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Creative Writing Workshop Bradford

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With poet Christine Bousfield on 30th August 2008

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 ...

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Professional Development Seminar Series For Writers

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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 sarah.hymas@litfest.org 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 R...

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Bespoken Word BBC Radio 4

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The very best of the spoken word scene, from well-established names to the newest talent. Previous guests include Benjamin Zephaniah, John Cooper Clarke, Zena Edwards and John Hegley. Charlie Dark, Melvin van Peebles, Ainsley Burroughs, David J.

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...

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Pete Crompton Does it Again!

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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, ...

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Publish Your Debut Collection!

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Salt launches The Crashaw Prize for the publication of debut collections of poetry

CAMBRIDGE, UK (Salt Publishing) – The UK’s 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.

‘We want to...

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London Poetry Festival August 2008

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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...

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News From Citizen32

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...

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Midlands Support Acts Wanted!

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Poetic Intervention is a spoken words band from the midlands, fusing poetry with jazz & funk style music. They’re 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. 
www.myspace.com/p...

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MOLOCH SHOWCASES EMERGING IRISH TALENT

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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 o...

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Martin Daws at DGPS

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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 ‘intense rhythmic patterns ...

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Festival of Bathing Beauties, Lincolnshire

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The Festival of Bathing Beauties is the UK’s 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 e...

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Wanted - Playwright and Directors for Festival

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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 dra...

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Review

Below the Belt by Mia Darlone

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REVIEW: Below the Belt, Manchester July 2008

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...

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APPLES & SNAKES MASTER CLASS and KAT FRANCOIS PLUS

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SUNDAY 13 JULY at The Brewery, Highgate Kendal

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...

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In The Write Light Workshops

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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...

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Pete Crompton Wins Hebden Slam!

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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&...

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Any One For Cricket?

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There's a brand new web site for all you cricketing fanatics called http://www.cricketwrite.com and it's dedicated to creative writing on cricket.

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...

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Café Writers Open Poetry Competition 2008

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Café Writers Open Poetry Competition 2008
Entry Fee: £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2.00 per poem thereafter

Closing Date: 30th November 2008

Prizes: 1st £750 2nd £300 3rd £150
also
£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...

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2008 Yorkshire Open Poetry Competition

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There are a total of 19 prizes for this year's competition. Penelope Shuttle is the sole adjudicator.

First prize £500 (plus publication of the winning poem in the Yorkshire Post)

Second prize £250

Third prize £100

The Leslie Richardson Award, given to a poet who works in Yorkshire, worth £50. There are 10 prizes of £15 and five further ones of £10. The closing date for entries is July 31. The winner will be announced on October 18 at a special poetry day, featuring Penelope Sh...

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Liverpool Poets 08

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Liverpool Poets 08

ISBN: 978-1-906588-20-5

is available now!
 
This exciting collection includes 33 of the very best of the New Liverpool poets in a superb 128 page perfect-bound collection with a stunning full colour glossy cover!
It's available now to purchase online at
 
it will be available to buy in all good book shops soon.

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Your Scripts And What To Do With Them

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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 aren’t sure which route to take, or have written a script and don’t know what to do with it. 

 

“The Not Part Of Festival is all about providing opportunities for those who feel they are n...

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Lisa B's booklaunch

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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 luckygo...

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Hovis In Wonderland With A New Cast!

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Tuesday 8 July 7.00pm Matt&PHREDS Jazz Club, tib street, Manchester £5/£4

Dave Morgan presents his adaptation of Poetic off licence by Hovis Presley (1960-2005) as part of manchester’s “not part of” 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...

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End of the Albert Poets

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What with one thing and another, notably the shakey state of the venue, the
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

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Poem of the month

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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 – faded waders: six weeks of courtship's colour, bonding, mating, rearing - done and gone. Now their fea...

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