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200 Slam Poets at Berlin Conference

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200 slam poets and organisers from 17 European countries will be arriving in Berlin on Wednesday September 30th for an international conference - the first of its kind in Europe. 
 
The four day event, sponsored by the European Union, will feature:
 
A variety of workshops and professional development sessions covering many aspects of Slam poetry
 
An international slam competition with heats taking place at venues all around the German capital.  The final, along with the works...

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WORDS & MUSIC COLLABORATIONS - Two Day Workshop

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The aim of the workshops is to enable six writers and six musicians to work for two days  in collaborations experimenting with the combination of text and sound stretching the boundaries of music and using words and sound in abstract/atmospheric ways.

 

Please note: this is not a 'songwriting workshop'.

It’s on Saturday 3rd & Saturday 10th October at The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster.

Facilitators: Ann Wilson & Shaun Blezzard

 

Day 1 will focus on working in collaboration crea...

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1st October - All Ireland Poetry Day, Derry Events

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National Poetry Day Across Ireland is on the 1st October and here are details of the events being held in Derry.

Café Del Mondo
, Guildhall Square will be celebrating National Poetry Day from 2pm - 5pm with an informal afternoon of readings from a wide range of local poets and actors that
 include the 2009 Derry Poetry Slam winner, Michael Duddy; award-winning playwright Dave Duggan; Guildhall Press author Jenni Doherty plus Spoken Word artist James King among many others. Local youth ...

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National Poet Supports York Fundraiser!

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Renowned York-based poet Pete Morgan (photograph by Kippa Matthews) has agreed to headline a fundraiser in aid of York Literature Festival.

 

“There are famous poets of my generation and younger who have no idea of the debt they owe to Pete Morgan. His poems are dramatic, formally superb, funny, toughly tender, lyrical and never less than entertaining. Ted Hughes was a fan of his.” -  CAROL ANN DUFFY

 

Pete Morgan, a professional poet, was born in 1939 in Leigh, Lancashire, and now live...

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LINTON KWESI JOHNSON HEADLINES TUC's POETRY NIGHT

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In a highly innovative move the Trades Union Congress has chosen poetry as a way to celebrate the cause of 'decent work'.

Wednesday 7 October sees a superb line up of poets united around the the theme of 'Rhyme, Rhythm & Reason.' Headlining will be the legendary Linton Kwesi Johnson, making a rare London live appearance. Linton will be showcasing his work of dissenting poetry, with fellow dub poet, the incomparable Jean 'Binta' Breeze. The night also features one of the best of a new generatio...

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Review

The Dead House

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Having spent a small but significant part of my life dealing with death, it was incumbent upon me to enter those bland, lifeless rooms - better known in some law enforcing circles as - The Dead House. You may know them as Mortuaries or Morgues.

Having now left the vocation that required this worrying, and often unnerving process to take place, I thought (rather foolishly) that I’d seen the inside of my last Dead House for quite some time. How wrong I was.

Bolton’s ‘The Howcroft Inn’ is a ...

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Martin Caplan R.I.P.

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Martin passed away peacefully at Bolton hospice on the 7th August 2009.

He wrote humorous, plaintive, home, war, hospital and performance poetry.

He was published in local papers and was a member of Bank Street Writers.

He will be missed by all who knew him at Write Out Loud.

May he rest in peace.

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Oldies Wanted in Manchester!

Calling all you slightly more mature poets & writers (that's anyone over 50!!)

Manchester Central Library are hosting an Open Mic on Wednesday 30th September, 1-2pm  -  this is to celebrate the Valuing Older People Festival.  

Would you like to read your poetry, prose, excerpts from your novel, short stories, autobiography, even diary pages?

New writers particularly welcome, each performer to have a slot of 4 minutes maximum, very supportive & friendly environment.
 
Go on - you know you ...

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Last Chance to enter Weaving Words Competition

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LAST CHANCE TO ENTER

WEAVING WORDS COMPETITION

CLOSING DATE - FRIDAY 25th Sept 2009

A creative writing competition for 2009 on an Environmental theme. Open to all writers and all genres. Free entry

Winners will receive book tokens kindly donated by Rochdale Libraries
The winning and specially commended entries may be displayed in the libraries


FOR RULES AND CONDITIONS AND GUIDANCE ON SENDING ENTRIES PLEASE SEE THE GROUP "WEAVING WORDS" ON FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=42369248654 

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John Agard in Lewes - Thursday

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The well-known poet John Agard(pictured) is playing Lewes Poetry this Thursday (17 September). Lewes resident John - one of Britain's best-known published poets - will read from his two new books - Clever Backbone, and Alternative Anthem: Selected Poems.
It will be a rare John Agard gig in a small venue.  Also on the bill will be Jeremy Stockwell, the star of the BBC2 show The Speaker, Rachel Shorer, Charlie Devus and MC Oliver, as well Open Mic poets and the legendary Prize Limerick Competi...

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Wakefield's Red Shed is Back!

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Wakefield¹s own little poetic gem returns this autumn to present the best local writers to the Wakefield public.  First up for the autumn season on Thursday October 8th will be Joolz Denby, who has been a professional writer of poetry and fiction, spoken-word artist, illustrative artist and photographer for over twenty-eight years. She is also a professional tattoo artist and arts curator.
Joolz tours the world giving highly acclaimed dramatic readings of her work (poetry and prose). She is note...

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PUREandGOODandRIGHT - Leamington - Sunday 27th

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PUREandGOODandRIGHT is an Open Mic poetry event which takes place at The Stables, Newbold Comyn Arms, Leamington Spa.

Each month we also invite a fabulous guest performance poet!

The next event is on Sunday 27 September  at 7.30pm. The full address for the venue is The Stables, Newbold Comyn Arms, Newbold Terrace East, Leamington Spa, CV32 4EU. (Please follow directions from the pub’s website as the postcode information is misleading if you are using GPS or multimap).

The speci...

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Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2010

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Sponsored by the Frogmore Press http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk


The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2010 will win two hundred guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Previous winners of the Prize have been David Satherley, Caroline Price, Bill Headd...

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Speakeasy Open Creative Writing Competition 2009

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The [Milton Keynes based] SPEAKEASY OPEN CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION 2009 is now open. £350 in prize money.

Go to www.mkweb.co.uk/speakeasy to download rules and an entry form

Entries are invited by anyone. Two classes - Poetry (max 60 lines) and Short Story (max 2100 words)

Closing date 31st October 2009.

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Essex Poetry Festival 2009

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The Essex Festival 2009 runs from Friday 25th September - 22nd October 2009

Various venues, including Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
Tickets range from £2 to £30 (concs available) and some events free

Events throughout the month, including workshops with Ken Champion and Philip Wilson, and readings from John Hartley Williams, Kathryn Simmonds, Alan Buckley and Luke Wright and more.

For more information visit www.essex-poetry-festival.co.uk or call Box Office on 0124...

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WHY I'M HERE - Lucy English Book Launch

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Sun 13th Sept. 6.00pm
Arnolfini bookshop, Bristol.

Admission free.

A sense of place, a subtle sensitivilty to the nuances of people and places - these are rare gifts. Lucy and Sally have found poetry in the normal.

Alastair Sawday.

The poems..often take word and image beyond themselves into an altogether different kind of aesthetic space...the photographs are extended by the poems and the poems extended by the photographs.

Tim Liardet.

In the summer of 2007 performance poet Lucy English and pho...

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Aesthetica Creative Works Competition

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The Aesthetica Creative Works Competition is internationally recognised for identifying new artists and writers and bringing them to international attention. 2010 will be the competition's third year and previous finalists have achieved success and recognition with accolades including: writing commissions from Channel 4, selection to represent Australia in the Florence Biennale, exhibitions at DACS (London), John Martin Gallery (London), Flores Fine Art Gallery (New York), inclusion in t...

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Bristol vs London Poetry Slam

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Bristol vs London Poetry Slam on Thursday 24 Sept 2009 at Hall 2, Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR. 7.30pm start. Tickets £10. Four of Bristol's best performance poets will face off against four of London's most-happening spoken word artists. They will be judged by the audience's applause and a panel of judges.


Bristol slammers are:
Lucy English
Byron Vincent
Julian Ramsey-Wade
Agatha Knowles

London's slammers are:
Cynthia Hamilton
Keith Jarrett
The Brother's Grim
Jasmine Cooray
With spe...

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Rap Fest - Oldham

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Rap is Poetry, learn how to do it then have a go!

 It's a RAP FEST is on at the Oldham Writing Cafe on Saturday, 12th September, 11:30 to 13:30 at 

Canon George Hall, Chapel Road, Hollins, Oldham OL8 4QQ

Featuring DOUBLE A (Adam Adamson from Ubuntu) and BARRY B (Barry is a DJ and gospel rapper), they will be performing and then there will be a workshop so we can all have a go! 13+ welcome (anyone under 18 must be accompanied by responsible adult) £1 on the door includes tea or coffee. Parti...

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Freedup Manchester Change of Night

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Please note that this month the Freed-up poets night moves to the second Thursday of the month (10th September) starts at 7.30pm at the Greenroom, Manchester - full details and map in our gig guide.

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Blankpages Issue 14 - Free!

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This month's contributors and featured artists include...
Christine Morris / Hollyann Burton / Arthur Chappel / Mothertrucker /
artbysara / Joe Booker
Available online at http://www.blankmediacollective.org/blankpages
We're delighted to announce the launch of blankpages issue 14!
Featured in this month's issue are the striking images of artbysara -
bold caricatures that cover everything from fairy-tales to 'the man
down the street'. We have an interview and music from Mothertrucker -
an exciting rock ba...

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Merthyr: A Literary Day Out

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On Saturday 17 October 2009, Academi and Parthian Books will be holding a day of events in Merthyr to celebrate two new Library of Wales titles set in the town.

 

Glyn Jones’ The Valley, The City, The Village and Jack Jones’ Black Parade, bring alive a sense of place that is unmistakeably Merthyr.  This day of discussions, talks and tours will explore the Merthyr of Jack Jones and Glyn Jones – both born in the town - and look at the thriving literature scene in the town today. 

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Two Poetry School Courses Coming Soon

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Here are details of two of the courses in the Poetry School's new programme which we would like to draw attention to. One you can do in your pajamas, one will help you earn money as a poet. We look forward to welcoming all new students!

Poetry in Progress
Tutor: Polly Clark
Day / Time: Wednesdays, 7-9pm UK time
Duration: 10 weeks
Start date: 5 October
Price: £98 (£68 concs)
New this year - the Poetry School’s first fully interactive online course. It takes place within its own spec...

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FREE Slam Workshops, Liverpool for Young People

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Saturday 12 September:

The Poetry Society is running two workshops with kind support of the Bluecoat, for young people aged 13-19.

Nikki Blaze, Liverpool poet and Co-ordinator of Liverpool Young Writers, a Writing on the Wall initiative, and SLAMbassadors Co-ordinator Joelle Taylor will run sessions at the Bluecoat to help you start slammin’.

See website: http://slam.poetrysociety.org.uk/

For more information, please call Bea Colley on 020 7420 9894 or to book your place, email: blast-liverp...

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Write Out Loud's September Newsletter

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Firstly, apologies for the lack of a newsletter last month. Computer error. Oh, all right then, we decided to go on holiday instead of going to the computer to do the newsletter.

We are devoting this month’s newsletter to reporting the results of Steve Dearden’s evaluation report on our work during 2008. By the way, thank you to all of you who took the time to speak to Steve, and/or complete the online survey

Some results surprised us, most pleased us, some disappointed. We hope to be ab...

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Söyleşi Üç Aylık Şiir Dergisi Volume 1 Out Now!

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The Autumn (and first) issue of the Turkish Söyleşi Üç Aylık Şiir Dergisi is now available to download in pdf format or read online as a virtual magazine:

http://soylesipoetrymagazine.com/

This issue centres on the theme of Islands, its contributors hailing from the water-locked places of the world, translated into both Turkish and English.

Edited by: Dr. Nesrin Eruysal

Editorial by: Dr. Pete Hay

Poetry by: Pete Hay, İhsan Topçu, Kadir Aydemir, Adnan Adam Onart, Dimitris Lentzis, Dimit...

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Review

Big Chill Festival

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Words in Motion at The Big Chill 6-9 August 2009

 

The Big Chill started as the Big Deluge, catching us out as we tried to erect our tents in the dark on Thursday night. How I laughed when I realised I’d brought the wrong tent. And the blow up bed that wasn’t self inflating. Luckily TW has more tent sense than me and saved my face much as he did at Latitude a couple of years ago. Seasoned festival promenader that he is, he elected to reconnoitre and negotiate the unlit glutinous pat...

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Calling London-based amateur poets. Fancy being on TV?

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 A new Sky One show wants hobby enthusiasts in South East England to go head to head with one another for a CASH PRIZE, and they want one of them to be an amateur poet, London-based for the pilot programme.
The programme’s about 4 people, passionate about their hobby, competing to convince the others that theirs is the best, to win a cash prize.

You need to be extremely passionate about poetry and willing to give other hobbies a go. You will need to be convinced that yours is the best hobby...

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Bank St Writers Poetry Competition - Closing Date Extended

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First prize £75, Second £50 Third £25.

 All winning entries will be published in the internationally circulating "Current Accounts" magazine. Some commended entries may also be published at the editor’s discretion. A free copy of “Current Accounts” will be sent to each entrant whose work is published.

Poems of up to 40 lines, any subject and style.
Judge: Pat Winslow

 

Closing Date:   31st January 2010

Please send your poems, fees and entry form (see below) to: Bank Street Writers...

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Cafe Writers Poetry Competition 2010

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The Cafe Writers Open Poetry competition has a closing date of 30th November 2010.

First prize is £1,000, second £300 and five commended prizes of £50. £150 prize for the funniest poem, not winning another prize.  There's also a £100 Norfolk prize awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident.

The Entry fee is £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2 per poem thereafter.

The sole judge is Michael Symmins Roberts.

Entries should be sent to: Café Writers Poetry Competition, 1...

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Poem of the month

Critical Switch

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This month's poem was chosen by Rachel Pantechnicon, who says of it, "There aren’t enough poems about Romans at the moment, so here’s one. People say that Romans aren’t relevant, but do we not all cross our own personal Rubicon several times a day? I know I do. Anyway, this is the best Roman poem since John Hegley’s one that begins ‘A Roman centurion soldier...’ and it’s also the only poem ever written with the word ‘senescence’ in. Many people on the poetry circuit think ...

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Call For Dyslexic Writers and Performers

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dyssing monadys is set to prove Labour MP Graham Stringer and Professor Dennis Harding   wrong, with the annual festival for dyslexic story makers, poets, performers and filmmakers, called, dyssing monadys.

 

The festival is completely funded by msft with the help of venue sponsor, The Horse, 124 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7XG and opens on Monday 5 October 2009 as part of Adult Dyslexia Awareness Week. All the box office proceeds will be donated to the creation of a new ch...

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Arvon residential poetry course 9-14 November 2009

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Arvon courses come highly recommended and this promises to be a great one for Writers Out Loud. Stage and Page is a course for spoken word artists who want to push their work further, and poets interested in creating pieces specifically for a live audience. Tutors Francesca Beard, Luke Wright and John Osborne promise a journey of creative experimentation, glorious failure and discovery of your inner extrovert. As well as playing with ways of producing new writing, they will be looking ...

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Big Issue North - Poetry Competition

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The Big Issue In The North is running its first annual poetry competition in conjunction with National Poetry Day.

Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur, a published poet or have never written a verse before, give it a try and maybe you will see your creation in print in the Big Issue in the North Magazine.  

Entry to the competition costs just £2 which goes directly to supporting our vendors in their move away from homelessness into a more stable lifestyle.

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New Poetry School Programme Launched

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The new Poetry School programme has been announced and includes:

* Courses, workshops, talks, and individual tutorials to teach adults to write poetry

* For all levels: beginners to advanced

* Structured studies or short bursts of inspiration

* Terms start 5 October, 11 January, 19 April

* London, Manchester, Liverpool, Grasmere, Newcastle, Durham, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Cambridge, Aldeburgh, Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Birmingham

* Download and Online courses

* Book online at www...

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Liverpool's Shakespeare Festival

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Shoeless Carole invites you to come along to this years festival. She says, "Having seen my good friend Ian Hayles also a poet here on Write Out Loud,  in last year’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Lodestar Theatre Company - I can only recommend that you don’t miss this year’s productions.

  Shoeless is hoping to be there with some friends on Wednesday the 19th of August . If you wish to be included in this party please email me at shoeless_carole@hotmail.co.uk  ...

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Performance Workshop - Towards the Open Mic

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Sunday October 4th

1.00 - 3.00pm at The Gregson Centre,
Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3ES

Faciitators: Ron Baker & Sarah Fiske - Ron & Sarah are Writers & Creative Writing Tutors and have been running Lancaster's Spotlight live-writing cabaret since 1995. They have wide experience of performance in both theatre and revue.

This workshop is primarily aimed at writers who lack confidence reading their work, would like to take their first step towards open mic performances or who would like help develo...

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Mark Mace Smith Wins Wigan!

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There was a fantastic night of poetry at the Tudor on Monday 3rd of August. Mark Mace Smith (pictured - photograph by Darren Thomas) was the eventual winner but the competition was fierce. Second was Michael Wilson, third Peter Crompton with, newcomer, Sean Karoonian a creditable 4th.

Congratulations to Mark, he goes on to compete in Commonword's "Superheroes of Slam" final to be held in Manchester in October. Details of the next heats in this competition can be found in the gig guide and we will...

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Poem of the month

Lady of Shalott Day

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This month's poem was chosen by Elvis McGonagall who says of it, "In the wake of yet another Red Nose marathon in March of this year and the subsequent news that erstwhile portly tunesmith Gary Barlow allegedly booked a private jet at a cost of 50 grand to fly his celebrity chums back home after their tireless fundraising up Kilimanjaro (why was Chris Moyles allowed to come back down?), this poem deals fearlessly with the tricky subject of participation in large scale charity initiatives. ...

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Winner of MAG Competition

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The winner of a unique online poetry contest set up to raise funds for international landmine clearance charity MAG has been formally announced today.

Francesca McMahon’s poem “1st Thirteenth Birthday” was judged the best of over 300 entries from all over the world. The voting process was conducted solely by the entrants of the competition themselves and worked very well - an online first. Poets of all levels entered the competition, and entries were received from as far afie...

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Bristol Poetry Festival 2009

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Poetry Can announces the programme for this years Bristol Poetry Festival.

 

The festival brings together the most entertaining,

inspirational and award winning poets and performers from Bristol,

the South West, the UK and the World in an annual celebration of

language, imagination and life.

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Highlights this year include:

Tony Benn & Roy Bailey

Fleur Adcock, Glyn Maxwell and Dennis O'Driscoll

Readings from:

Medbh McGuckian, Penelop...

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Ted Walters Competition Winners

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Results for The 3rd Annual Ted Walters International Short Story and Poetry Competition 2009

 

Poetry Section Winners:

 

1st Prize:  No 225   Entitled ‘Tomorrow will be a day beloved of your father and you’ By Rosie Shepperd, London. £200.00

2nd Prize:  No 204    Entitled ‘Madness’ By Simon East, East Sussex. £50.00

3rd Prize:  No 114    Entitled: ‘The Sweeper’ By Charles Evans, London. £10 Book Token

 

Poetry Section / Short Listed:

 

No 4   Ent...

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Performance Poetry Workshop in Wigan

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As part of the North By North Western Festival 2009...
 
Performance Poetry Workshop
Monday 3rd August 1pm-4pm
The Tudor House Hotel, Wigan
This is a free event. Ages 16+
 
Local performance poets Darren Thomas, Louise Fazackerley and John Togher will take you through the basics of performing your poetry.

Aimed at beginner level the workshop will go through the history, techniques and exercises to help you feel confident performing your poetry on stage.

You will work on your ...

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Raise Your Banners Poetry Competition

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Theme: “Living in 21stCentury Yorkshire”

 

1 Poems must be original, unpublished, (including internet publication) and not have won any other prize.

 

2 They must be typed in English, on the theme of living in 21st Century Yorkshire and not exceed 50 lines.

 

3 No identification of the author should appear on the poem. Full details of name, address, email,

telephone contact, and title of poem should be included on a separate page. There is no entry form.

 

4 ...

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Polyverse Poetry Festival

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Buy your ticket for Polyverse before they're all gone! If you're still deciding on whether or not to buy a ticket, here's why you should:

1) AMAZING VALUE - a crazy low price only £20 for the entire festival (£15 concessionary rate), or only £10 for ALL of the following: Brand new Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the critically-acclaimed play 'Dreams of May', AND be the first to see a very impressive gaggle of up-and-coming young poets.


2) CAROL ANN DUFFY - not only is this a golden chance t...

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The John Betjeman Young People’s Poetry Competition

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The John Betjeman Young People's Poetry Prize is now in its third year. It was inaugurated in 2006 to celebrate the centenary of one of the nation's best-loved poets. The competition is open to 11-14 year olds anywhere in the British Isles and the Republic of Ireland. Its aim is to encourage young people to understand and appreciate the importance of place.

http://www.johnbetjeman.com/09ENTRY%20FORM.pdf
 

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The Poetry Society announces new Ted Hughes Award

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On Thursday 9 July 2009, Carol Ann Duffy had her first Audience with Her Majesty The Queen to mark her appointment as Poet Laureate. Duffy chose the occasion to announce a new award for poetry. The annual honorarium the Poet Laureate traditionally receives from HM The Queen will instead be donated to the Poetry Society, and used to fund The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry will be awarded annually throughout the ten years of Carol ...

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Go to the ends of the Earth for poetry!

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Well, go to the northern tip of the Wirral Peninsula anyway.

It’s the home of Bards of New Brighton, who will host their monthly open-mic session at the Magazine pub, Magazine Brown, New Brighton, CH45 1HP, on Monday 13 July, starting at 8pm.

Two important new developments will be unveiled on Monday night…

First, our push-button Bards Bell. This will be put to a variety of uses during the evening. June will have control of it, as she fears MC Steve Regan will use his finger ...

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Review

RIP Steven 'Seething' Wells

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RIP Steven 'Seething' Wells : a tribute to my old ranting poetry comrade

 Just about to leave for Glasto on a Thursday morning, one final e-mail check...among the spam was a message from my footie mate Alan. Title: 'Have you seen this?' I open it and find a link to Philadelphia Weekly and the article: 'In extremis: Steven Wells says goodbye.' Oh, fuck, fuck, fuck.

Two days previously I'd emailed him a poem I'd just written. Must have arrived in his inbox hours before he disappeared off th...

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BBC Blast - opportunity for 13-19-year-olds

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Are you 13 -19? Got a way with words? Write & perform poetry? Rap? Spoken word?
BBC Blast has teamed up with the Poetry Society to challenge all budding performers to write and perform an original 60 second slam poem on the theme of identity: who you are, where you come from, cultural, national, human identity...

The prize? A 2 day masterclass with Poetry Society professionals plus the chance to perform at our London showcase alongside renowned performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah!
To upload your en...

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BBC poetry slam success

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Manchester poets Michael Wilson and Ben Mellor (pictured) are through to the semi-finals of the BBC national poetry slam championships after winning the North West heat in fine style with magnificent poetry and outstanding performances that wowed the capacity audience.
And it was very close, with Chris Jam and Peter Crompton pressing them hard in the second round for those two semi-final places. Much more importantly for the 160-strong audience at Manchester’s Green Room, it was a wonderful eve...

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Poem of the month

This Land's Not Your Land

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This month's poem was chosen by Jeremy Page who says of it, "There are so many things I admire about this poem: I love its energy, its verve, the force with which it rants at you from the page. But above all, I love the devastating wit and the effectiveness with which it lands blow after blow on its oh-so-deserving targets."

Find out more about Elvis and his work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/elvismcgonagall

This Land's Not Your Land: A Republican Party Protest Song By A Global Vill...

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Sophie Hall is a Super Heroine of Slam

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At an incredibly close poetry slam at Hole in T’Wall pub, Sophie Hall (pictured) pipped Pete Crompton at the post to win the second heat of Commonword's Superheroes of slam. Now, as well as the £50 first prize, she is eligible to compete with the October final of the competition.

Third place went to Richard Eccles with 4th place going to Emma Decent.

It was a memorable night with a special guest appearance by Chris Jam and a very high standard in the competition which was reflected in the scor...

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Pete Crompton Breaks Ankle

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Pete Crompton (pictured at an event in Wigan earlier this month), well know, well respected and even loved, North West poet has broken his ankle in three places and is currently in hospital in Southport.

The accident occurred whilst he was roller skating and he is awaiting surgery which cannot be undertaken until the swelling goes down.

It looks as though he'll be in hospital for sometime and we wish him all the best and hope that he has a speedy and complete recovery.

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Spotlight Writing Surgeries - Lancaster

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Work In Progress - Writing Surgeries

Whether you are just starting out or have been writing for some time...

Whether you write for performance or the page...

Would you like feedback on your writing?

Then come to a One-To-One Surgery with
Spotlight Organisers Ron Baker and Sarah Fiske.

Surgeries will be held at The Gregson Centre on:

Sunday 12th July - 1pm - 3pm

Tuesday 21st July - 12pm - 2pm

Sunday 22nd November - 7pm - 9pm

Fee: £5

Places are limited and must be booked in advance -
To sign up for a 20 minu...

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Beverley Poetry Day 27th June

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Poetry is in the air at the moment – get a lung-full in Beverley on 27 June at the East Riding Poetry Day
 
East Riding Poetry Day offers you the chance to spend a day, or part of the day, with some of the best poets currently writing. You’ll have the chance to write poems of your own, listen to a lecture and hear some of the best poets around read their work.
 
The poets involved in the day include Carol Rumens, Christopher Reid, Fiona Sampson and Pat Borthwick.
 
John W. Clarke, ...

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London Heat of BBC Radio 4 Slam

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The London heat of the Radio 4 poetry slam has at last been announced. It's to be held on the 24th July at Drill Hall, 16 Chenies St WC1E 7EX.BBC Radio 4 will be broadcasting a second series of Poetry Slam programmes later in 2009 and this is one of the regional heats open only to previous slam winners who have won a bona fide slam since January 2006. If you think you qualify then contact the organiser John Paul O'Neill Farrago Poetry farragopoetry@yahoo.co.uk


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The Gift of Boats Sails Away with £5,000

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The much awaited results of the 2009 Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition were announced in Cardiff Bay aboard cruise vessel Seren-y-Bae on Wednesday 17 June. National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, announced the winners to a boat full of Welsh poets, competition entrants and literary enthusiasts. The 2009 competition was judged by Ian McMillan and Kurt Heinzelman.

 

The first prize of £5000 was awarded to Jane Routh (pictured) from Lancaster for her aptly named...

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Matt Simpson 13th May 1936 - 8th June 2009

The poet, MATT SIMPSON, died on the 8th June, a week after a heart bypass operation.

Born in Bootle in 1936, he published six books of poetry, three from Bloodaxe, two from Liverpool University Press, and one from Shoestring. Until his retirement in 1998 he was senior lecturer in English at Liverpool Hope University. Matt read for Dead Good Poets Society on several occasions and will be greatly missed.

His funeral is on Thursday 18th June, 2-30pm at Springwood Crematorium, Allerton, ...

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Seminars at Manchester Central Library

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Manchester's Central Library is to host seminars which are primarily aimed
at academics but are also open to the general public. The University of Salford have instigated this innovation in association with the Library


NORTH-WEST LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY SEMINAR

The first in a series of quarterly seminars to discuss the literature,
history, science & medicine of the Long Nineteenth Century (to include the Late Romantics through to the start of the First World War).

The University of Salford presen...

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The Crashaw Prize for Poetry

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If you have a debut collection of poetry why not consider entering the 2009 Crashaw Prize?

The Crashaw Prize is an international annual prize for a first collection of poetry. Entrants must not have been published before, and must permanently reside in the UK & Ireland, the USA, or Australia & New Zealand.

Salt accept submissions of poetry manuscripts postmarked from 1st January until 31st October each year. The winners will be announced in December and published the following June.

The Rich...

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Review

Hovis Presley Obituary

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It was the 4th anniversary of Hovis's death earlier this month and we thought we'd mark it by reprinting Tony Hadoke's obituary. Richard was a regular at Write Out Loud and was a friend to many of us. The following obituary for Richard is reprinted by kind permission of the Independent, Obituaries. Written by Toby Hadoke it first appeared in the Independent on 13 June 2005. I think we can all agree that it is a fantastic piece and a fitting tribute to a great guy and friend.

Richard Henry M...

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National Write a Poem about the News Day!

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National Write a Poem about the News Day is on Wednesday 24th June

The news can be poetry and poetry can be news.
Feel like you can't do anything about what's going on in the news?
Writing a poem about it could be empowering and enlightening.
Feel like poetry's not relevant to the world today?
Use the vast amount of material in the news to inspire your words.

Let's get it happening in schoolrooms, bedrooms, newsrooms...
Add your poem to the snapshot of the day being created at
www.poetryasithappens.wor...

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Adrian Mitchel Memorial Gig - Shoreham, West Sussex

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Attila The Stockbroker & Adur Festival Present:

THE ADRIAN MITCHELL MEMORIAL GIG

‘My brain socialist, my heart anarchist, my eyes pacifist, my blood revolutionary’

THURSDAY 18 JUNE, 8pm (doors/real ale bar open 7.30) Roptackle Arts Centre, Little High Street,  Shorehame by Sea, West Sussex

Tickets £10 from http://www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk  01273 464440 or in person
 
Celebrating the life of a true giant and hero of radical poetry who sadly died last December after a long life very wel...

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All Aboard the Poetry Boat

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Join Academi at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 17 June as it announces the winners of the prestigious 2009 Cardiff International Poetry Competition. The names of the winners will be revealed at an official ceremony aboard cruise vessel Seren y Bae. The ceremony will be held afloat and includes a wine reception on arrival plus a 90-minute luxury cruise around the Bay. Prize-winners will be announced by the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, in the company of Welsh writers, previous winners, loc...

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Mental Virus - Contributions Wanted

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The Mental Virus Arts Magazine is seeking submissions for its seventh issue.

There is a loose theme of 'The Way We Are' to tie in with the NXNW Festival (www.nxnwfestival.co.uk).

Send your short stories, poems, photography, art and other misc writings to woodenhorse@tiscali.co.uk
Deadline 5th July.
 

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Writing Festival - Nottingham

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The ScreenLit Festival, 29 June - 5 July 2009 at Broadway Cinema Nottingham will present several professional development events.
The full list of eventiss :
ScreenLit Professional Development Events  
Paul Schrader Screenwriting Masterclass - Friday 3 July, 3.00pm

In a two-hour lecture illustrated with clips, screenwriter Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) outlines a theory and method of screenwriting, drawing on his lengthy and prestigious career as filmmaker and...

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Write Out Loud's Newsletter June 2009

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BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam Regional Heats

This month we’re devoting our Newsletter to the Regional heats of the of the national BBC Radio 4 Slam competition. We hope that, if you’re not performing, you’ll come along to support one of them. They do promise to be fantastic events showcasing the best of our current slam champions.

North West - We have a specially price for WOL members of £3/£2 tickets (box office price £5/£3) for this slam to be held at 8pm prompt, on 2nd July at the Gre...

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Manchester - Creative Writing Workshop

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PAPER PLANES: SECOND SATURDAYS  starting 13th June 12 noon til 4pm, £12/8 Upstairs at FUEL CAFE, 448 Wilmslow Rd, Withington M20 3BW. Tel 0161-448 9702
 myspace.com/mypaperplanes or email Tony at paperplanes@hotmail.co.uk

You can come and discover what a gift these friendly, enjoyable and challenging work shops are.

You'll have fun and take home 3 or 4 new pieces of your own writing and learn how to kick start new ideas and writing improvisation s for yourself

What...

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Superheroes of Slam - Heat 2, Hebden Bridge

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Heat 2 in Commonword's 'Return of the Superheroes of slam', run in conjunction with Write Out Loud and the Hebden Bridge Finge Festival, is to be held at The Hole in the Wall, Hanging Royd Lane, Hebden Bridge HZ7 7DD on Sunday 5th July 2009. Start time is 6pm prompt.

To enter yourself as a potential contestant click
http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/slams.php?slamid=11

Prizes: 1st £50, 2nd £20, bottle of wine for the runner up.

The winner of this slam will go through to the grand final will be...

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Chris Jam Wins Super Poet's Slam!

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Congratulations to Chris Jam (pictured) who just pipped Gemma O'Neill to win Heat 1 of the "Return of the Superheroes of Slam" last night at the Octagon, Bolton. Louise Fazackerley came a close third followed by John Darwin.

Chris now qualifies for both the BBC Radio 4 NW heat on July 2nd at the Green room Manchester and also for the Superheroes slam final on 21st October in the Frog and Bucket, Manchester.



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Superheroes of slam - Bolton Leg

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The Stranglers once asked ‘ Whatever happened to - all those Superheroes (of poetry)…’ or something like that. Well, none got their ears burnt, or watched a Rome burn - instead, they gathered at Bolton’s Octagon theatre for a Radio 4 Slam heat. The winner of which will move on to a regional final at Manchester’s The Green Room next month. So, briefly (cos I don’t get paid).

Degsy Jones, who I always refer to as 'Merseyside’s self proclaimed poetry activist', was looking every inch a ‘He-Man...

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What I do ...

Cry what shall I cry?

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What I Do That's New is a series of articles in which poets share their trade secrets with the rest of us i.e. they describe aspects of what they do that is either innovative or just plain clever.
If you would like to feature in a future article in this series then contact feature editor Dermot Glennon dermot@writeoutloud.net

 

Reading and attending events hones your poetic sensibility - it’s like musicians listening to music to develop their musical ear. No musician would say ‘I donâ...

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Poem of the month

READING P. D. JAMES IN SAN FRANCISCO

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This month's poem was chosen by Alex Smith who says of it,
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It's a finely balanced poem on several levels. It can be read as a study of loneliness in an hotel (looking into the fridge, but feeling 'at home' with P D James writing about the Norfolk coast); it is also offers a wide-ranging comment on our culture, Western culture that is, and shows how fragmented it is, how off-centre much of the time and often irrelevant to an individual's way of life: the Pacific Seaboard, Jesus, P D James, Elt...

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Competitions

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Write Out Loud has details of several poetry/short story competitions - too many to list here - email info@writeoutloud.net for full details.

Note there maybe a delay of a couple of days before we send the details.

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All Ireland BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam - Call For Applicants!

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BBC Radio 4 will be broadcasting a second series of Poetry Slam programmes in 2009.  New Belfast Community Arts Initiative has been asked to host the All Ireland Regional Heat taking place on Thursday 18th June at the Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast.

 

A Poetry Slam is a knockout performance poetry competition in which poets perform their own work in front of an audience and a panel of judges, and are given scores by the judges based on content, style, delivery and level of audie...

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Litro Live! London, Thursday June 11th

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On Thursday 11th June, from 6pm to 10pm, Litro Live! will put on its biggest live event yet, in partnership with St. Pancras International Station and the Betjeman Arms, bringing its inventive approach for an edgy and arty evening of music and the spoken word.

The event will be held at the Betjeman Arms on the Rendevous level (upper concourse) with views of Eurostar trains heading to Europe on High Speed 1, the UK’s first high speed railway line, making it the perfect setting for audienc...

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Manchester Literary Charity Event

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STELLA DUFFY, VAL MCDERMID, SOPHIE KINSELLA

Three best-selling women writers are coming to Manchester to speak at a literary supper to raise funds for the Young Oncology
Unit at Christie's Hospital. Come and support an excellent cause and be entertained and informed by these first class speakers -
an unmissable opportunity to hear all three together. It’s a women only evening.

Date: Tuesday 7th July 2009
Venue: Manchester Grammar School
Tickets: £45.00.

To book a place or for more information, e...

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PGR at Leamington Spa

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PUREandGOODand RIGHT is a brilliant open mic night in Leamington and this month they have a guest poet, the multi-talented, fabulous Mark Niel (pictured).

It's a 7.30pm start on Sunday 31st May start at the Fox, Clarendon Ave - full details and directions in the gig guide.

 

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Help Salt Publishing

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As many of you will know, since June last year Salt publishing have been struggling when the economic downturn began to affect their press. Their three year funding ends this year and they cannot apply through Grants for the Arts for further funding for Salt's operations. Spring sales were down nearly 80% on the previous year, and despite April's much improved trading, the past twelve months has left them with a budget deficit of over £55,000. It's proving to be a very big hole and they're ...

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A Celebration of the Poetry Society Centenary

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Sunday 19th July 2:00-4:00p.m East Riddlesden Hall, Bradford Road, Riddlesden, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD20 5EL In the Airedale Barn, (in keeping with the character of the C17 Hall),

 

 Readings of 17th Century English poetry from:

Christine Bousfield, Nicholas Bielby, Gerard Benson, and others  

Baroque music from:

Rough Pearl and The Herberts

 

Entry and programme by donation (£3.00 suggested)

 

The event is organised by Leeds / Bradford Stanza, f...

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Poetry Rivals Competition 2009

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  Poetry Rivals 2009
No singing, no dancing…. Just the power of the pen!

Poetry Rivals 2009 is now in full swing and we have already received over 2000 entries!!

By sharing your poem with us you could find yourself performing in front of a panel of judges and a live audience, with the chance of winning a PUBLISHING CONTRACT with the UK’s largest publisher of new poetry! There is also a top of the range LAPTOP COMPUTER up for grabs for the under 18 winner.

The top 100 poets (50 x unde...

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Nabila Suriya on Internet Radio

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There will be a live interview with, and poetry reading from Nabila Suriya on BBC Radio Birmingham this Sunday - details below. Nabila will be reading some of her poetry and will be talking about the genesis of her work and how she plans to build bridges in the poetry world. You can listen live or later (using the 'listen again' facility) on the internet BBC Birmingham (see below).

DATE: SUNDAY 17th May 2009 at 12.15pm (half an hour interview)

Show: Midlands Masala BBC Radio Birmingham

Presenter...

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BALLISTA issue 6 OUT NOW

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The latest instalment of speculative short fiction presents chilling new tales of terror, sf and the supernatural from Michelle Howarth, Natalie Donbavand, Steve Richards, Gwen Seabourne, Andrew Knighton, Marshall Payne, James Holland, Lee Callaway, Nik Perring, plus the welcome return of Neil James Hudson.

ISSN 1750-6646 | 138mm x 216mm | 60pp | ed.s Paul Neads & Andrew Myers. NB: Subscribers’ and contributors’ copies are in the mail.

Current Issue Â£4.00. Annual Subscriptio...

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Poetry Trust Vacancy

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Marketing & Communications Manager

Could you promote poetry with passion?

The Poetry Trust is looking for a dynamic professional with digital flair and expertise to join a small, dedicated team.

Based in Halesworth, Suffolk, The Poetry Trust promotes contemporary poetry via the international Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and year-round artistic programme, plus partnerships, prizes and publications.

Your role will be to lead the marketing & communications activit...

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Poets and Players presents Amanda Dalton

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Poets and Players returns on May 16 to the beautiful windows of the South Gallery at the Whitworth with Amanda Dalton (pictured), Associate Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre and one of Britain's Next Generation Poets. Amanda will read alongside Manchester Young Poet 2008 Helen Mort, Cheshire Poet Laureate 2006 Andrew Rudd, Liverpool poet Rebecca Goss with acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter Ricky Damiani in another fabulous afternoon of poetry and performance.    

2.30pm...

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The Manchester Fiction Prize 2009

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First prize: £10,000
Deadline for entries: 7th August 2009
Entry fee: £15

The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching The Manchester Fiction Prize - a new literary competition celebrating excellence in creative writing. The Manchester Fiction Prize is open internationally and will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best short story submitted. The competition is open to entrants aged 16 or over; there is no upper age limit. A bursary for study at ...

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Fourpenny Circus poetry roadshow kicks off tour

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The team that brought you Bunch of Fives - ‘Intellectual Viagra!’ and ‘Should be at the Edinburgh Fringe’ - returns with a new poetry spectacular. The Fourpenny Circus comes to town with a Little Top full of poetic tricks. GASP in amazement as they cut a poem in half without rhyme or reason, WONDER at their verbal dexterity. REVEL in a show to make you laugh, blush and think.
 
Cheshire poets laureate Jo Bell, John Lindley, Andrew Rudd and Joy Winkler (directed by Kevin ...

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Write Out Loud's May Newsletter

         Summer and Spring Scintillating Slams

 

There’s a feast of poetry slams around the country over the next three months, including several Write Out Loud specials!

In partnerships with BBC Radio 4, Commonword, Hebden Bridge Fringe, Wigan’s North by North West Festival, Bristol’s Poetry Can and Manchester’s Not the Festival, we are organising slams in Bolton, Manchester, Wigan and Hebden Bridge, with the winners eligible to participate in the North West slam of slams - the re...

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Havant Literary Festival Poetry Competition

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Havant Literary Festival Poetry Competition

Closing Date: Friday 1 August, 2009

Prizes: £250, £100, £50

Details: Poems up to 40 lines on the theme of 'Water'.

Judge: Anne Stewart.

Entry: £3 per poem.

Contact: hlf2008havant@googlemail.com
www.havantlitfest.hampshire.org.uk

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Could You Be a Superhero of Slam?

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Commonword is running a series of slams called 'Return of The Superheroes of Slam' which will culminate in a grand final at the Frog and Bucket, Manchester on 21st of October. The winner of the final will get a super cash prize and be awarded the Dike Omeje Trophy.

In partnership with Commonword, Write Out Loud is running the first three heats of the competition and the first one will take place on Monday 1st June at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton - doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm prompt start. Priz...

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Carol Ann Duffy - Poet Laureate

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Congratulations to Carol Ann Duffy on being made the first woman poet laureate.

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Poem of the month

On a theme of Apollinaire

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This month's poem was chosen by Julia Deakin who says of it,
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I don’t know much about Apollinaire, but because this poem is both clear and intriguing, it works for me with or without background knowledge. I like the way it frames the outdoor present against the church’s interior past. Santé, Alex! "

Find out more about Alex and his work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/alexsmith

On a theme of Apollinaire

The saints along the nave

and crucifix at the end
are veiled in their Lent purple.

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What I do ...

Freeform as a bird

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 What I Do That's New is a series of articles in which poets share their trade secrets with the rest of us i.e. they describe aspects of what they do that is either innovative or just plain clever.

If you would like to feature in a future article in this series then contact feature editor Dermot Glennon dermot@writeoutloud.net

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The first time I took a pair of scissors to one of my poems was a revelation: a dead poem came to life. I was suddenly...

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Text Festival Bury

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The Text Festival occupies the boundaries between art and poetry, examining the response of text artists and poets to the substantial ambiguity of language. A 12 week programme of events held from 30th April in various venues in Bury, Lancashire, featuring exhibitions, public art commissions, publications and performances by internationally recognised practitioners and some of the newest talents in the field.

This is the major British festival based on the idea that art can be read as poetr...

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Be the UK Limerick Laureate

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The 'One Show' on BBC 1 is looking for the UK's Limerick Laureate - go to their site
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theoneshow/onepassions/2009/04/write-your-limericks-here.html

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Festival of New Writing in Aberdeen and North-East Scotland

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Wordfringe 2009 presents poets, fiction writers, dramatists, storytellers, comedians, translators, musicians, composers and sound artists, from North-East Scotland and beyond, in the innovative festival exploring the spoken and written word in performance. Events take place in venues in Aberdeen and many towns and villages throughout Aberdeenshire.

This year Wordfringe forms a part of Homecoming Scotland, the year-long celebration of Scottish culture, with a vibrant mix of the best of l...

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Short Stories Wanted

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United Press are looking for very short stories of about 100 words. They must be on the theme of “Things Kids Say” and should be funny illustrations of amusing things that children have said. They hope you can help because they need more material for the book and half of the £5.99
cover price goes to Barnardo's.

The book was launched with the help of actress and TV celebrity Lynda
Bellingham recently, and you can see more details and an interview
with Lynda at http://www.unitedpress.co.uk/itn.p...

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A Litfest Research and Development Project

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Exploring Live Literature - A Litfest Research and Development Project

What might you create with five days access to our auditorium space, critical friendships with Litfest ((Lancaster's literature festival) personnel, and a materials/expenses budget of up £500?

Litfest's Andy Darby and Sarah Hymas will work with a writer or writers on developing a piece of live literature for performance through a group or series of meetings/rehearsals over 5 days. Andy and Sarah will offer their...

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500 Poets on the Showcase!

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Yes, that's right we now have 500 Poets on the showcase - whoopee!!

We've got 3,000+ people on our database - so if you haven't put your profile on the showcase seize the time and do it!

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12 Poetry Films - Manchester

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A late-night showcase of 12 films produced as part of the on-going Comma Film project - adaptations of award-winning poems and short stories published independently in the region, featuring poems and stories by John Cooper Clarke, Hanif Kureishi, David Constantine, Shamshad Khan, Kath McKay and many others. Directors include Terry Wragg, Gwendolen Osmond (film pictured), Ronald Wright, Caleb Shaffer, Charlotte Caetano, James Fisher, Sarah Eyre, Kate Jessop and Lisa Risbec. Accompanied by a...

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East Riding Readers’ Day - June

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East Riding Readers’ Day is happening on  Saturday 6 June 2009,

10am to 4pm at Longcroft Upper School, Beverley

Tickets £12 (including lunch, refreshments and a book!)

 

Now in its ninth year, the East Riding Readers’ Day has become one of the most popular events in the Yorkshire literary calendar. Based on a mix of readers’ group sessions with authors, panel discussions and great conversation about literary classics, it never fails to leave participants re...

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Poetry Film Party - London

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PoetryFilm Party at Curzon Soho, April 22nd. FREE.

There is one more informal PoetryFilm Party in the Curzon Soho Bar next week, before PoetryFilm moves into the Curzon Soho Cinema.

There will be a selection of PoetryFilms on the theme of Dream, and also live performances, including Project Adorno, and Play 2.

Films start at 7.30. Arrive early to secure good seats.
Hosted by Malgorzata Kitowski.

PROGRAMME

Dream Poem, Dann Casswell
Watch carefully: words morph on screen resulting in incr...

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Psst... Wanna be a Secret Poet?

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John Gorman - a member of The Scaffold in the 1960s and a regular face of cult ITV show Tiswas) is appealing for performance poets to attend and recite at the Oxton Secret Gardens open day in Oxton Village (the posh bit – the ONLY posh bit – of Birkenhead) on Sunday 10 May.

John, who quite often performs at Wirral poetry clubs such as The Bards and Wirral Words, said: â€œIt would be a blow for poetry to flood the gardens with as many Secret Poets as can be mustered.”

If you woul...

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Comments Made Safer!

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Write Out Loud not only listens to you but, where feasible, acts upon your wishes too (steady).

Please note: there is now a check on all 'Comments' on the site which stops you deleting them by accident. So worry ye no more as ye shalt no longer lose those pearls of wisdom and they shalt remain for all to see - not always a good idea I know - but we have listened, defined & implemented.
I thank you.

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National Poetry Competition 2009

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The Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition 2009 is now open: First Prize £5000, Second prize £1000, Third Prize £500.

This is an international competition.

The winners will be published in Poetry Review, on the Poetry Society website, in Aesthetica Magazine and also get the chance to read at Ledbury Poetry Festival.

Judges: Daljit Nagra, Ruth Padel, Neil Rollinson. Closes 31 October 2009. Free 2nd entry for Poetry Society Members.

http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/n...

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Freed-Up Manchester - Thursday!

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This Thursday (16th Apr) is a FREED UP Thursday, from 7pm, Greenroom, Whitworth St Manchester.

steve o and dominic host the city's friendliest open mic night. though we now have to say all places to read are now full, we welcome you to come and cheer on both new and established artists who will be performing work on this month's theme of CRUELTY.

If you would like to read at next month's FREED UP, greenroom box office will be taking bookings from this Friday on 0161 615 0500. Phone them up a...

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MAG Poetry Prize 2009 - Deadline Approaches

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You have up to the 30th April 2009 to join in and help raise funds for the charity Mines Advisory Group (MAG). MAG is a neutral and impartial humanitarian organisation that clears the remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide.

 

This is a totally unique open online poetry competition judged by the entrants themselves. The Judging is in three rounds. In each round the entrants read 12 poems. It's a knockout system. In the final round everyone reads the last 12.

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Write Out Loud's April Newsletter

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In this month's Newsletter:
Write Out Loud Host's a BBC regional Slam
Michael Wilson is the Bolton Slam Champ 2009 How to Podcast Why Donate? Wigan & Leigh Words 09 Literary Festival New Look Gig Guide Write Out Loud's April Event in Sale Cancelled
Please read on...


BBC Radio 4 national slam championships North West heat
Make a date in your diary: July 2nd, 2009. Could you be BBC Radio 4 national poetry slam champion, 2009?

The North West of England heat will be hosted by Write Out Loud at t...

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Write Out Loud's New Event in Sale in May

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Steve O'Connor has agreed to work with us to develop a new and different type event which we will launch at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale on Tuesday 26th May. 

There will be a mixture of guest poet, showcase poets as well as open mic. We'll bring you news of this event as soon as the details are finalised.

Due to various circumstances, some of them beyond our control, we had cancel the event on the 15th April at the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale.

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Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2009

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The Poetry Trust invites entries from publishers and individual poets for this annual Prize awarded to the author of the best first full collection published in printed book form (minimum 40 pages) in the UK and Republic of Ireland between 1 Aug 2008 and 31 July 2009.

 

Judges: David Constantine, Mimi Khalvati and Michael Laskey (Chair).

 

The winner receives £3,000 plus a fee-paying invitation to read at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2010 and a week of paid 'protecte...

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Wigan & Leigh Literary Festival 2009

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This year there's yet another full programme of literary events, designed to suit all tastes at the Wigan & Leigh Literary Festival running from 13th to 25th April. Amongst other delights, you can meet Jimmy McGovern and David Nobbs in conversation with Julian Jordon, have tea with Wendy Cope, have a 'Rhapsody for two' with John & Sandre Clays, find out about King Arthur & his links to Wigan [is this right? Ed] and/or attend a workshop or three.

Full details of the festival can be found at ht...

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Write Out Loud's Popularity Causes Web Site Problem

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Last month (March 09) saw record numbers of people visiting and using the web site and this resulted in the bandwidth being exceeded and the site suspended for a brief period - some of you may have seen the error message last night.

We, of course, contacted our service provider immediately the problem occurred only to find that there was no one on the support desk after 5pm local time - the problem was corrected by the system software at midnight as our new monthly bandwidth allocation took effec...

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Poem of the month

Learning To Kiss

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This month's poem was chosen by Andy Humphrey who says of it,
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It'd be daft to say I can relate to this poem. I can't. I'm a bloke and this is a joyously, triumphantly feminine poem. And anything that helps me understand the female psyche has to be worthy of respect! I love the language in this poem, its sense of fun, the reminiscences of scary aunts and Jackie magazine, and that undercurrent of poignancy that carries all the way through. And I love the way it draws me to the end and makes me fee...

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Season End for Wakefield's Red Shed

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This Thursday(2nd April) is the final Red Shed Reading of this season and it's definitely a case of saving the best till last.

The main guest is award-winning author and general megastar Berlie Doherty (pictured), twice Carnegie Medal winner, studied in schools for donkeys years and generally a good egg.

Support will be from rising star Hannah Martin and music will be from the Da Capo duo. Also the usual open mics and simile competition, so get there early and enjoy.

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Easter at Merseyside Polonia

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Easter is the theme for the next Merseyside Polonia event with Polish Easter traditions, singing (we will have some special guests from Manchester) and of course a lot of delicious food.

The next Merseyside Polonia event that will take place on Friday 3rd April 2009. It will start at 6.30 pm (end by 9 pm) at the Academy of St. Francis of Assisi (by Newsham Park), Gardner’s Drive, Liverpool L6 7UR. The events are free, open to everybody and will be translated into English and Polish.

Duri...

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Ver Poets Open Poetry Competition 2009

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FIRST PRIZE £500, SECOND PRIZE £300, THIRD PRIZE £100, YOUNG WRITERS PRIZE £100
WINNING AND SELECTED POEMS PUBLISHED IN THE COMPETITION ANTHOLOGY
Adjudicator, John Whitworth, Closing Date for the competition 30th April 2009
For further details and and application form: http://www.verpoets.org.uk/page_03.htm

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'Perform v Content' poetry workshop

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This Manchester based workshop, hosted by Commonword's former poet in residence, Ben Mellor, seeks to explore the balancing act between content and performance skills in poetry and cultivate a new generation of fresh voices. The new, bigger venue, is Zion Arts Centre, Stretford Road Manchester - meeting room. 29th April 7pm-9pm.

Tel: 01618323777 or email admin@commonword.org.uk

 

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Have a nice sit down...

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...a cup of tea - and do some writing!
Every Monday in Manchester Jackie Hagan and chums hold fun, laid back writing workshops. They are for people with mental health issues, so if you have ever felt a bit mental, know what that means and empathise with the experience, then you're are welcome to come along. The point is not that we are all mental, but that the taboos associated with it are dropped, so here it's ok and safe to write and talk about your life in an honest way.
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Templar Competition 2010

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The Templar Poetry Pamphlet & Collection Competition 2009 invites submissions of short collections of poetry. Four winners each receive £500, publication of their submission in pamphlet format published and launched at the Derwent Poetry Festival in October 2009 and the opportunity to submit a full collection for publication.

Around forty poets have individual poems published in the competition anthology and all writers submitting receive a comlimentary copy of the anthology (RR...

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Stratford Poetry Festival 2009

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The 56th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival

19th April - 14th May 2009

                        - a celebration of poetry in the hometown of the world’s greatest poet

With events ranging from guest readings from Jane Lapotaire and Jeffery Dench, lectures from Michael Wood and Stanley Wells, to afternoon tea with Wendy Cope - there is something for every age, taste and pocket in this year’s Poetry Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The highlight of the festival is always T...

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Podcasting is here!

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Yes we've had Podcasting on this site for sometime, we've just not told you about it - Doh!
For instance, click on 'Poets' Blogs' in the above menu then click on the  icon
You will then get a list of the latest 20 blogs that have MP3s attached - good eh!
Similarly, if you click on 'Poem of the Month' then click on the icon
You will then get a list of the those poems that have audio files.
You can then play an audio file directly on your PC and/or download & play the mp3s on your ipod or MP3 player...

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Michael Wilson is the Write Out Loud 2009 Bolton Slam Champ!

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In a thrilling contest, which had a final of 5 people, Michael Wilson (pictured) was crowned Bolton Slam Champion for 2009, second was Gemma O'Neill and third Steeve the poet. The other runners up were Jeffarama and John Darwin

1st prize £50, 2nd £20 and runner-up prize, and the w
inner is eligible for an upcoming BBC Radio 4 national slam competition in the summer (to be announced later).

The championship took place at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton on 30th March.

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Bradford Prose Writing Competition

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The latest Bradford Writers Circle competition is as follows:- 

Theme: ‘MARCH OF TIME’ , Maximum words 1,000, Closing date: 16th March. Results due:   6th April.

RULES OF ENTRY

Stories and Articles must be double spaced on one side of A4 paper.
Your name must only appear on the title page.

Please enclose sae if you wish your entry returned.

Entries must not have previously been published, or have won any other competition.

Fee: Members £1-50: Non-Members £2-00 per entry.

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Rotherham Writing Competition 2009

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Rotherham Arts "Mike Haywood" Creative Writing Competitions 2009

Two categories: Poetry up to 40 lines. Stories 1800 - 2000 words.

Deadline: 30th June 2009.

Entry fee £1.00 per entry. Cheques, etc. payable to Rotherham Arts.

Maximum of 3 stories or 4 poems.

Nom de plume on entries (no other identification) (Cover sheet or entry form with real name, Nom de Plume and titles of entries).

Thr...

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Huddersfield Poets Still at Albert

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In the continuing saga, the Albert Poets are now back at the Albert Hotel (next to Huddersfield Library).

The readers for Thursday 9th April 2009, 8:00 are:
 
Mike Barlow
Winner of The National Poetry Competition 2006. First collection 'Living on the Difference' (Smith Doorstop) was shortlisted for Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection. Second Collection 'Another Place' (Salt). Recent pamphlet 'Amicable Numbers' (Templar) is a Poetry Book Society Spring Pamphlet Choice.
 
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Wow! Look at the gig guide!

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It’s got maps and pictures and… and …everything!
Not just the most comprehensive, up-to-date list of poetry events available, our gig guide now has pictures of the venue and location maps. You just print out the details, and turn up ?" obviously with your newly-written, well-rehearsed poems to hand.
“Look that’s it over there. See, that’s the picture of it. Oh, well done, Write Out Loud,” I hear you say. “How do they do it?”
We do it thanks to our unsung heroes in the back room: D...

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Makar Making in Scotland

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Sheena Blackhall will be inaugurated Makar of the North East of Scotland at 6.30pm on 30th April 2009 at Books & Beans, Brlmont Street, Aberdeen - admission Free.

Sheena is a distinguished and prolific poet in Doric, Scots and English. She is internationally recognised as an outstanding contemporary writer. We are privileged to have her among us. At this event Sheena will read her poems and most likely also sing.


The evening, brought to you by Dead Good Poets (Scotland) in association with...

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Paper Planes Writing Workshop Manchester

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You can come and discover what a gift these friendly, enjoyable and challenging workshops are. on Saturday 14th March from 12pm to 4pm at Fuel Cafe, 448 Wilmslow Rd, Withington M20 3BW.

Telephone 0161 448 9702 Cost: £12/8

You'll have fun and take home 3 or 4 new pieces of your own writing and learn how to kick start new ideas and writing improvisations for yourself

Whatever you write, this work shop is right for you - poems, prose, scripts, songs, blogs.

Join poet and Commonwor...

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Win a Free Flight!

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Great Britons will help talented people by giving away 180 free flights in 2009.

Anyone within six broad categories of Sport, Fashion, Performance, Art, Community and Innovation with the drive to succeed, can apply for the chance to visit a destination that could kick start their career.

All they have to do for a chance to win, is tell their story to date and where they hope to go from here.

Please visit www.greatbritons.ba.com for full details.

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George Szirtes - Newcastle-upon-Tyne Lectures

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The Newcastle/Bloodaxe lectures, now in their seventh year, are an innovative series of public lectures by leading contemporary poets.  In three linked talks, they speak about the craft and practice of poetry, concluding with a reading from their own work.  The lectures are then published by Bloodaxe Books.

 

Lectures

Monday 16th March, 5.30pm, Culture Lab, Newcastle University

Cold dark deep and absolutely clear: poetic knowledge as archaeology

 

Tuesday 17th March, 5...

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Poetry for Mugs Competition

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For poems with the title 'My Cup of Tea'. The winning four poems will be published on mugs to celebrate the opening of Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. Poems should be a maximum of 9 lines, with no more than 40 characters per line.  Closing Date: 15-Mar-09

Please send entries by email to prize@bankstreetarts.com

More details at: www.bankstreetarts.com

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Wordfringe 2009 - NE Scotland

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Wordfringe 2009 presents poets, fiction writers, dramatists, storytellers, comedians, translators, musicians, composers and sound artists, from North-East Scotland and beyond, in the innovative festival exploring the spoken and written word in performance. Events take place in venues in Aberdeen and many towns and villages throughout Aberdeenshire.

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TriskeleWrites - Services to Writers

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TriskeleWrites is a fantastic new venture offering a range of services for writers who want to improve their craft.

TriskeleWrites has been set up by three practising writers, editors and tutors: Gail Ashton; Jan Fortune-Wood and Susan Richardson, to offer manuscript appraisals, mentoring services to writers, creative writing courses and specialist packages for those who want to self publish their work.

The aim is to provide high quality services with a clear pricing structure and fair co...

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Letterbomb: Leeds Best Poetry

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Soon to be Leeds city centre's premiere evening for contemporary poetry, Letterbomb's first night is set to take place on Thursday 12th March at Milo in Leeds (on Call Lane) from 7:30pm onwards.

Admission will be £2, which buys you a whole evening of poetry.

Readers and performance poets are encouraged - it's your night!

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Red Shed Poetry Competition

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Red Shed are holding their "2009 Open Poetry Competition" with prizes of £100, £50 and £25, see rules below. Closing date for entries is 30th April.

Sole adjudicator: Michael Yates, Poet and Playwright

RULES FOR ENTRY:

1. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

2. Poems should be in English, they must not have been previously published, nor be
currently submitted for publication elsewhere.

3. Poems must be the original work of the entrant, they must be typed on A4 paper and
be ...

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US war poet to visit Portsmouth

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An acclaimed American war poet is guest at a special event to mark the 5th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war.

 

Brian Turner, who served in the US Army for seven years, will read his work at a Tongues&Grooves poetry and supper event to be held at The Florence Arms, Southsea at 7.30pm on Monday 16th March. 

 

Brian Turner’s poems were included in a Voices in Wartime Anthology published in conjunction with a feature-length documentary film.  His book, Here, Bullet (Bloodaxe, 2007)...

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Poem of the month

The Greatest Gig Of All

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This month's poem was chosen by Attila the Stockbroker who says of it,
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I wanted that ideal combination - a poem which works on the page and which I can also imagine cheering after five pints!  Andy’s poem spoke to me, personally. I knew Peelie, the sessions and record airplay he gave me were the fulfilment of a dream and, as Andy says, along with so many others, I  owe him so much.  I know it’s a predictable choice, and I almost wanted to find another poem which trumped it for me,  bu...

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'Below the Belt' - Last Few Tickets Available

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 Mia Darlone is back with a bigger and better version of 'Below the Belt' this Thursday (19th March) 8pm at the Deaf Institute, Manchester.  Tickets £5 form www.quaytickets.com
 
Please note only a few still available so get yours now (tickets I mean).
 
See Darren Thomas's review of the original production at http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/reviews.php?year=2008&month=7

Find out more about the cast and more photos etc at www.myspace.com/belowthebeltcomedy

 

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World Poetry Day Manchester : Brian Turner & Thingumajig Theatre

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US soldier-poet Brian Turner and Thingumajig Theatre will be special guests for Poets and Players' in Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester at 2.30pm on Saturday, March 21 - World Poetry Day and the sixth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq.

 

   Turner spent seven years in the US Army. He served a year as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. 

 

   Brian will read from his award-winning book Here, Bullet which is full of haunting...

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Flax Wants Your Best Poems!

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Flax is looking for vibrant and arresting new poems

Flax 018 will present some of the best new poetry from the North West of England.
If you think you're writing it, then please send up to 200 lines.
These could comprise of separate poems, poem sequences, or a complete long poem.
We are accepting email submissions between 18 March - 15 April 2009.
Please read the full submission guidelines on http://tinyurl.com/c7apjj before sending any work

Previous Flax anthologies are available as free dow...

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Merseyside Polonia

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The next Merseyside Polonia event that will take place on Friday 6th March 2009. It will start at 6.30 pm (end by 9 pm) at the Academy of St. Francis of Assisi (by Newsham Park), Gardner’s Drive, Liverpool L6 7UR. The events are free, open to everybody and will be translated in English and Polish.
 
During the event we will have some information regarding local services as well as presentation about Poland and of course some delicious food. We will have a chat about the future ??" what the ...

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Washington Meets Wales

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Some of the best young Welsh writers will be performing their work in Washington DC 18-24 March 2009 as part of a week-long celebration of contemporary Welsh literature in the US capital.

 

Wales Meets Washington is part of the wider Wales Smithsonian Cymru 2009 programme of activities and events, which includes Wales as a guest nation at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in June 2009.

 

As a taster to the festival, Academi, the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society for Auth...

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Free Song Writing Workshop in Bradford

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Factory St. Studios in Bradford are pleased to offer a free Song Writing Workshop on Sunday 15th March 2-4pm with Shaun T Hunter of quiet rebellion, contemporary acoustic singer/songwriter.

Shaun will be giving a talk/workshop on creative song writing. He'll cover how to discover your own voice, understanding song writing and having fun with it.

He's not technically focused so don't worry if you don't know your crotchets from your quavers, been writing 1 week or 10 years if you want to bring ...

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Jeff Whitehead

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We are sad to announce the death of Jeff Whitehead, poet, karate master, stalwart of Write Out Loud and Bank Street Writers. He died peacefully in the Bolton Hospice on Wednesday evening, 25th February, and will be much missed by all his friends in poetry.

Please note: Family flowers only but the family ask that donations be made to Bolton Hospice

The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Tuesday 3rd March 2009 - 12:45pm
East Lancashire Crematorium (Radcliffe Crematorium)
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Poet's Express

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Here's an early advert for an event in Bantry (Ireland) in July which is being set up and run by Kylyra Ameringer - book your flights now!


11 July at Bantry Boys Club, 7pm to 9.30pm.


It's an evening of performance poetry. Six special guests are scheduled from around Ireland and the UK. Open mic slots will be available. A children's poetry competition will be held.


1. 6 guest poets, 9 open mic slots (5 minutes each) available for anyone to get up and read their own work.

2. a children's poetry c...

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Poet Seeks Collaborators in East Midlands

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Ms J, is a conscious  poet/spoken word performer who is looking to collaborate with performance poets from areas such as, Leicester, Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and neighbouring towns/counties in the East Midlands area.

 With no set agenda, just a creative drive, to make a positive difference to society, to create new works for the midlands community and beyond. For more information please get in contact with  Poetic_intervention@hotmail.co.uk

http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/poeticinterv...

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What I do ...

An iron hand in a velvet glove

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What I Do That's New is a series of articles in which poets share their trade secrets with the rest of us i.e. they describe aspects of what they do that is either innovative or just plain clever.

If you would like to feature in a future article in this series then contact feature editor Dermot Glennon dermot@writeoutloud.net

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My writing began in the shape of a novel. I turned to poetry when I realised I could say many things in a condensed f...

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Public Speaking For Writers Workshop - Manchester

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Commonword invite you to a "Public Speaking For Writers" workshop on 24 February at 19:00.

It will be held at Commonword's offices 6 Mount Street, (entrance via Boootle St).

For further information and to book a place email admin@commonword.org.uk

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Essex Poetry Festival Poetry Competition Results

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The annual Essex Poetry Competition results are now available at http://www.essex-poetry-festival.co.uk/compb.html

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Bog Standard Poetry Contributions Wanted

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A competition has been launched to find poetry which will feature in the toilets of Shetland.

Six poems will be selected every three months to go on display in all leisure centre toilets and at other locations.

The Bards in the Bog competition is open to all ages, and poems may be on any subject.

The only rule is that they must be 12 lines or less in length as the posters need to have large print which can easily be read from a seated position.

Local poet and project judge Je...

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Poetry in Performance Workshop

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The Poetry School presents a workshop run by Wyllie Longmore (pictured) at The Village Hall, 163 Palatine Road, Manchester M20 2GH - Saturday 7 March 2009, 10.00am - 4.00pm - £56 / £37 concs (lunch included). Telephone the poetry school 0207 582 167.

The workshop is aimed at poets who speak their own poetry in public. The day will be divided into three parts: parts one and two will form the morning session and part three the afternoon session.

Part One: General introduction to the subje...

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International Short Story Competition

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Announcing Bank Street Writers International Short Story Competition 2009 for stories of up to 1,500 on any subject, any style. The judge is Gaye Gerrard, well known Lancashire writer, broadcaster and publisher.

 

Cash Prizes: 1st prize,  £75;   2nd,  £50;   3rd,   £25.

 

All winning entries will be published in the internationally circulating "Current Accounts" magazine and will be considered for inclusion in the new “Bolton Anthology”. Some commended entries may also be p...

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Submissions Wanted

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Missfit productions are co-producing missfit Mondays to raise money for a new charity called dys(the)lexi and are looking for submissions. The deadline for submissions is 20 February and they are happy to hear from poets, storytellers, film makers, live artists, playwrights, directors and actors - anyone who would like to get involved.
email missfitmonday@gmail.com or go to www.missfitproductions.org for more information

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Events Cancelled Due To Weather

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We are aware that some events have been cancelled due to the weather even outside of London. So, whatever you do please check with the event organiser or venue before you battle through the snow only to find it's off.

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Flash Fiction/Poetry Wanted

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Cinnamon press are looking for pieces of microfiction, sometimes called short short fiction or flash fiction, and pieces of prose poetry that tell a story in under 600 words. There is no minimum word limit.

Microfiction and prose poetry are very short prose pieces that harness a poetic world but still contain a story with a beginning, middle and end, and imply a lot more than their small structure can contain. They are flashes of something ?" an epiphany, perhaps ?" that often subvert ex...

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Scriptwriting masterclasses with Jimmy McGovern and David Nobbs

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Top scriptwriters, David Nobbs (Reggie Perrin) and “godfather of British drama”, Jimmy McGovern (Cracker, Hillsborough, The Lakes, The Street, etc), will be interviewed live on stage by Write Out Loud's own Julian Jordon at Wigan Words 09 literary festival.

And you can put your own questions to them via this website and Julian promises to include as many of your questions as possible, and pu tht ereplies back up on the site.

There’s also chance to hone your own screenwriting skills in a day...

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Poem of the month

Asylum Seeking Daleks

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This month's poem was chosen by Phil Golding who says of it, "The poem describes how the press helps create labels, division and stereotypes as barriers in a society that tries and wants to work together regardless of; sexual orientation, disability, race, gender, colour or creed". Find out more about Attila and his work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/attilathestockbroker

Asylum Seeking Daleks

They claim their planet’s dying
that soon it’s going to blow
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StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival 2009

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  An article by Eleanor Livingstone (StAnza)


                                   Elvis McGonagall

“StAnza - "one of the most dynamic poetry festivals anywhere in the world!”


It wasn’t us who said this, but we certainly wouldn’t argue with it. StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival takes place next month, 18 - 22 March. For five packed days in the ancient university town of St Andrews festival-goers enjoy a choice of more than 70 events in exciting and atmospheric venues rang...

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Blood and Glitter In Liverpool

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NWDAF & Dadafest in association with the Unity Theatre present:
BLOOD AND GLITTER!
Gory Gory Alleluia!  It’s Rosie Lugosi  - for one night only!
The Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place
Liverpool, L1 9BG
Tuesday 10th February 2009, 8pm.Tickets £8 / £5 concessions
'Greetings Mortals... I do hope you're all sitting uncomfortably.'
Lock up your daughters, hold on to your hats and keep your hand on your jewels… prepare yourself for the Vampire Queen, Rosie Lugosi, bitch goddess top femme dominatrix from Hel...

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Sunday Brunch Jazz Poetry with Michael Horovitz

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Sunday 8 February | £10
Enjoy a relaxed Sunday Brunch in the Ivy House Café,
followed by dazzling performances of Jazz, Poetry, and Jazz Poetry
 from two masters who have been enrapturing audiences since 1960:
The Godfather of British Jazz, Stan Tracey, and
poetry legend Michael Horovitz -
described as the Last Handshake to the Beat Poets.
Brunch available in Ivy House Café: 11.00am-12.30pm
Performance: 12.30pm-2.30pm
Everyone Welcome!
Tickets call 020 8457 5000 or visit www.ljcc.org.uk
Venue: Ivy House...

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Free Ebook

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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008. In his Nobel Lecture he considers the role of the writer, and borrows the title of his speech from Swedish writer Stig Dagerman who presents a writers paradox: all he wanted was to write for those who are hungry but discovers that is only those who have plenty to eat who have the leisure to take notice of his existence.

In the Forest of Paradoxes is a heartfelt meditation on the genuine power of storytelling and how ...

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Lemn Sissay at Lyric Hammersmith

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Playwright, performer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay is at Lyric Hammersmith from 22 Jan ?" 14 Feb with Why I Don’t Hate White People.


Lemn’s story is one that spans time and the globe as he recounts his journey of discovery to unearth the truth about himself. From his childhood in a Lancashire village to his adult years searching for his living relatives,


Lemn’s life-changing experiences have resulted in some very funny and unique theories on how he can help to improve race relations!

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The Palace of Oblivion, by Peter Davidson

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‘Lady of cultured pearls, fictitious skies, real shit:’
So goes the opening line of the first of a suite of poems, The Palace of Oblivion, which lends this collection its title. It’s a lofty conceit invoked by a contradictory, bathetic statement, but by introducing the collection in this way, Peter Davidson draws attention to the artifice of his poems and demonstrates a simultaneous awareness of reader expectations and the spectre of sincerity. These aren’t always wholly serious poems, no...

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Phoenix FM Seeks Calderdale Writers!

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Writers are wanted, as guests, for the Wednesday afternoon (2-4pm) Tea For Two show, presented by Sally Woods.  Sally works for Calderdale Libraries and has a keen interest in creative writing. 

Writers should be based in or near Calderdale, or whose work has some bearing on Calderdale.  Please get in touch if you are willing, and feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might be interested. The Radio station are keen to hear from writers of poetry or prose - or, for this and othe...

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Calling Wolverhampton

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Please note that the popular "Open Words....Open Verse...Open mic" event, run by Tony Stringfellow (pictured), is moving from its regular last Thursday of the month slot to last Wednesday of the month from January.

So the next event is on Wednesday 28th January at 7.30pm at the usual venue Light House Lock Works - full details in the gig guide.

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Boost for Wales’ young writers

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In October 2008, Academi was awarded a Beacon Company Award by the Arts Council of Wales which secured funding for the development of the Young People’s Writing Squads – a programme already well established across Wales. The Young People’s Writing Squads have been developed over the past decade by Academi in association with the local authorities in Wales. The squads aim to locate gifted writers in each authority region and introduce them to some of Wales’ leading writers and teac...

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Creative Writing Tutor Vacancy - Warrington

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Urgently required - person with knowledge of creative writing techniques who can convert that knowledge into fun exercises for children aged 10/ 11 years old for an hour a week for ten weeks. Must have good grammar and spelling.

Location: BeamontJuniorSchool, Warrington

Time: 3.15 - 4.15pm every Thursday

10 sessions at £25 per session = total fee of £250.

Applicants must have current CRB certificate.

Contact: Stef Portersmith in the first instance, email s.portersmith@talktalk.n...

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Submissions Wanted - US Ezine

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Stone's Throw is a quarterly online literary magazine based in Montana. The ezine features poetry, fiction and art from around the world and they're asking for submissions for a new feature called "Scenes from Daily Life," where people talk about their lives in other countries. Photo by Sharareh Malek Mohammadi

www.stonesthrowmagazine.com  email: stonesthrowmagazine@gmail.com

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Submissions Wanted

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Submissions Sought for London Poetry Pearl.
To celebrate the 5th year of London Poetry Festival 2009 they are publishing this poetry anthology in August (to be launched at the 5th Festival) 2009.

Submissions are open as of January 12, 2009 and will continue to be accepted up to 12th of July 2009. Send to lpp@londonpoetryfestival.com with subject line: London Poetry Pearl Submissions with five poems with the following adhered to:

1. With your full, real and legal name, full postal address, home and ...

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Winter Wonderland Words, Warwick

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Winter Wonderland of Words on Tuesday 20 January at 7.30pm in Kozi Bar, Market Place, Warwick.
 
The evening will be hosted by Julie Boden and Michael Wyndham Thomas who will be joined by Warwick Poet Laureate, Cathy Whittaker plus past Laureates including; Jane Holland, Helen Yendall, Brenda Tai Layton and Fergus Durrant.  Music poetry, open mike and mulled wine.  Tickets £5.00 each.

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About Everything...

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Philip Davenport's new poetry book about everything will be launched on Friday 30 January 7-9pm at the Chinese Art Centre 7 Thomas Street Market Buildings, Manchester, M4 1EU. Refreshments will be served. The book will be on sale on the night for a special preview price of £9.99

 

about everything is an elegy for potentates and mass-production, it was constructed from a yearsworth of newspapers, reordered and reshaped. The names of ancient dictators - high-ranking officials from Rome, Ru...

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National Poet of Wales Salutes Obama

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Academi, the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency, has posted a special letter to President Elect Barack Obama containing poems by the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, and Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Laureate), Ifor ap Glyn.

 

The two poems are sent to mark the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday 20 January. Barack Obama will be the first African American to hold this office. Gillian Clarke, of Talgarreg, Ceredigion, was...

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US Soldier-Poet In Manchester

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The award-winning US poet and Iraq War veteran Brian Turner will be the special guest of Manchester's Poets and Players (www,poetsandplayers.co.uk) in a free reading at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, M15 6ER.at 2.30 pm on Saturday, March 21st.
 
Brian Turner will also lead a Poetry School workshop on The Poetry of Witness on Sunday, March 22nd from 10 am - 4pm at The Tai Chi Village Hall, 163 Palatine Road, Manchester M20 2GH. £56 (£37 concs) including lunch. To book: 0207 ...

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Job: Poet in Residence, The Wordsworth Trust

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Closes Fri 23 Jan 2009 Paid (£10k-15k) Full time

The Wordsworth Trust is seeking to appoint a new Poet in Residence, to run from May 2009 to April 2010. This residency offers an invaluable opportunity for a published poet, from any cultural background and writing within any literary tradition, to spend time in Grasmere, Cumbria, in the heart of the Lake District, an area of outstanding natural beauty that so much inspired William Wordsworth. The poet will be given space t...

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More Poetry Competitions

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Writer's Forum "Pick your own prize" competition. Closing date 28th February 2009
www.writers-forum.co.uk/competition/pypcomp.htm

THE GRACE DIEU WRITERS CIRCLE is running a competition for poems on any subject up to 40 lines. Closing date: 28 February 2008. Information: www.gracedieuwriterscircle.co.uk/

THE BUXTON POETRY COMPETITION was launched in October by the University of Derby and Buxton Festival. Poems should be inspired by, or feature, stone. Closing date: 1 April 2009. See: www.derb...

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Fresh Poetry from Modern Art

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Six week course by award-winning poet Pascale Petit in Tate Modern, London.

Mondays 16 February 2009 – 23 March 2009, 18.45–20.15
 
Starting in Rodchenko & Popova then working in the Roni Horn: A.K.A. Roni Horn exhibition, this six-week course invites you to write new poetry from groundbreaking art. Creative writing exercises will be offered to respond to the innovative works and free the imagination, enabling you to extend your own boundaries and create surprising poems every session...

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Left your heart in Manchester?

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Rainy City Stories wants your love. They also want your love stories and poems. In honour of Valentine’s Day, they’re offering a wonderful prize for the best Rainy City Love Story received in the next month. 

Whether you're an old romantic or a cynic, you’re invited to tell us your tales (real or imagined) of falling in, out, or over love in our city. But don’t restrict yourselves to traditional romances; interpret “love story” in its widest sense. The winning submission could be ab...

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Frogmore 2009 Poetry Prize

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Sponsored by the Frogmore Press

See www.frogmorepress.co.uk for full details

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2009 will win two hundred guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year's subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Previous winners of the Prize have been David Satherley...

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The MAG Poetry Prize 2009

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The MAG Poetry Prize 2009 is open for entries.

 

This is a fundraiser for MAG (Mines Advisory Group) - a neutral and impartial humanitarian organisation that clears the remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide.

 

It is a unique open online poetry competition judged by the entrants themselves. It’s a knockout system in three rounds.

 

Prize fund accumulates @£2.00 per entry (up to £10,000 maximum).

 

Closing Date: 30th April 2009

 

To find out m...

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Calling All Weirdos!

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Calling all weirdos and yes, that means you!

'I can't figure out if you're a detective or a pervert.'

Seeking poems that explore the twisted world of David Lynch's Blue Velvet for The Private Press's next chapbook anthology.

Deadline: 28 February 2009. Payment: One copy of the chapbook.

Visit http://zoo.f2s.com/privatepress/callforpoems.html

Poems accepted via online contribution form ONLY.

Poet Tim Thorne describes The Private Press's chapbooks as "stylishly produced" in his review, published in Fa...

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Flarestack Poets Pamphlet Competition

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Flarestack Poets Pamphlet Competition is for collections of 20 ?" 30 pages of poems. 2 equal prizes of publication and £250; also anthology of best single poems. Entries £18. Judges: Meredith Andrea and Jacqui Rowe. Winners receive 20 copies of their pamphlet plus invitation to read at Flarestack Poets launch. Closing date: 28 February 2009.  For further details go to www.flarestackpoets.co.uk  If you have any queries contact Jacqi Rowe jacquirowe@hotmail.co.uk

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Envoi open poetry competition

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Envoi open poetry competition – next deadline: February 20 th 2008. Single poem: £3 or 5 poems for £12 to ‘cinnamon press’ Poet’s details on a separate sheet. Editor: Jan Fortune-Wood, Meirion House, Glan yr afon, Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3SU. See www.envoipoetry.com

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Flash Fiction Wanted

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Flash, the international short-short story magazine is seeking contributions.

Short stories of up to 360 words (including title).

For submission & subscription details visit:  http://www.chester.ac.uk/flash.magazine/index.html

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Poem of the month

Richer, tomorrow

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This month's poem was chosen by Sean Kavanagh who says of it, "It's a wonderful evocation of the devastation of chronic disease, and how writing verse can help you to overcome it."

Find out more about Phil and his work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/philgolding

Richer, tomorrow

For that richer tomorrow
I had only planned it yesterday
There, it lies, fragmented
Desolate in the hallway of my mind
That blue print, MY blue print
Ground into the carpets weave
As if 'worked over' by an indu...

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