblast/

In addition to selling all poetry books currently in print in the UK and all 97 of the CDs featured on the Poetry Archive website, the Poetry Book Society’s online bookshop is now extending its range to include CDs from UK-base...

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Win Loads of Money!

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Here are some Competitions for you to enter sent to us by Sarah MacLennan of Dead Good Poet's Society in Liverpool.

Poetry on the Lake 8th International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 12-May-08
Categories: 1.Silver Wyvern - max.60 lines, theme 'Colour', Adjudicator: Jo Shapcott. 2. Short poems - max.10 lines, open theme, Adjudicator: Penelope Shuttle. 3. Formal verse - max.40 lines, open theme, Adjudicator: Michael Swan. Prizes: Silver Wyvern Award + £400; £100; £50 x 2 Short & ...

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Poetry in the Luton Arts Festival

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As part of the Luton Arts Festival there are several poetry events that are well worth a look, check out http://www.lutonartsfestival.org/event/poetry for full details 

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Review

Poetry at the Edinburgh Fringe 2007?

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REVIEW: Performance Poetry at the Edinburgh Fringe 2007

There is a vibrant performance poetry scene at the Edinburgh Fringe.  The problem is finding it. 
 
The potential is vast and performance poets should not be deterred from bringing their work here.  However, an outline of the position, as I have found it, may help any who may consider doing so.
 
During the weeks I have been here, I have discussed the scene with many, including the poet-in...

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Is your poetry worth £10,000?

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That’s for first prize in The Manchester Poetry Prize 2008.
And all you have to do is knock off a few poems and, er, win.
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 £10,000 to the writer of the best portfolio of poems submitted.
In addition, a bursary for study at MMU will be ...

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Les Murray reads in Guildford - and it's free!

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The University of Surrey Annual Public Event - A Poetry Reading by Les Murray
Friday 30th May 2008
School of Management, University of Surrey
Drinks Reception: 6:00pm
Reading: 6:30pm
Admission FREE
Tickets available from the University Box Office
T: 01483 686876
E: boxoffice@surrey.ac.uk

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Roam the Rows in Chester

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Roam the Rows, a summer event in Chester on Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 August 2008, is a celebration of the city, its retailers, the cultural heritage and the people of Cheshire. The organisers want to attract more visitors and curious shoppers to ‘Roam the Rows’ during the summer months of Chester when there are fewer events on offer. It is also a fantastic opportunity to provide a platform for local and regional artists.

Chester has many unique features, one of the most notable being the ...

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Paper Planes Creative Writing Workshop

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Whatever you write, switch on new ideas by taking part in this innovative and informal workshop with its range of creative and practical exercises. Whether you write scripts, poems, stories, blogs or novels, this workshop is for you. Led by Commonword trustee Steve Waling and Comma fiction writer Anthony Sides. All enquiries email: fiona@chorltonartsfestival.com

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Chorlton Arts Festival 16th to 24th May

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Last year over 18,000 people attended the Festival week and the organisers are confident that this year’s programme will match, if not exceed that figure. As always, there is a hectic week in store for you and one that really highlights the tremendous range of artistic talent that exists in south Manchester. For full details see http://www.chorltonartsfestival.com

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Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival

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The 18th Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival celebrates both the 80th year since Hardy's
death and the 40th year of the conference.

This week-long event offers a programme of lectures, talks, poetry readings, excursions, walks
 and entertainments.
There will be a core of invited speakers, including: Fran Brearton, Alan Chedzoy, Phillip Mallet, Bill Morgan, Stephen Regan, Christopher Ricks, Nicola Watson and Peter Widdowson.

For full details of the conference including fees and call for papers...

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Psst..Wanna Improve Your Poetry Skills?

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The Poetry School is offering an unprecedented choice of activities this year. From the ongoing commitment of a year-long course to a burst of inspiration from a one-day workshop, the school offers poets of all levels opportunity to improve your skills. We are open to everyone, regardless of qualifications or experience.   The School runs a generous Bursary Scheme to support individual artists who would like to attend a course or series of workshops. The School is anxious that no o...

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Poem of the month

I'd like to live in a French Film

Last month's poem of the month writer, Helen Shay, has chosen this month's poem. Helen says,"This is an expertly-crafted poem that appeals through its sensuous evocation of an imagined life, described in such naturalistic detail we can smell the Gauloise. It is this juxtaposition of the artificial (a celluloid film experience) with sensory experience of the real that drives the poem. In it, life literally imitates art. After reading the poem and being drawn into its rhythmic momentum, I fe...

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erbacce 13 lives!

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erbacce's Journal 13 featuring Misti Rainwater-Lites is now in print and it may be that your poetry has been included too.
 
Go to the website http://www.erbacce.com and click on Journal 13; if your name is there send them an email with your snail-mail address and they'll send you your free copy. If you wish to order more copies indicate in your email the number of copies required.
 
Do not presume they have your snail-mail address
(Subscriber co...

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Review

Drab Curtains & Mustard Walls by Darren Thomas

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REVIEW: Write Out Loud's Open Mic Night at the Howcroft Inn, Bolton 17th February 2008

The Howcroft with its authentic drab curtains and mustard coloured walls creates an impression of a well worn but tired looking establishment. One way to instil the pizzazz and razzmatazz of yesteryear would be to fill its rooms to their maximum capacity with sounds of mirth, merriment and clinking glasses. Another way would be to scatter a room with poetic utterances set amongst a receptive yet subjecti...

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The New Writer Competition

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This is the seventh year of the Prose & Poetry Prizes sponsored by The New Writer magazine, although it is the tenth consecutive year of the Poetry Prizes - previous winners include Mark Granier, John Halladay, Linda Lamus, Mario Petrucci, Amanda White whose winning entries appeared in our anthologies.
For full details of the competition go to www.thenewwriter.com/prizes.htm

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International Poetry Competition

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The Arvon International Poetry Competition 2008 opens on May 1st...

2008 marks Arvon’s 40th birthday and the fourteenth Arvon International Poetry Competition. The competition is open to all poets around the world and poems are entered anonymously. There are no line or subject matter restrictions.

The judges for 2008 are UK Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, Moniza Alvi and Alice Oswald.

The competition will open on 1st May 2008 and the deadline for entries is 15th August - we must receive eve...

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The National Poetry Competition 2008

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Sinéad Morrissey (Pictured) won the 2007 National Poetry Prize, this year it could be you!
For full details about the The Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition 2008 visit their web site at http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/npc/


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New Reviews section on this website

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Read poet and critic, James Hartnell, on the latest Ugly Tree magazine, Louise Coulson on the Wigan Open Floor Poetry night, and Dave Morgan reviewing the latest Dead Good Poets Society event.

Fancy being a reviewer? We are looking for submissions from prospective reviewers of poetry journals, magazines, readings, open mic nights, festivals, gigs, anthologies, courses, workshops…

Over the next few months we are going to commission some reviews, but we also want your reviews of all that is going ...

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Write Out Loud Success In Liverpool Slam!

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Write Out Loud regulars, Nat Clare and Pete Crompton, won second and third places respectively in The Liverpool slam held at the Casa, Hope St Liverpool on Monday 21st April.

Winner Angry Sam (pictured) is a recent newcomer to the North West and you can find our more about him and all the other poets in our Poets' Showcase.

All three of them, along with 4th placed Clare Kirwan, will be attending a slam in Bristol as NW representatives - for more details watch this place.

Congratulations to everyone...

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Ugly Tree Reviewed by James Hartnell

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REVIEW: The Ugly Tree Issue 17 ISSN 1478-8349 Mucusart Publications £4.00
ed. Paul Neads

With 38 poems from 19 contributors including one featured poet, this A5 perfect-bound issue represents very good value. For those who are unfamiliar with the magazine, most poems here are ‘normal’ in terms of layout and content, though one poem uses variable fonts and another uses translation software in this issue. The 19 contributors comprise some really big hitters - 5 are editors of other p...

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Dropping the Mask by Dave Morgan

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Review: Rosie Garland (pictured) and Aaron Murdoch at Dead Good Poets Society, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool Wed 15 April 2008

The performances of Rosie Lugosi and Chloe Poems have generally left me feeling in much the same way as young children often feel about circus clowns. Well not quite hysterical jibbering terror, but a sense of wondering if there’s a victim involved in this edgy cabaret and could it be me. Cruel intelligence and a mask coupled with material which often pushes the b...

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Better Late... By Louise Coulson

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REVIEW: Write Out Loud's Open Mic Night at the Tudor House, Wigan 10th April 2008

After a late start - the guy who usually does the sound had doubled booked and was rehearsing with his band so we had to wait for the cavalry to arrive though we were rolling by nine. I don’t know how this affected the mood of the comperes’ especially Darren Thomas (pictured) on his debut, though, to be fair, it didn’t seem to phase him at all.

Sandre Clays started off reading a poem of her...

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Creative Writing Courses In Bristol

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Courses start this week and if you want to know more please contact Rosemay Dun (pictured) email rosemary.dun@virgin.net.

These Summer Term courses are at the Folk House and are run by Rosemary Dun MA, PGCE, in creative writing.  Two 10-week courses plus one Day Workshop.  Summer Term 2008 21st April - 5th July.  Half Term 26th-31st May
Bristol Folk House Co-operative Ltd., 40a Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG.  Tel.  0117 926 2987
 
Write Your Novel Weds. 6-8...

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BBC Poetry Archive

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Give yourself a treat listening to the likes of Roger McGough, Wendy Cope, Benjamin Zephaniah, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes...

A great selection of poets reading their own work can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/arts/poetry/outloud.

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News From Salt Publishing

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Salt has announced the expansion of its free online magazines with the launch of a new literary review, Horizon, set to appear in September. Since moving its eponymous Salt Magazine from print to the Web in 2007 the literary publisher has seen visits to its popular Web site more than double. Novelist, poet and critic Jane Holland will run Horizon for the next three years, editing two issues a year.

“The critical review is the lifeblood of the literary magazine,” says Holland “As we...

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Young? Creative? Ambitious? Make Some Noise!

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Do you work with or know young talented people up to the age of 25 who deserve recognition?

NOISEfestival.com  is a Europe-wide media showcase for young creative people aged 25 and under. NOISE is a not-for-profit company which aims to help young people with talent, to gain opportunities in the Creative Industries, so it is free to take part!

Submissions are open now so just go to www.NOISEfestival.com click the registration button, create a profile and upload work.

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Win £5k for your poem

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The Bridport competition for Short Stories and Poetry, with a £5k top prize in each category, is open for entries until 30th June 2008 and you can find out full details of rules, judges and how to enter at http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

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Breaking Into The Arts

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Breaking into the Arts is a FREE arts festival hosted by the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. It will consist of the following:

The Media Factory
13:30 - 15:30 Parallel workshops on poetry (Matt Simpson), scriptwriting (Helen Farrall), fiction (Dinesh Allirajah). Limited numbers, booking essential contact CETH@UCLAN.AC.UK 01772 892250

Foster Staff Lounge
16:00 - 17:00 Publishing your work panel (Jim Hinks, Comma Press; Judith Wilson, Carcanet press; Graham Foster, Transmission)

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Hope Springs the Gig in Leeds

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Khadija Ibrahim, once a fabulous guest poet at one of our Write Out Loud Octagon nights, leads an evening of poetry and music at Leeds West Indian Centre on Fri Apr 18th at 8.30 pm.
With Steve and Moses, Khadijah Ibrahiim, Rivers, Fairplay, Garfield, Sista Imani, Terry Simpson, Leeds Young Authors and Stevie James.
Details on  guide.

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How Many Poets Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?

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How the hell would I know...

Cat Davies and Tony Kinsella are looking for poets/comedians for a comedic poetry record-setting attempt in order to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. To take place as part of the Manchester Comedy Festival this coming October, the show will gather as many comedians and poets as possible together to read for around 3 minutes each, though this will depend on the final number of participants, obviously.

It's an attempt to set a new Guinness record for the most co...

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Two Rivers Meet – a Unique Collaboration

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A unique project between Limerick’s White House Poets and Northern Voices from Newcastle upon Tyne in North East England comes to fruition on Wednesday 30th April at the White House Pub in Limerick.

A special edition of ‘Revival’, the journal of the White House Poets, called ‘Two Rivers Meet - Poetry from the Shannon and the Tyne’ will be launched featuring poets from the two cities. A delegation of poets from Newcastle will attend a civic reception at Limerick City Hall, hosted b...

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Contribute to Manchester's "Not Part Of The Festival" Festival

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Manchester's "Not Part of the Festival" are looking for artists, creators, venues, acts, promoters, etc who want to be involved with a festival (3rd - 12th July) that will not profit from them but provide a platform for them to promote themselves and all the other artists involved. We place no artistic constraints on creators other than they take the Not Part Of Oath to support all the other artists that have done the same.

‘If you already have an event on in and around Manchester ci...

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Top authors at Wirral BookFest

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Jenny Colgan, Mike Gayle, Jojo Moyes, John Siddique, Cheshire laureate Andrew Rudd, as well as Adam Khan and the lovely Clare Kirwan herself…  in fact lots of great writers appear at Wirral’s new BookFest ?" from 7th to12th April ?" with something for everyone, even a murder mystery evening in Wirral’s spookiest library!
For individual events, see the gig guide for those dates
The main event is on Monday 7th April at Bromborough Civic Centre (half a mile from Bromborough Station) ?" a ‘Mee...

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Tarzan of the Antirrhinums

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Listen out for our own Moxy Casimir's (pictured) play "Tarzan of the Antirrhinums" which is on Radio 4 at 2.15pm on Thursday 10th April. 

Moxy Casimir is nom-de-plume of one of the country's leading playwright Lavinia Murray. If you can't hear it on the day then you will be able to hear it using the BBC's "Listen again" facility. 

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Queer Up North International Festival (9 - 25 May)

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The English Research Institute at MMU, in association with the Writing School, is delighted to co-host the following literary events in partnership with the Queer Up North International Festival.

Literary Lunch with Jackie Kay: Sat 17th May (12:30 pm), ABode Manchester, 107 Piccadilly.

Renowned poet and novelist Jackie Kay gives gives an exclusive reading of a brand new (and as yet unpublished) short story, plus poetry from her last collection; and talks about her writing including the classic n...

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Cinnamon Press Writing Awards

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A chance for you not only to win some money for your writing but to win a publishing contract with one of the most prestigious publishing houses.


Cinnamon Press Novel/la Writing Award:

first prize - £400 + publishing contract for debut novel of 50 to 80,000 words. Or debut novella of 20 to 45,000 words (adult or teen novels/novellas) Entries by post + sae. Submit first 10,000 words. Separate sheet - name, address, email, working title, nom de plume, novel/la word count. Five finalists subm...

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Dylan Thomas: Return Journey

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Actor and writer Bob Kingdom presents Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, a remarkable portrait of the life of the legendary Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Originally directed by Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dylan Thomas: Return Journey has been a sell-out success throughout the world, and entranced the critics.

"A pleasure…It is, for a moment, as if Thomas is actually in the room" - The Stage
"A thrilling lyrical journey" - The Guardian

At Manchester's Library Theatre on the 1st and 2nd May - see gig guide ...

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Making Poetry - Birmingham Workshops

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There are a series of "Making Poetry Workshops" in Birmingham over the next few months, for full details see http://www.jacquirowe.com/page6.htm

Workshop Dates and Topics
10th May - SELF AND OTHERS

14th June - TREASURES OF THE CITY

19th July - MASTERCLASS - BEGINNINGS AND SURPRISE (with Mario Petrucci)
9th August - GETTING IT OUT THERE

20th September - MASTERCLASS (with Mario Petrucci)

15th November - ROLLING THE DICE






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WOW Needs You!

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Would you like to volunteer to help out during Liverpool's Writing on the Wall festival which is taking place through the whole of May 2008?  If so, then please email or telephone the WoW office on 0151 703 0020 as soon as possible, as there will be a volunteers’ organizational meeting in the near future.

As a volunteer, WoW would pay for your travel to and from venues, and refreshments would be provided. 

General volunteer duties include: giving out and collecting in evalua...

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New Sponsor For Write Out Loud

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We are also pleased to announce that we are receiving sponsorship for the Rochdale branch of Write Out Loud from Bright Books. The photograph show Bright Books managing Director Ken Park handing over a cheque to Write Out Loud's Paul Blackburn at a World Bookday event at the book shop in March.

Bright Books is a rather wonderful independent bookshop that is also a wholesaler to schools, libraries and prisons - check it out http://www.brightbooks.co.uk and give it your support!

As public funding...

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Caribbean Houseparty In Wales

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There’s a Caribbean Houseparty consisting of workshops and performances in Wales in May.
 
 Maggie Harris, (www.maggieharris.co.uk), is organising it in Carmarthenshire, West Wales at the Ceridwen Centre  (www.ceridwencentre.co.uk ) on the weekend of 9-11th May.
 
 The weekend will include workshops in poetry, creative writing and drawing,  two evening performances of poetry and music, and full board with  Caribbean-inspired meals. All workshops and performances are open to  non-resident ...

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Freed-Up Change Of Date

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Please note that this month’s Freed Up is on Thursday 10th April at the greenroom in Manchester - a week earlier than usual!
 
The theme is DANGER.  If you would like to read then contact the greenroom on 0161 615 0500 and ask to be added to the list of readers.  Unfortunately, this is the only way places can be reserved.  Spaces are limited so book early

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Words From the Wickie Cancelled

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Dennis-Just-Dennis (pictured) tells us that it is with great regret that he has had to cancel the popular event at the Wickstead Arms in Nantwich at the last minute due to licensing problems. He says he is looking for a new venue and will let us know as soon as he's found one - so watch this space.

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Poem of the month

Letting-Go

Last month's poem of the month writer, Sally Jenkinson, has chosen this month's poem. Sally says, "It feels pretty ridiculous for little me to be trying to decide which poem of a lot of brilliant poems is the brilliant-est, so I just picked the one I genuinely like best! Find out more about Helen and her work at http://writeoutloud.net/poets/helenshay LETTING-GO She doesn’t cling anymore. That sweaty, grimy, too-young-to-have-a-wrist fist, that clenched its red need - staini...

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Wales Announces New National Poet

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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 couldn’t 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...

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Lived it? Dreamt it? Write it!

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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 ...

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Win £10k with your poetry

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The Manchester Poetry Prize 2008 First prize: £10,000 Deadline for
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 £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...

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Top Authors Heading To Wirral's BookFest

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A cultural ‘first’ for Wirral this year is a new literary festival ?" Wirral BookFest ?" which offers more than 20 book-related events across the borough.

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 Wirral’s spookiest library!

The main event is on Monday 7th April at Bromborough Civic Centre (half a mile from Bromborough Station),...

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Hovis In Wonderland

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Hovis in Wonderland, a play for voices, adapted by Dave Morgan from Hovis Presley’s Poetic off Licence, technical production by Kevin Bates, Bolton Little Theatre, Hanover Street, Bolton, Friday 28 March 2008, 8.00pm, £4/£3 Details from Dave Morgan 01204 382440

Mark Radcliffe’s 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,...

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Short Story Submissions Required Urgently

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Short Story submissions are urgently needed on the subject of “Contemporary Courtship” - Closing date for submissions is Thursday 10 Apr 2008. Contact Helen Bayer & Teresa Bayer hmbtab@googlemail.com for more details.


They are looking to assemble a collection of short stories recording actual, as well as fictionalized, initial romantic encounters. They use the term ‘romantic’ loosely, to describe anything between that first electrifying glance and the uber-raunchy, one night stand. ...

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Bank Street Writers Poetry Competition 2008

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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,  £70;   2nd,  £40;   3rd,   £25.

Plus: Sweetens Bookshop Prize: £30.00 book token for the best poe...

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Wigan Words ‘08 Literary Festival

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The Leigh and Wigan Words ‘08 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...

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Revolution Now!

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Gob Squad are holding an international Workshop in Nottingham from 8th to 11th July at a cost of £100. Find out more about Gob Squad at www.gobsquad.com
The 2008 workshop will be the first stage of Gob Squad’s REVOLUTION NOW! series of performance and film projects. Together with 12 workshop participants we’ll 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...

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Voodoo Word Circus Wants You

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Calling all actors, performers with an interest in performance poetry, spoken word, dark cabaret or/and multi-media!

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...

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North West Writers Surgery / Coaching Sessions

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Are you a new writer* based in the North West of England? If so, would you like a one-to-one writer’s 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 (...

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Suddenly It’s Hovis!

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Suddenly the world’s awash with things going on about our friend, the late lamented Hovis Presley (Richard McFarlane). Earlier this month Elvis McGonagall won a “Dead Poet’s slam” with some of Hovis’s material and now…. There’s a Radio Four programme about him, new live dates for Dave Morgan’s “Hovis in Wonderland” plus a CD by the original cast, full details below.   Hovis on 4On Tuesday 18 March at 11.30am BBC Radio Four presents, “Hovis has left the Building”. The brai...

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They Want Your Stuff For Folk’s Sake!

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Manchester based For Folk’s Sake is inviting submissions for its May issue, on the theme of ‘folk’.

For Folk’s Sake is a new zine dedicated to the current folk scene, and will be launched in conjunction with the Northern Quarter’s 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 zine’s event, also entitled For Folk’s Sake, at the MAP...

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Apples & Snakes Move HQ

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Apples & Snakes, one of the UK’s leading organisation for performance poetry, installs itself in new offices at The Albany in Deptford on 17 March 2008. The move comes at a pivotal moment as The Albany carves a space for itself as the first venue in London to be led by its spoken word programme.
 
Geraldine Collinge, director of Apples & Snakes, says, ‘The 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...

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Bluecoat to Re-Open!

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On Saturday 15 March 2008, after a £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.

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Huddersfield Literature Festival

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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...

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John Oxendale R.I.P.

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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...

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Essex Poetry Festival Competition

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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

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Wanted NW Writers and Artists

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Litfest is looking for writers and artists to work on a series of innovative creative writing projects in prisons.

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...

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Students - Win A Trip To France And £100

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Do you have a passion for France? Are you a Francophile with a story to share? The Franco-British Council, in conjunction with Prospect magazine, is inviting those aged between 16 and 25 to submit a short story of no more than 1,000 words, inspired by France, or the French.
Full details can be found at
http://www.francobritishcouncil.org.uk/schoolprize.htm

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Rare as a Green Bitch – International women’s week event

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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.
Info: luckygoatnews@yahoo.ca

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Hovis Triumphs in Dead Poets Slam!

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Hovis Presley saw off Allan Ginsberg, WH Auden, Ts Eliot and Thomas Hardy in the Dead
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 Hovis’s seminal
work “Poetic Off Licence” 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...

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Poem of the month: Double Negative

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Sally Jenkinson’s 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 Sally’s piece because “it 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 Sally’s poem.
Let Sally know what you think by posting a comment or review.
Find out more about Sally and her work at
http:/...

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Poem of the month

Double negative

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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 wouldn’t be vaseline-lensed and soft focus, It wouldn’t be the thick, impasto sex of lovers. It wouldn’t be the arms-everywhere, giggling on the way down fucking of a one-night stand. It...

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NO MORE BRISTOL FOLK HOUSE OPEN MIKE NIGHTS!

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Rosemary Dun announced this week that due to ill health and a change of management she’s had to hang up her spangly frocks and put an end to the legendary Bristol Folk House Open Mike night.

“I’ve had loads of fun hosting it,” says Rosemary, “I 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...

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NY v UK Transatlantic Slam

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Here's something novel, as part of the Oxford Science Festival, a poetry slam hosted simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic, connected and projected via an internet link.

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...

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TUT, TUT It’s THE UGLY TREE poetry magazine

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THE UGLY TREE poetry magazine’s latest issue, just launched, has a host of poets and their work. There’s 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...

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Southport Saturday Writing Surgeries!

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Last Saturday of every month in the bar at Southport Arts Centre, Lord Street, Southport
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 you’ve 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!
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Route Magazine Opportunities

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The Route Book at Bedtime looks scheduled to be published in the Autumn, so a deadline for submissions will soon be set. It’s likely that this deadline will be early summer so if you’d like to get a story in, you need to be thinking about it now.

Submission guidelines visit www.id-publishing.com
Route publishing programme visit www.route-online.com
General enquiries please mail info@route-online.com

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Prizes for Poetry - Here

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Yes even more chances to win some dosh!

Pulsar, Year 2007/2008, Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Apr-08

For poems of up to 40 lines. Open to everyone over 16 years of age. Final Adjudicator: David Pike. First prize £125, second prize £75, third prize £50.
Entry Fee: £2.50 for the first poem, subsequent poems £1.50 each

Contact: Poetry Competition Administrator, Pulsar Poetry Magazine, 34 Lineacre, GragePark, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 6DA

Website: www.pulsarpoetry.com

Torbay Open Po...

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We Are Poets!

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Zingedy! Dingedy! Bingedy! Bong! Limericks, rhymes, poems and songs. Awarding winning poet and performer Helên’s 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 children’s 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...

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Write Out Loud’s Tony Walsh wins Birmingham Slam

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Congratulations to Write Out Loud regular Tony Walsh for winning the "Big Love" Valentine slam at Birmingham's Midlands Arts Centre on Friday, adding this success to his recent fantastic commissioned piece at the British Library, reported last week.
He is now picking up even more prestigious gigs on top of invitations to Warsaw and Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Tony’s talent is at last being recognised, although Lady Luck did play a part on Friday.
Arriving late as a spectator, having been to...

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International Women’s Week Liverpool

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International Women’s Week Liverpool - 3rd to 12th March

  Women Wanted – 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 women’s groups, organisations and individuals are welcome to get involved; a commitment to furthering ‘peace and empowerment of women’ is requested.


IWD 08 Art Exhibition

Venue: The Egg Café, off Bold Street/Renshaw Street, Liverpool
Month lon...

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Niamh carries the Poetry Flame To A New Generation!

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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 don’t forget, in only nine years we’ll be seeing you at one of our poetry events when you’ll be so good….well the mind bogglesâ...

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Calling Newton-Le-Willows writers

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Anyone fancy helping start a new open-floor night in Newton-Le-Willows?  Contact Johnny Dee and offer your support: johnnydee@blueyonder.co.uk.
That's Newton railway station, by the way.


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Children's Literature Festival

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The festival runs from the 14th to 22nd February. Featuring a top line-up of children's writers including Michael Rosen, John Hegley, Philip Ardagh, Jeremy Strong, Francesca Beard, Eoin Colfer and children's stand-up comedian James Campbell.

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...

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London Word Festival

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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...

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And The Winner is............

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Here are links for 6 competitions - good luck!

Deadline

Competition

Judge

9th Feb

Norwich Writers' Circle 2008 Open Poetry Competition

www.norwichwriters.org.uk

John Coleridge, Mary Ingate, Doris Corti

30th Apr

Ver Poets Open Competition 2008

www.verpoets.org.uk/page_03.htm

Maggie Butt.

30th Apr

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition
Click  here for details - pdf

J...

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Little Bird Wants Your Work - Possibly

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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 ...

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Crow of Murders at the Contact

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A queer community poetry installation on the theme of modern love at Contact Theatre, Oxford Road Manchester from 8.30pm this Friday and Saturday and it's Free!

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.
 
"There's somet...

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Big Love Potion

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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 it’s 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 ...

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Singer/Songwriter Workshop

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Finding Your Voice: STAND AND DELIVER

Sevenoaks, Kent
Fax +44 (0) 208 333 2468                               www.commonwork.org
creative@tomrobinson.com                            www.tomrobinson.com/stand

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...

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Tony Walsh - surely the Gods' Pollocks of the spoken word

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That’s according to Jeremy Myerson, Prof of Design Studies at The Royal College of Art.
Tony’s 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:
 â€œâ€¦performance of Zeroes and Ones. It was quite an extraordinary experience and undoubtedly the most memorable event of an excellent conference.”
Joanna Bawa, Editor, Usability News
"Very, very clever" John De...

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Poem of the month

Soul

Last month's poem of the month writer, Cath Nichols, has chosen this month's poem. Cath says,"Catherine Smith’s 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 Jehovah’s Witness, he’s ‘Presbyterian’, and that the woman trapped on her doorstep visualizes her soul as a tatty mongrel dog that she’s happy to lose. This is so distinctly ‘other’...

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CultureWord Competition

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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

 

Manchester’s 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 ...

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Spiralling upwards

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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

                                                            &

Saturd...

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Ted Walter's Short Story and Poetry Competition

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‘The 3rd Annual Ted Walters International Short Story and Poetry Competition 2009.’

1st prize Short Story Category: Competition Winner £200, Runner up will receive £50

1st Prize Poetry Category: Competition Winner £200, Runner up will receive £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...

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Bank Street Writer's Poetry Competition 2008

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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,  £70;   2nd,  £40;   3rd,   £25.

Plus: Sweetens Bookshop Prize: £30.00 book token for the best poem...

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Return of Re:Verberate!

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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!

Monday January 28th 2008
Show starts 6pm
FREE ENTRY
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.
Readers:
Grace Cadbury Sobey
Paul Neads, independent publisher of The Ugly Tree and artist Con...

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Arran 2008 Workshop

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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 , £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...

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WORD MARKET FESTIVAL 2008

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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 – 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 – for people who love words.

Introduction

Dear Readers and Writers

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Poets Wanted for Embryo, Salford

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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 embryostudio@yahoo.co.uk.

To find out more about Studio Salford and Embryo check out http://www.studiosalford.com/


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WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION

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Mslexia 2008 WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION

Judge: Carol Ann Duffy

1st Prize £1000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250

22 other finalists will win £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)

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Creative Writing Courses

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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 £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

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Is Your Poetry Worth £5k?

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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 don’t 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 £5000 for just one poem. With further prizes of £500 for second place, £250 for third, and £50 each for five runners-up there’s even more chance of winnin...

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8 Week Creative Writing Course

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Develop your writing skills at a University of Manchester creative writing course open to the public. The course will be led by Creina Mansfield and will be held on 8 consecutive Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:30 pm starting 23 January 2008 at a cost of £112.00. Venue for the course is the Ellen Wilkinson Building, Oxford Road (Close to the Contact Theatre) Manchester.Email  cce.reception@manchester.ac.uk for more information, Call 0161 275 3275 to applyThe course aims to develop students' writing th...

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Multicultural Storytelling Season starts this Thursday

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Here’s a brilliant idea: FREE informal storytelling circle sessions to tie in with  national ‘day ofs’ and ‘week ofs’, 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 doesn’t involve Ringo or The Fat Controller. All take place at Life Bank Centre, Quorn Street, Kensington, L7 2QR. More details in Gig Guide.

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Surreal Art, Magical Poetry

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Surreal Art, Magical Poetry At Tate Modern, London
Led by award-winning poet Pascale Petit


Mondays 11 February 2008 – 17 March 2008, 18.30–20.00

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 ...

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Buxton Poetry Competition 2008

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The theme of the first Buxton Poetry Competition is Water. Buxton’s development has been dominated by the importance and abundance of water, one of the world’s 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 People’s Poetry Young people aged between 12 and 18 Children’s Poetry Children aged up to 11 years old Competition ThemePoems sho...

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Beat The January Blues!

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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 kim@cartwheelarts.org.uk by Friday 29th February and include your name and postal address.  Submissions under 300 words are recommended.

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Cath Nichols' poem of the month

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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 ‘Life lines’ CD (£4.99 from your local Oxfam!), where she appears alongside Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Wendy Cope, et a...

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Some Competitions!

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Here are some more competitions:


ACADEMY OF CHILDREN’S 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 £2,000 for the best story submitted, £300 for second prize and £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...

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Could you be the next Poet Laureate of the Peak?

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Alec Rapkin (pictured), 64, is an amateur naturalist who was announced as the Peak District's first Poet Laureate on National Poetry Day (October 6 2005) after a competition that drew national attention.

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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Poem of the month

Fear of Falling

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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 ...

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