Articles in 2008
poet Christine Bousfield on 30th
at Vicars Café, Saltaire, Victoria Road, Saltaire, Bradford
10-30 ‘til 4.00pm
To book: Tel. 01274.562656 or www.christine-bousfield.com
What you will need:
· Paper, Pens
· An open mind
£3 per person to cover costs, plus the price of a Vicars lunch, cakes, coffee tea etc.
This event is being planned in association with the Saltaire Festival and some participants may like to read at the Open Mike...
This autumn Litfest is offering another three seminars for writers at all stages of their careers. Once again places are free. Please book by emailing email@example.com or phoning us on (01524 62166) as early as possible, as places are restricted.
Managing your time – Saturday 4 October 1.30 – 4.30pm
The Gallery, The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
With Debbie Taylor
Planning a project and funding it – Thursday 23 October 7.00 - 9.30pm
Cabinet Room ...
Check out: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/bespokenword.shtml
Bespoken Word was the first series in Britain dedicated to modern performance poetry, and since 2003 has featured in national awards, provoked praise and controversy in the press, and...
Pete Crompton (pictured) must be in league with the Devil himself. OK he may not have sold his soul but rumour has it he's traded his jockstrap. Yes, on a fevered, tropical night in a boiling, darkened room where the poetry flowed like hot larva, Pete Crompton once again triumphed, this time in the North by North West slam final.
It was a very close run thing, with a high standard of poetry and performance throughout and the final results hanging literally on a point. No matter, first came Pete, ...
Salt launches The Crashaw Prize for the publication of debut collections of poetry
CAMBRIDGE, UK (Salt Publishing) â The UKâs largest poetry publisher, Salt, has launched a new annual award for debut collections of poetry. The Crashaw Prize will be awarded to up to six new writers each year. Authors must reside in the UK or Ireland, the USA, or Australia and New Zealand. Winners of the Prize will be published simultaneously in the UK, USA and Australia each summer.
âWe want to continue...
The 4th London Poetry Festival 2008 is about to happen! To be precise, on August 8, 9, 10 & 11: Friday to Monday.
People may begin gathering from six but the Festival will start at about 7:30 p.m and finish by 11:00 p.m. Those are the time for each of the four evenings.
As its signature presentation The 4th London Poetry Festival will present this year's Five Poets in Residence in all the four of the evening events. The Residence Poets are:
Anjan Saha, Claire Askew, Helen Long, Nnorom Azuonye...
Race issue out on July 25
At last, the race issue is on its way and features some of the best poets in the UK, USA and throughout the world.
British black poets, Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay share their views on race, racism and their poetic roots and have provided us with some excellent examples of their work.
And from across the Atlantic, we publish the work of beat legends Amiri Baraka and Diane di Prima.
Poets sign up for the "left's Glastonbury"
Citizen 32 ...
Poetic Intervention is a spoken words band from the midlands, fusing poetry with jazz & funk style music. Theyâre looking for Performance Poets, Folk/spoken words, Roots/World music
and Jazz/funk/fusion bands from the East Midlands (Peterborough to Derby to Walsall) to collaborate, organise events, showcase and share the stage.
They want artists with interest in the conscious or underground music scene or who like to inspire and enlighten with words or music with meaning.
Moloch - an online journal of new art and writing - hosts a Dublin night showcasing some of its poets and songwriters on July 31st. Acts include Kevin Higgins, Alan Jude Moore, Stephen Kelly and The Perfect Consonants. The night kicks off at 7pm at the Winding Stair bookshop, Ormond Quay, Dublin 2. Admission is free.
Moloch - an online journal of new art and writing at www.moloch.ie - is hosting a showcase night in Dublin this July. We're going to show off just a few of ...
This months guests at Dead Good Poets Society in Liverpool are Martin Daws (pictured) and Cathy Roberts.
MARTIN DAWS is a performance poet who truly embraces the sounds of the words as a complex music of meaning. He uses spoken word to connect with the world on a deeper level and has developed a style of poetry that is essentially a "music of speaking". Martin lives in Gwynedd & works as a professional workshop facilitator in music and writing. He uses âintense rhythmic patterns and ...
The Festival of Bathing Beauties is the UKâs only arts festival centred in and around beach huts. The second annual festival will take place in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea, on the Lincolnshire coast, on September 20th and 21st 2008. The aim of the festival is to bring exciting, innovative and dynamic work to the area, for the benefit of local communities and to encourage cultural tourism.
We are looking for artists, companies and performers to take part in the festival. All art forms are elig...
Following the success of this year's HighTide Festival in Suffolk, the organisers are now requesting submissions for HighTide 2009.
How to Become a HighTide Writer
HighTide are looking for new full-length scripts from emerging writers:
* Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play.
* There is no restriction on subject matter.
* HighTide welcome international scripts, written in English, on the basis that all selected writers are available in the UK for the dramaturgy, ...
In 1986, along with 49,999 others, I was standing inside the home stadium of a West German football team in the centre of Cologne. It was late summer and I was enjoying a late balmy heat and strong Bavarian lager - and the reason? I was watching a live performance from the inimitable rock band - Queen . To be more precise, I was watching and listening to one man and his performance , a performance which captivated, mesmerized and more than fulf...
PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF SPOKEN WORD
Professional Development For Performance Poets
and a high quality cabaret style spoken word event.
TIMES: Escape Masterclass - How to be the perfect host 2-4pm
KAT FRANCOIS PLUS - featuring Kat Francois
(former World Slam Poetry Champion), Emma McGordon (Generation Txt, national
profile poet based in Cumbria) James Knight (recent Lyrical Slam featured
artist and energeti...
Later this year there will be writing workshops in Tarifa, Spain on the Costa da le Luz
Full details can found at http://www.inthewritelight.com
Comments from previous students include:
'I could not have imagined how relaxed, special and informative this experience would be. Absolutely unique and great fun' - Kitty, San Pedro.
'I had no idea what to expect and was really nervous about coming, which is why I brought my sister. I have learned so much and laughed every minute. What an amazin...
In an exciting and high quality slam Pete Crompton (pictured) won the 1st Hebden Bridge, Fringe-Festival slam on Monday 9th July in an extremely close finish. Second was the magnificant Tony Walsh with the inventive Tom Croft coming an honourable third.
However, the occasion has been over-shadowed with the sad news that Seamus Kelly, who was to have been a contestant in the slam, couldn't attend after being attacked by a group of youths, having his jaw broken and having to spend the evening in A&...
They want to hear from inspired budding authors, poets and established writers - anyone who loves the sport with their thoughts and experiences. The site is generating more and more interest with contributions from around
the world including Sri Lanka, India, Mali; as well as Brazil and Peru, places you really do not associate with cricket.
They would l...
CafÃ© Writers Open Poetry Competition 2008
Entry Fee: Â£4 per poem; or Â£10 for 3 poems and Â£2.00 per poem thereafter
Closing Date: 30th November 2008
Prizes: 1st Â£750 2nd Â£300 3rd Â£150
Â£150 Jarrold Book Vouchers awarded to best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident
Sole Judge: Penelope Shuttle - Penelope lives in Cornwall and her eighth collection of poems Redgrove's Wife was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2007. She has previously been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best ...
There are a total of 19 prizes for this year's competition. Penelope Shuttle is the sole adjudicator.
First prize Â£500 (plus publication of the winning poem in the Yorkshire Post)
Second prize Â£250
Third prize Â£100
The Leslie Richardson Award, given to a poet who works in Yorkshire, worth Â£50. There are 10 prizes of Â£15 and five further ones of Â£10. The closing date for entries is July 31. The winner will be announced on October 18 at a special poetry day, featuring Penelope Shuttle, held ...
The Not Part Of Festival are pleased to announce the seminar - Your Scripts And What To Do With Them at 5pm 8th July at Urbis.
With Guest Speakers from BBC Writersroom and North West Playwrights this is an excellent opportunity for those who are interested in scriptwriting but arenât sure which route to take, or have written a script and donât know what to do with it.
âThe Not Part Of Festival is all about providing opportunities for those who feel they are not part of t...
Lisa B's arrival from Canada last year added some great talent to the Manchester poetry scene, winning slams and impressing audiences across the city.
If you haven't seen her, you should; if you hadn't read her poems, you couldn't - until now.
Lisa is launching her chapbook, Diving for Shiny Things, with guest poets Jaquie Hagan and Steph Pike, on Wednesday July 23rd 6:00-7:45pm in Manchester Central Library, committee room, 2nd floor. Free admission (so buy the book!).
More info: lisa b luckygoa...
Dave Morgan presents his adaptation of Poetic off licence by Hovis Presley (1960-2005) as part of manchesterâs ânot part ofâ festival
Hovis in wonderland is a play for voices written as an homage to the wit, word play and acute social observation of Richard henry mcfarlane and his alter ego hovis presley.
Famous as the inventor of the bra-less strap and the individually wrapped baked bean, Hovis Presley was an iconi...
Albert Hotel Huddersfield, sixteen years of poetry at the Albert is coming to an end.
For the final, going-out-on-a-high reading on Thursday July 10th, the guests are:
* John Bosley
* John Duffy
* Jo Haslam
* Mark Hinchliffe
See gig guide for full details
Last month's poem of the month writer, Christine Bousfield, has chosen this month's poem. Christine says, "I like the energy, economy and strong sound patterning of this poem which reminds me a bit of Ted Hughes in its emphasis on the harshness of nature." Find out more about Carol and her work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/carolthistlethwaite sanderlings on the beach â faded waders: six weeks of courtship's colour, bonding, mating, rearing - done and gone. Now their feathe...
Celebr8 on the Silver Screen is a NW regional writing competition which asks entrants to submit an idea based on, âWhat diversity means to meâ. 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
Five entries will be chosen and be developed into short films. These will then be shown at a regional film premiere i...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 yearâs 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...
This July, donât 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. Itâs 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...
Lots of people are discovering Hovis for the first time, sadly.
Now you can hear the Radio 4 programme again by following this link:
Then click on the A-Z list to find the title of the programme which is available for 7 days after transmission.
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...
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;
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 Â£5000 for her poem The Field. Judges Jo Shapcott and U A Fanthorpe commented that her poem âpractically 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...
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
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...
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 Leaderâs The Peacock Room shortlisted for best first poet...
An inspirational evening of poetry in translation. http://tinyurl.com/4bw4vz
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: âI would never have been published if I started writing now. Publishing goes through cycles. Itâs never been so conservative.â
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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 Iâm an arctic ghost, now figure, now ground, a shiver on the white horizon; a fierce and cunning mother, I bear bone-a...
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...
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...
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 todayâs most important ...
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...
Boltonâs Whitmanites and the Edward Carpenter Forum will be hosting events in and around Bolton to celebrate the poetâs birthday and the 25th revived âWhitman Dayâ 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...
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!
Creative writing workshop with Phil Bowen - âA Fresh Look and a Fresh Listen.â 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.
More information from and places to be booked in advance with - Simone on 01559 370517. Cost Â£7.50 each.
(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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Â£150 to writ...
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
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 Â£1000 and youâll 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...
Bill Naughton Studio, Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South - 7.30pm
Final year students from the University of Bolton, including Write Out Loud regulars Scott Devon and Keith Hilling perform their work ove...
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 UKâs 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 Societyâs online bookshop is now extending its range to include CDs from UK-base...
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 + Â£400; Â£100; Â£50 x 2 Short & ...
There is a vibrant performance poetry scene at the Edinburgh Fringe. The problem is finding it.
Thatâs 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 Â£10,000 to the writer of the best portfolio of poems submitted.
In addition, a bursary for study at MMU will be ...
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
Tickets available from the University Box Office
T: 01483 686876
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 âRoam the Rowsâ 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 ...
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: email@example.com
Last year over 18,000 people attended the Festival week and the organisers are confident that this yearâs 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
death and the 40th year of the conference.
This week-long event offers a programme of lectures, talks, poetry readings, excursions, walks
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...
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...
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...
For full details of the competition go to www.thenewwriter.com/prizes.htm
The Arvon International Poetry Competition 2008 opens on May 1st...
2008 marks Arvonâs 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 competition will open on 1st May 2008 and the deadline for entries is 15th August - we must receive eve...
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/
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, workshopsâ¦
Over the next few months we are going to commission some reviews, but we also want your reviews of all that is going ...
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...
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 ânormalâ 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...
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 thereâs 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...
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 donât know how this affected the mood of the comperesâ especially Darren Thomas (pictured) on his debut, though, to be fair, it didnât seem to phase him at all.
Sandre Clays started off reading a poem of her...
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
âThe critical review is the lifeblood of the literary magazine,â says Holland âAs we...
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.
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)
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.
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...
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.
âIf you already have an event on in and around Manchester ci...
Jenny Colgan, Mike Gayle, Jojo Moyes, John Siddique, Cheshire laureate Andrew Rudd, as well as Adam Khan and the lovely Clare Kirwan herselfâ¦ in fact lots of great writers appear at Wirralâs new BookFest ?" from 7th to12th April ?" with something for everyone, even a murder mystery evening in Wirralâs 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 âMee...
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.
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...
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 - Â£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...
"A pleasureâ¦It is, for a moment, as if Thomas is actually in the room" - The Stage
"A thrilling lyrical journey" - The Guardian
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 CITY19th 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
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 volunteersâ 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...
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...
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 ...
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.
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 doesnât cling anymore. That sweaty, grimy, too-young-to-have-a-wrist fist, that clenched its red need - staini...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 ...