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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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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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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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