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Reflections from Mirror City

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Tongue in Chic, Milton Keynes’ regular open-mic poetry event, will be hosting an anthology launch at the Central Library in Milton Keynes, on Saturday, 12th June.

Tongue in Chic is a voluntary community poetry and spoken word initiative, which aims to provide a showcase for local writers, as well as bringing in professional guest poets. In ‘Reflections from Mirror City’, a new poetry collection which features the best of the current scene in Milton Keynes, it carries forward this same eth...

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The Pint-sized Play Wot You Wrote

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Do you have aspirations to be the Shakespeare of the 21st Century? ... or maybe even the next Ernie Wise? Well – here’s your chance, because the 2010 Pint-sized Plays Competition is waiting for your masterpiece.

Now in its third year, the Pint-sized Play Competition is looking for ten winners, whose plays will all be performed in Pembrokeshire pubs, from September onwards. All of the entries will be judged by theatre director Phil Clark, and the winning ten will not only be performed, but...

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The Beverley Festival

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This year’s Beverley Festival runs during the weekend of 18th – 20th June, and will bring together a top class list of musical artists, together with some of the top names from the world of the written word and poetry.

Poets at the festival will include York poet, comedian and singer – Rory Motion; award winning Yorkshire poet – Helen Burke, who will be presenting her show ‘Some day we’ll Look back and laugh’, ahead of its appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; and Mike Cain, a sing...

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Drama and Memoirs in Spain

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In the Write Light are hosting creative writing workshops this July and September, that will not only help improve your writing skills, but also be memorable events in themselves.

Best selling Irish writers, Mia Gallagher and Nell McCafferty, will be running the five day workshops in Tarifa, on southern Spain’s Costa de Luz, where the focus will constantly be on providing a relaxed atmosphere for the writer. Each participant will receive a full body massage upon arrival; the fridge will b...

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Poetry Ace

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Wimbledon and The Poetry Trust have announced the first ever ‘Championships Poet’.

Throughout Wimbledon fortnight (21st June – 4th July), poet Matt Harvey will create a poem a day on all things Wimbledon, tour the airwaves and deliver impromptu live performances to the famous Wimbledon queue.

All of Matt’s whimsical, perceptive, behind-the-scenes poems will be available to view online, and also as audio podcasts featuring Matt reading his latest verses and sharing his observations, vi...

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The 2010 Book & Pamphlet Competition

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The Poetry Business is now inviting entries for its 24th Book & Pamphlet Competition, to be judged by award winning poet Simon Armitage. And, thanks to sponsorship from the National Association for Writers in Education, the prize this year totals £2000.

Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20-24 pages of poems for the chance to win a share of the prize money; three first stage winners will receive pamphlet publication and an overall winner will have their book published by Smith...

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The Heart and the Subsidiary

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If you missed Fatima Al Matar’s ‘First Prize’ –winning performance at last month’s slam in Wigan, then here is a chance to catch up with her work.

She has now launched her poetry collection ‘The Heart and the Subsidiary’  -  available now to buy on Amazon, or to reserve at your local library.

This new and original collection reflects on motherhood, love, loss and abuse, beautifully interpreting the heart’s journey through the many different relationships and experiences in a woman’s l...

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Yeovil Literary Prize

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For the seventh year running the Yeovil Literary Prize hopes to attract entries from all across the globe, but if you want to enter – you’ll have to be quick as the closing date is Monday, 31st May.

You can enter in any one of three categories – Novel, Short Story, or Poems – each of which has a large cash prize, with an extra prize being awarded to one winner from Somerset or Dorset.

The Poetry category offers a 1st prize of £500, a 2nd of £200, and a 3rd of £100 for a poem of up to ...

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The Manchester Poetry Prize 2010

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Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching the second Manchester Poetry Prize; a major international literary competition that has a first prize of £10,000 to be awarded to the best portfolio of poetry submitted.

In addition to the main prize, a bursary for study at MMU will be awarded to one entrant aged 18-25, as part of the Young Writer of the Year Award.

The prizes will be awarded at a gala...

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Words @ Frome Festival July

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'Words' is an important part of the Frome Festival which takes place 9-18th July.

A tantalising array of literary events and activities on offer for this 10th anniversary year, combining well-known names with a showcase of local talent.  The theme is creative diversity, and you’ll find a scintillating mix of workshops, performances, talks, walks, and contests to entertain, inform, and inspire you.

One of the highlights will be an 'Arab evening' of words, music and delectable eastern d...

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Poets in 'Place'

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Poets from the Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza will take to the stage at Molly’s Café, on Moor Lane in Clitheroe, on Thursday, 20th May.

The event called ‘Place’ is part of the Ribble Valley MayFest 2010, and has a community and nature theme. Readers will include writer and editor, Jo Harding (Clitheroe Books), and the extensively published Phil Burton, a.k.a. Pip the Poet, who visits schools and libraries throughout the U.K., providing performances and workshops.

The readings will s...

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Writing Weekend in Wales -mid-May

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14th-16th May: Ceridwen, Drefach Felindre, Carmarthenshire, SA44 5XE. A few places are available, either residential or non-residential, on this fun, stimulating, encouraging writing weekend with two dynamic and inspirational tutors, Marcus Moore and Sara-Jane Arbury.

The course is suitable for all levels of writing experience. Last minute deal rate of £150 for single room occupancy and £140 for couples/friends happy to share a room! Price includes tuition, meals, snacks, tea and coffee....

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The Bards - Cancelled

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A serious fire at The Magazine pub in New Brighton, has forced The Bards poetry group to cancel their regular open-mic evening on Monday, 10th May. And, because of the length of time the repairs are likely to take, June and July’s events have had to be cancelled too.

Established three-and-a-half years ago, The Bards group prides itself on never having cancelled a night, but unable to find another suitable venue at short notice, founder Steve Regan has had to announce a summer break.

T...

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Is there a Novelist in the House?

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Crocus Books in association with Manchester Literature Festival present Is there a novelist in the house?  If you’re a previously unpublished rising star and have written, or want to write, that all important first chapter to a novel that will take the world by storm, Is there a novelist in the house? seeks to put the spotlight on you.

The competition is open for writers who live or work in the North of England.  The winner with the best first chapter and pitch will get £250 and their own...

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Horoscopes

Here we go stark raving nuts in May

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 Well, what a month May is shaping up to be for cellestial phenomena that might affect your future by mechanisms that might be real and in ways that have a finite probability that they might occur.  Perhaps the most spectacular is the fact that throughout this month Saturn is progressing around the Sun in an orbital motion that will take a full year in Saturn terms to complete.  Due to this fact or otherwise, expect symptoms ranging from being all of a fluster to not being any of a fluster an...

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Dear Dermot.

May the Second be with you

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Welcome one Welcome all to the Editorial and Letters page of the May Edition of Write Out Rageous (the thinking man's magazine crumpet section of Write Out Loud).

You may (no pun intended) notice a slight difference to the way the Features section is released this month.  We are trying out a new rolling ezine approach, whereby the May Edition is rolled out a few sections at a time to give you time to digest one set of features before the next wave hits.  This approach has come about large...

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More from Write Out Loud's May Magazine!

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This month we are trying something different with more articles being added throughout the month - so keep coming back – you don’t want to miss anything!

http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/features.php

We've added more stuff to the magazine:

Your May horoscopes Separate the twins if you can This month's Cryptic puzzle poem
Jackie's latest workshop
And we ask you for you performance tips

The above is in addition to earlier magazine entries:

Poetry ...

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Twins?

Bernard Bresslaw's Post un-PC Carry On Characters Lament

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This month’s mixed identities and poetic words from the laboratory of Dr Van Kinston are –

 

Ask me no more: the moon may draw the sea.

I have a black look I do not like.

It is a mask I try on.

Ask me no more, what answer should I give?

There is a good look that I wear
like a blood clot.

Ask me no more, thy fate and mine are sealed.

Oh the blackness is murderous
and the milk tip is brimming.

Ask me no more.

 

Sen...

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Workshop exercise of the month

Catch Last Orders in the Poet's Head

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This month's exercise has been inspired by an extended period of drunkenness that was held as a mark of respect for the editor's birthday towards the end of last month...

 

Write down 5 nouns
Write down 5 more.
 
Now choose one from the first list and one from the second to create your own pub-sounding name (like...the ape and apple, the dog and duck, the haircut and biscuit, etc)
 
Now write a poem (including some subtle internal rhyme) describing the pub, it's regulars, it...

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Cryptic Poem

Cryptic Poem 005: Advice to Young Atheists Attending Church Social Functions

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Okay, folks. Another easy one for you on a playful Christian V Atheist theme, if such a thing is possible. The rhymes are very silly, and the rhyme scheme is AABB, CCDD, EEEE, FFFF.

 

If you bicker with the vicar

Then your evening might go -------,

But being beastly to the --------

Will not help your cause the leastly.

 

You can castigate the ------

And the tea-dance may pass faster,

But despite your verbal ------

You’ll find that faith and sense don’t ...

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Picture this

That's what I call creative!

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Here are six more photos to make some sort of creative reaction too... whether it's a poem, flash fiction, short sentence, a short story, six words describing each image, a poem, screenplay, or if you've got the time, use all the pictures in the Picture this series to create a novel the easy way!

Whatever, write something and put it in Comments box below this article to share with the world.

The rules are:
Whatever you want them to be!!

You can use just one photo or them all!

The ...

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Review

Holding On and Looking Out by David C Johnson

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This latest collection of poems from Bristol poet and spoken word performer David C Johnson made me slightly apprehensive at first as it is recommended by the author that they are to be ‘read in bed and shared aloud’. Problem.  In my case reading the poems aloud alone in bed might be construed as either very sad or slightly mad or both. But that’s just me ... oh and the neighbours.  However, I needn’t have worried. David’s lyrical collection can be read in the bath, alone and silently.  Effec...

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Sympathetic Sybil

Dress to impress

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Sympathetic Sybil is Write Out Loud's own Agony Aunt...
 

Dear Sympathetic Sybil,

I’m new to performance poetry and am considering going to an open mic nights to make my début. I’ve read those Chris Dawson articles, digested your poetics advice & done the exercises and so feel confident about all that but what does one wear to these occasions?

I’m terrified of being over or under dressed so please dear aunt tell me what to wear or even better what not to wear.  

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Wafts

General Election

Wafts is a Beachcomber type column where you can expect the unexpected...

MY PREDICTIONS FOR WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF ANYONE WINS THE GENERAL ELECTION

 

HAPPY VOTING!

 

 

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The Poets’ Corner of Canada: Fredericton, New Brunswick

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April is National Poetry Month in Canada.


The first weekend of April 2010, I “particpoeted” in a group poetry reading and launch of a new Fredericton book publisher and their trilingual chapbook Fredericton Green–verte (Side-by-Side Editions / Éditions Côte-à-Côte) on the Fredericton Walking Bridge alongside Herménégilde Chiasson (Acadien poet, painter, printmaker, filmmaker and former Lieutenant Governor of the Province of New Brunswick), Jo-Anne Elder (writer, translator—three time...

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Poets Express in West Cork, Ireland

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I’d love to say Poets Express was an idea born from mimicking other poetry nights and festivals in West Cork. You’d think it would be; after all Ireland, especially the West Cork area, is well known for its resident artists, authors, and poets.


That’s just not the case.


As my friends and guests who’ve visited this area can tell you, it’s quite rural. It’s so rural I post notices on social networks about talking to sheep. People think I’m joking – but I’m not. Once you head w...

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Poem of the month

Beautiful Girl

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This month's poem was chosen by Sophie Hall, Last months winner.

Sophie says of it, "It's my favourite type of poetry, comic, with Ogden Nash style rhyming."

Find out more about Mab and her poetry at http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/mabjones

 

Beautiful Girl

(for Ogden Nash)

People supposes that under her clotheses
This beautiful girl has a body like Venus

What no-one knows is that under her clotheses
This beautiful girl has a very large penis

They look at her ...

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News

Poet in Residence Wanted for Ilkley Festival

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Ilkley Literature Festival, the North’s most dynamic literary festival, is seeking a Poet in Residence for the 2010 Festival in October.

The residency is an opportunity for a poet based in, or with very strong connection to, Yorkshire and the North of England, to:

 •     be part of the North’s leading literature Festival, using it as a springboard to profile their work

•     encourage a wide range of people to share their passion for poetry through workshops, readings and discussions

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Hammer and Tongue, UK Slam Final!

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On Monday 3rd May, eight previous slam winners go head to head in a three round contest of spoken word to win a place in the UK National Slam. With judges picked from the crowd and audience feedback positively encouraged it promises to be not only a showcase of the immense variety of London talent but also a friendly-rowdy-shout-yourself-hoarse night of high-quality entertainment. Hosted by Angry Sam and Sophia Blackwell and featuring a guest set from current Hammer and Tongue UK Slam cham...

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Bristol Spring Poetry Festival

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The first ever Bristol Spring Poetry Festival aims to bring together the most entertaining and inspirationalaward-winning poets and performers from Bristol, the South-West, and the rest of the world, in a spring bank holiday spectacular.

The festival runs from Thursday, 29th April until Sunday, 2nd May, and with so many wonderful events to choose from, it is advisable to book before they all sell out. The first evening, with Benjamin Zepheniah and Francesca Beard, has already sold out, bu...

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Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival

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Today sees the start of the annual literary festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. Running until Monday, 3rd May, this year’s festival promises a feast of author events, workshops, exhibitions, discussions, and events especially designed for children and young people.

Highlights include An Evening with Jack Dee, afternoon tea with Wendy Cope, and a panel discussion with Jonathan Miller C.B.E. and Charles Dance O.B.E., sadly the tickets for An Evening with Felix Denis are all sold out.

Throu...

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Litro and IGGY Competition

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Litro Magazine, along with IGGY, is launching its first short story competition, and the winner will receive a grand prize of £2,500.

Litro is a free monthly literary magazine that publishes, new and original short fiction, distributing 100,000 copies around the U.K. every month, in libraries, underground stations, galleries, bars, and cafés, as well as online; and IGGY is an international network of the brightest and most creative young people aged 11-19.

You can write your story in ...

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This Saturday: Write to Speak presents ....

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Would you like to take part in a bold poetry initiative to help capture the voice of Hull, and maybe perform your work at Hull Truck?

Write to speak presents ‘They f**k you up...’ - an ambitious poetry experiment designed to capture the voice of Hull. Taking place over two nights, July 2nd & 3rd, at the Studio space at Hull Truck Theatre, and will feature poets from around Hull performing their work as part of Larkin 25.

The project will begin with the presentation of a series of work...

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'Page One' - Internet Radio Literature

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Page One is back but the Friday show is now on at 8pm.

On this weeks show includes: Tony Stringfellow interviews 'Purple Patch' king, Geoff Stevens (pictured), there's more of the Ancient Mariner and an interview with Morgan Walton and Lynsey from Forward Press about the Poetry Rivals.

Tune in for essential poetry radio

http://www.wcrfm.com Friday Evenings 8pm & Monday Mornings 9am

If you have a poem or short story that you would like to feature in the show, or if you would l...

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Welsh Poetry Competition

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Thanks to success in the past three years, the fourth international Welsh Poetry Competition has a first prize this year of £300, a second of £150, and a third of £75.

Your poem can be in any style, and on any subject, and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while the competition is running. There is a fee of £3 per poem entered (£4 if you pay by paypal) and you may submit as many poems as you wish, though each must be no more than 50 lines long and written in English. The c...

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Creative Writing Courses with Julian Jordon

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Julian Jordon, professional non-fiction writer, editor, scriptwriter, and performance and slam poet, is running another series of his popular Creative Writing and Scriptwriting courses at Stockport Art Gallery.

The first workshop, this Saturday, 24th April, is ‘Writing Inside Out’ – you will learn how to draw inspiration from your own experience and feelings, and write a short, but powerful piece of your own.

On Saturday, 15th May, in ‘Writing Out Loud’, Julian will teach you how to w...

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Creative Writing Course

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Liverpool poet Tom George is running a 5 week creative writing course from Friday, 23rd April.

Explore the craft of writing in this brand new taster course, which aims to help you to discover new approaches and methods, examine and discuss inspiring texts, and receive expert tips and guidance with your work – whether that is poetry, prose or drama.

It will run every Friday at Blackburne House in Liverpool from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The cost is £25 or £10 if you are on benefits, and place...

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Job Opportunities

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Several jobs have arisen with the Arvon Foundation, the organisation that runs residential creative writing courses.

They are looking for a temporary Centre Manager to cover maternity leave for The Hurst, their centre in Shropshire. The salary is £19,500 pro rata and the closing date is Monday, 26th April.

They are also looking for two new trustees to sit on their Trustee council, one with significant experience of architecture and conservation to also chair the Properties Committee; ...

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Poet-Tree

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The Poet-Tree Forest is an exhibition of art and poetry at the Arc Community Gallery in Stockport, that will run from Monday, 26th April until Friday, 18th June.

Arc is an organisation which is dedicated to working with people who are experiencing emotional or psychological distress. It aims to help people explore the arts, recognise their true potential, and build confidence to achieve goals in all area of their lives. In Arc’s vision of a cohesive society, creativity and well-being go h...

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Wotton-under-Edge Slam

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Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire is looking for poets to take part in a slam at Under the Edge Arts on Saturday, 24th April at 8pm.

The evening will be hosted by Glenn Carmichael and Claire Williamson from the Bristol Poetry Slam. Each poet will perform up to three of their own poems in front of a panel of judges and the audience: All poets will perform in the first round, then six are selected to go into the semi-finals, and finally, two will go in to the final.

To book a place, ...

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PIGBABY

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PIGBABY is a fantastic literary weekend party of poetry, short stories, and literary fun which will take place in the Sussex countryside during the weekend of 1st and 2nd May.

Saturday, 1st May starts with a special poetry masterclass with leading poet and double winner of the T.S. Eliot prize, Don Paterson; and during the day there will be further classes and readings with acclaimed poets including James Brookes, Brendan Cleary, Maria Jastrzębska, Jo Slade, Catherine Smith, and many oth...

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Igniting the Spark

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A new series of Creative Writing workshops begins on Tuesday, 4th May at Dean Clough, in Halifax.

Join Gaia Holmes for a series of weekly writing workshops. The workshops will involve discussions of craft and technique and will include practical and inspiring exercises to generate poetry or prose.

The workshops will run every Tuesday, from 5.30pm to 7 pm, and the cost is £5 per session or £3.50 concessions.

They will be held in room D258, D mill (use entrance opposite the Henry Mo...

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Bath Japanese Arts Festival

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On Wednesday 12th May, the 2010 Bath Japanese Festival starts with a fabulous opening event at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (£3) and continues at various venues in Bath throughout the month.

The launch Party will be packed full of artists, live word, poets, musicians, and others in the creative arts including artists from Japan. So come along and enjoy the evening!

More details of this and the other events can be found at the web site https://sites.google.com/sit...

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MAG Poetry Competition 2010 - Deadline Approaches!

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The MAG Poetry Prize is more than a writing competition – it’s a poetic e-democracy!

A genuinely anonymous peer review system is what sets this competition apart from all others – there are no appointed judges, the entrants judge the competition themselves. It’s a knockout system in three rounds: In each round the entrants read 12 poems, so that in the first round each poem is read 11 times, in the second round each will be read 39 times, and in the last round everyone reads the final sho...

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'Making Poetry' Workshop Programme 2010

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A brand new programme of poetry workshops begins this weekend in Birmingham city centre.

All workshops take place at the Shakespeare Memorial in Birmingham city centre, and run from 1.30 – 4.30 pm. The cost is £18 per workshop (£15 concessions), with a 10% discount for 5 workshops when booked together (or 20% for 7 or more), and a further 10% discount on any workshop booked before 16th April.

A full year’s worth of workshops are detailed below:

17th April – Getting it Out There

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Fatima Wins Wigan 2010 Slam

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A packed Tudor House witnessed an evening of simply excellent slam poetry last Thursday in a memorable competition.

The standard was so high that the judges reported that they had great difficulty in determining the points they should award and, eventually, it was a very close run contest.

In fourth place was Gus Jonsson who was so excited about getting through after a battling first half performance, he couldn’t find the poems he was supposed to read.

In third place was last year...

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Liverpool Creative Writing Course

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Poet, Tom George, is running a 5-week creative writing course from 23rd April.

It will run every Friday at Blackburne House, Liverpool from 9.30AM to 12.30PM.

    * Explore the craft of Writing
    * Examine & discuss inspiring texts
    * Discover new methods and approaches
    * Expert guidance for poetry, prose and/or drama

Fees are £25 or £10 if you're on benefits.

Places are limited!
To book, phone Blackburne House on 0800 587 7672


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The 2010 Poetry Society Stanza Poetry Competition

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To enter this competition you must be a member of the Poetry Society and a member of a Poetry Stanza on the closing date – Friday, 10th September, 2010.

The theme for the 2010 competition is ‘Elsewhere’, under 40 lines long, and you may submit no more than two poems per person. The winner will be published in Poetry News and also receives a free Poetry Prescription or a year’s Poetry Society Membership. Two runners-up will be published on the Poetry Society’s website and will be featured ...

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The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2010

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If you are between 11 and 17 years of age you might like to enter the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award.

Now in its 13th year, the FYP award is now firmly established as the key award for young writers. Each year 100 winners (15 overall winners and 85 commendations) are selected by a team of high profile judges – this year to include acclaimed poet Jane Draycott, and young poet and short story writer, Luke Kennard – to receive their awards at a prize-giving event on National Poetry Day.

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New Venue for Poetica

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Poetica – the Manchester based, mutual support group for work in progress, are having a change of location and a new start time.

They will still be meeting every fortnight on Wednesdays but from now on they’ll be meeting at Café Couture/Muse – which is adjoined to Manchester Museum on Oxford Road. It will run from 6.15 – 8pm, entry is free, and it is for beginners and experienced poets like. Newcomers are especially welcome – just bring a poem!

More details can be found on the gig gui...

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Carol Ann Duffy and Friends

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In association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Manchester Writing School at MMU will be presenting three special evenings of poetry and music hosted by Poet Laureate – Carol Ann Duffy.

On each of the evenings Carol Ann will be reading from her own work, as well as presenting some of the best of the country’s new emerging talent – among them students and graduates of the Manchester Writing School. Each evening will also feature a guest appearance from a poet of national stature.

O...

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Returning aftershave and other tales

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This Trippin' article is a picture-story from Jason Richardson. Jason runs The Wirral Ode Show.

The ode show meets at the Stork Hotel,Price St. Birkenhead on the Third Thursday of the month. 8.30pm start

For more info on Wirral Poets contact Jason jasonrichards69@hotmail.com

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Returning aftershave and other tales

 


So i decided to take back some aftershave i got for my birthday ,,it was too ...

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Poetry by the Corrib

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After thirty-two years living in Galway city, all of which were involved with writing in one way or another, one has the oddest feeling that one has 'reared' most of the writers who now inhabit it.

There was nothing when I came here first: I typed and stapled a broadsheet of local poetry which I sold from pub to pub and we'd started up a Galway Writers' Workshop. But there was none at all of the mad and maddening ambition-powered 'scene' that has sprung up in the past few years. It's abo...

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Poem of the month

Music of the Spheres

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Unfortunately we have not been able to contact Constant-Ngozi Ozurumba (last months winner) so this months winner has been picked by the Write Out Loud online team.

You can find out more about Sophie click on http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/sophiehall

Music of the Spheres

You know I hate to say ‘goodnight’
But yet I do with great consistence
The day is gone, I’ve lost the fight
And you’re dissolving in the distance

And so I lie as my eyes close
And drift to twisted reverie
Ob...

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Horoscopes

O, to be in April now that England's here.

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Don't blame it on sunshine, don't blame it on moonlight, don't blame it on good times, just say that saturn was entering capricorn and you saw red and those pedestrians had to be made to pay.  And tell that stupid judge that it was all foretold in the ensuing...

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 19)

                Jupiter lights your professional side.

                while Venus indicates love.

                Mars looks after your wellbeing...

                ... so by the 17th you will be he...

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Poetics

Yeah There's Love if You Want it

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Poetry's Biggest Secret's finally revealed.  One poet dares to speak out but only if he gets to wear a mask.  It's not to conceal his identity, he just derives pleasure from it.  If other poets were to discover the identity of this masked man, they would chain him up and bind his hands and force him into a chest and lock it shut.  He would probably enjoy that too.  His name is Alec Numan, and if you want to know where he lives and at what time he is at home, just write in.

You may remembe...

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Twins?

Stuff the Distance Between Us

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In between evilly cackling I've taken two of the best minds of my generation and improved them by madness; naked hysterical madness (what else?)
 
But just who were these two bright young things before two became one, to paraphrase the spice girls in the absence of anyone more inspirational.  Look at the picture, read the poem and disentangle the poetry personalities:
 

Somewhere on the other side

of this wide night

When their chihuahua got stuffed
and the d...

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Competition

Writing the World

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Cool it Schools – the global online climate change and environmental project for young people, have launched a new poetry competition to celebrate the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

Winning poems will be published on the Natural History Museum’s website and featured in the October edition of Second Nature, the museum’s magazine for young members. Winners will be selected by the poet and novelist, Sue Hubbard, and prizes include beautiful books on biodiversity presented by Dorlin...

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Sympathetic Sybil

Words are soooo yesterday...

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Sympathetic Sybil is Write Out Loud's own Agony Aunt...


Dear Sympathetic Sybil,

I’m finding it increasingly difficult to find words that do justice to the thoughts I’m having and therefore find the poetry I am producing is rubbish and I have to tear poems up and throw them away. Ironically, this action seems to be more satisfying to me and seems to ‘say’ something more concrete than any words can, at least for me. Does this count as performance poetry, or am I going too far?

So, ...

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Review

A to m bombs and a to z gems

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There are many, many more types of poetic expression than the personal lyric.

 

The lyric has become predominant at the present time because of political and ideological factors: we look to the self as the source and sole repository of values; we value personal experience as the only trustable source of knowledge of the world.

The idea and ideal of community has been tugged from beneath us; likewise the ideal of a sense of futurity, of progress, to be replaced by an all-enco...

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Cryptic Poem

Cryptic Poem 004 - The Pen

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Okay folks. Another easy one this month. A straightforward rhyming couplet ‘sonnet’ on a subject close to all our hearts. The metre is uneven but ‘natural’, ie. the rhythm flows quite nicely.  I’ve only taken out each alternate rhyme word so there are just seven clues. Good luck!

 

The Pen

The pen hectors and seduces

Magnifies and -------

It’s a window or a mask

A plaything to take to ----

An instrument of rich catharsis

Excuse for sitting on our -----

It s...

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Opportunities and Courses

Win a Trip of a Lifetime to Reykjavik

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Write Out Loud are pleased to announce our first ever annual poetry competition.  And for this inaugural competition, we have teamed up with Polar Foils Ltd, the foremost aerospace and domestic metalworking company based in Todmorden Lancashire, to offer you what else but an all-inclusive weekend break in Rejkavik, together with a trip to the North Pole itself.

All you have to do is write a poem (max. 20 lines) in the comment box below on this year's theme.  And this year's theme (chosen ...

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Workshop exercise of the month

Go on Google

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Take one pair of Googly eyes (those plastic eyes you get from craft shops, that, if you're such-way inclined may be snuggled down the back of the sofa, lost and looking for love, or at the bottom of a rucksack with the forlorn pennies and forgotten fizzwizz).
 
Obtain one object from the room you're currently in, something that doesn't already have eyes (e.g. mushroom, chair, remote control, cup. Not the cat.) 
 
Attach eyes. (Alternatively, draw some on with a pen, or at worst, imagi...

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Wafts

The World Smiles Upon the Poet

Wafts is a Beachcomber type column where you can expect the unexpected...

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Dear Dermot.

Hadrons and Hustings

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Crikey O'Reilly, is it really that time again?  Well, frankly,no, it's that time for the first time ever due to the consecutive nature of time and the fact that its arrow only ever flies forward due to entropic considerations. And, yes, if I appear to sound a little bit physics today it's probably because I've been considering the purpose of existence; yours in particular. 

I mean, what is it exactly that you do?  Why are you here?  Why not write in and tell me; I could do with a laugh. Y...

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Review

Binalong Time

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Andrew Barton Paterson CBE  1864  -  1941    
Poet, Novelist,  Lawyer, Grazier, Traveller, Journalist,  Editor, War Correspondent,  Soldier, Sportsman and noted Horseman.
 
The eldest of seven children was born February 17th 1864 at Narambla  Station  New South Wales Australia to Rose and Andrew Bogle Paterson.    
He spent most of his childhood on the Station where he came in contact with squatters ,teamsters, drovers, bush rangers and many  a diverse character.  At the age of te...

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Poetry Jam

Death Wish

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This month's Jam has been put together using Ann Foxglove's "Delft" and Tomás Ó Cárthaigh's "Destruction Follows Creation That Follows..."

 

The text of the composite poem will be placed here shortly.

 

If you would like to be featured in a Poetry Jam, send both audio and text of one of your poems to stevegarside@hotmail.com

Please make sure there is no music or other audio in your submission, just a reading of the poem itself. 

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Picture this

Get Creative!

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Here are six more photos to make some sort of creative reaction too... whether it's a poem, flash fiction, short sentence, a short story, six words describing each image, a poem, screenplay, or if you've got the time, use all the pictures in the Picture this series to create a novel the easy way!

Whatever, write something and put it in Comments box below this article to share with the world.

The rules are:
Whatever you want them to be!!

You can use just one photo or them all!

...

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What I do ...

Bare assonance bear-faced chic

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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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Well, I’m sure it’s all actually been done before. So here is something that I like doing with my poetry tha...

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News

Poetry on The Lake - International Competition

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The little town of Orta San Giulio in the Italian Lakes has a special charm for writers and artists seeking inspiration and tranquillity, and they are welcomed there.

The Italian lakes are, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful places on earth, and are visited every summer by tourists from all over the world. But the lake in winter is very different; this is a time for those who appreciate delicate tints and iridescent hues rather than the brilliant light of summer. A time to wander the ...

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News

John Hegley at Express Excess

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Camden’s quickest and most excessive event is back with not one, but two superbly entertaining evenings within the next couple of weeks.

This evening - 31st March, you can see award winning comedy writer and performer Bridgit Christie who is currently touring her hit Edinburgh show ‘My Daily Mail Hell’. Support will be provided by musician and writer Duncan DeMorgan, and philosopher Jonny Blamey with his self-propelled analytic prophecies.

The 14th April’s special guest is Luton word ...

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News

Weasdale Nurseries Poetry Competition

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You probably wouldn’t expect a Cumbrian nursery to be behind a national poetry competition, but that is how Weasdale Nurseries have decided to mark their 60th anniversary; they specialise in hardy trees and shrubs, so appropriately enough, they have decided to celebrate the tree.

The judging panel includes Alston’s shepherd poet – Josephine Dickinson, and Poet-in-Residence at Dove Cottage – Emma Jones.

Writers may enter up to three poems of up to 40 lines, based on the broad theme of ...

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News

One in a Million

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Academi, the Welsh Literature Promotion Agency, welcomed its one millionth audience member at a sell-out event held on Saturday, 20th March.

‘A Meeting of Two Laureates’ was held at the St. David’s Hotel in Cardiff, and had the Poet Laureate – Carol Ann Duffy, and the National Poet of Wales – Gillian Clarke, reading selections from their work and discussing the parallels and differences of their two respective roles. Academi knew that its one millionth member would be one of the attendees...

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News

Poésie sans Frontières

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It’s fair to say that those who frequent Write Out Loud are a pretty diverse group of people; you can log on to WOL and read poetry and blogs, comments and opinions, from all sorts of people, about all sorts of subjects. In fact, WOL’s primary aim is to create and provide opportunities for people to share both their poetry, and their thoughts about poetry, with each other.

The only thing you need to be an active member of WOL is a love of language, the common thread that binds us as a com...

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News

MORE POETRY at MUG HOUSE

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What a wonderful headline! And a great headliner at this popular London venue – more popular thanks to Write out Loud’s listings, according to organisers Ken Champion and Juli Jana.

Julian Stannard is their guest poet, and he’s an award-winning one at that, as well as being a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Winchester

Supported by Melinda Walker and Dave (guitar) Pelling

Monday 19 April  - 7.30 for 8.00

Admission £1 -  Free sandwiches! In London!

Mug Hous...

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News

Buxton Poetry Competition

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The theme for this year’s Buxton Poetry Competition is ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’, and will be judged by Ann and Peter Sansom – directors of The Poetry Business.

Poets are invited to use their imagination to interpret the theme – which could refer to a time, a place, a person, a feeling ... or whatever else you can imagine. Poems should be 40 lines or less, but do not have to be connected to Buxton or any other location or event.

There are three categories: Children’s Poetry – open to ch...

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News

Musicathon Writers Needed

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The ELFM Musicathon ’10 is 24 hours of live, non-stop music and words, that starts at 3pm on Saturday, 1st May. Brought to you by ELFM – The East Leeds Community radio station.

Twenty-four writers are needed – one for each hour of the broadcast, to write a poem or piece relating to that time of the day or night.

There is a meeting about the Musicathon on Tuesday, 23rd March at 5.30pm at the Seacroft Chapel, Old York Road, Seacroft in East Leeds. If you want to be involved but can’t ma...

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News

Mandy Coe in Manchester

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Multi-award winning poet, Mandy Coe will be appearing at The Whitworth Gallery on Oxford Road in Manchester on Saturday, 27th March, as part of Manchester’s Literature Festival.

You may already have heard some of Mandy’s work on BBC radio’s Woman’s Hour or Poetry Please, and she has also been published in the Radio Times, The Guardian, and 101 Poems to Save Your Life (Harper Collins).

Lorraine Mariner, Carole Bromley, and David Borrott will also be reading at this free event which beg...

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News

Bath Japanese Festival 2010

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The festival is taking place from the 12th to 23rd May at various venues throughout Bath and Bristol.

It is a festival aimed at the general public, designed to give people an opportunity to participate and enjoy Japanese inspired and created cultural forms. Over the two weeks there will be workshops in Haiku, Renga, Book making and Origami as well as a host of events.
Events will take place in various locations throughout Bath and will be supported by an internet project organised by Jo Ti...

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News

Bolton Wanderers win FA Cup!

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Well, they did in 1923, and will continue to do so every night until 10th April, at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre.

It’s all thanks to those friends of Write Out Loud, playwrights Les Smith and Martin Thomason, whose award-winning play And Did Those Feet,returns to the Octagon for another dazzling, end-to-end run.

What’s the final score? See Julian’s review for the post-match report: http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=9345

Match sponsor is Bolton University, cr...

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News

Headingley LitFest

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The Headingley LitFest is underway and runs to 27th March 2010. This year's festival has the theme ‘A Sense of Place’.  Headingley is a suburb of Leeds in West Yorkshire with many literary connections, and there will be LitFest events all over the borough.

The headline artist is controversial Yorkshire novelist David Peace, who will be focusing on his recent novel ‘Occupied City’ – the second installment of his Tokyo trilogy; and on ‘GB84’ his fictionalized account of the Miners’ Strike –...

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News

Addition and Update to Magazine

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There's a new Trippin' article in the Features section and 'Picture this' has been updated with revised pictures.

Lynda Berry paints a picture of January's 'Tongues & Groove' event in Southsea, Hants in Trippin', compare it to the events you go to! Whilst Fiona has decided to change the photographs for this months 'Picture this' and invites your contributions.

http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/features.php?year=2010&month=3&tag=

 

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Trippin'

Tongues and Grooves 31st January 2010

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On the last Sunday of every month, there is a pleasant surprise to be had at the
Florence Arms, Southsea Hants. Tongues and Grooves has been in residence since 2003, and welcomes a wide range of poets and performers, from artists of local origin to those of international reputation. Maggie Sawkins (pictured below), the author of 'Zig Zag Woman', is co-founder, organiser and one of the hosts of Tongues and Grooves.



Sawkins presents the performers with a gentleness and humour th...

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News

Writing Squad Recruitment

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The Writing Squad is looking for fifteen motivated writers, aged between 16 and 20, who are from, live, work, or study in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

The Squad is not a formal course, they’re nothing like a school, but nevertheless, some of their graduates have built careers as poets and prose writers, playwrights and screenwriters, performers and lyricists.

There are four Squad days a year, usually held in Sheffield, where you will learn with professional writers. In additio...

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Picture this

Take Two...

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OK so you didn't like the first six! So here are six more photos to make some sort of creative reaction too... whether it's a poem, flash fiction, short sentence, a short story, six words describing each image, a poem, screenplay, or if you've got the time, use all the pictures in the Picture this series to create a novel the easy way!

Whatever, write something and put it in Comments box below this article to share with the world.

The rules are:
Whatever you want them to be!!
Yo...

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News

Welcome Home Curly Wurly

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When the BBC asked Bristol performance poet David Johnson to write a poem at very short notice indeed, he was delighted to be able to do so, because the poem is to honour the return home to Bath of Olympic Gold medal winner, Amy Williams.

Just a fortnight ago, 27-year old Amy, known as Curly Wurly because of her frizzy hair, took a mere 54 seconds to secure a Gold medal for Great Britain in the bob skeleton event at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She is the first Briton to win an indiv...

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News

Writing the World

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Cool it Schools – the global online climate change and environmental project for young people, have launched a new poetry competition to celebrate the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

Winning poems will be published on the Natural History Museum’s website and featured in the October edition of Second Nature, the museum’s magazine for young members. Winners will be selected by the poet and novelist, Sue Hubbard, and prizes include beautiful books on biodiversity presented by Dorlin...

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News

Migration Stories

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Crocus Books are launching ‘Migration Stories’ in Manchester on Thursday, 11th March.

‘Migration Stories’ gives fictional, and fictionalised, voice to U.K. migrants, from both the recent and more distant past.

Poet, Anne Caldwell, describes the book as “A fantastic collection of short fiction that gets right under the skin of the experience and what it means for individuals.”

While Professor David Morley of the University of Warwick describes it as; “A fascinatingly readable, yet ...

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News

States of Independence

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Independent presses and publishers from across the East Midlands, together with many writers from the region, will be at the Clephan Building at De Montfort University, Leicester, on Saturday, 20th March, for an independent press day.

‘States of Independence’ will be a full day – 10.30 am to 4.30 pm - of workshops, readings and book launches, as well as stalls from dozens of independent publishers, that is open to all and free of charge.

Forty writers, mostly from the East Midlands re...

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Cryptic Poem

Cryptic Poem 003: Dirty Limericks

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Nice easy ones this month. I am sure you are all well aware of the rhythms and conventions of the limerick. Simply solve the clues using logic, rhythm, rhyme and a dirty mind, and you will have yourself a scatological little verse to recite with the kids. Or maybe not.

 

 

A ------ collector from ---

 

------- the end of himself in a -------

 

Now he ---- help but -----

 

----- --------- the splints

 

That ----- him to ------- freely

 

 

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Dear Dermot.

Dear Dermot

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Well, here we all are again in the letters page of the March Edition of Write Out Side Now Car Park Fight, the friendly low fat magazine of Write Out Loud and what a month it's not yet been. St Patrick's day hasn't yet passed off quietly without incident and a number of issues in the poetry world are yet to present themselves.

One issue that will, we confidently predict, arise around the fourth half of the month is that of whether or not the um bongo adverts (whilst undoubtedly poetic) we...

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Poetry Jam

If I was rearranging the dictionary I'd put you and I in the caress of barbed wire

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The Poetry Jam is an original idea by Steve Garside.  Send your audio poems together with the text of the poem (word format or rtf) to stevegarside@hotmail.com

Just so that you can sing along, here is the text of this month's Jam:

A ripened blue plumb
splitting in my skin
the caress of barbed wire
for a while causes pain
but a ripened blue plumb

keeps the beast in the field
so it can remain

adhering to your face

from a distance
where none can harm it
while dr...

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News

100 Stories for Haiti

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Over 100 authors and editors have helped compile a unique collection of stories which will be released as an e-book and paperback this Thursday, 4th March, the proceeds of which will go to helping the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Author Greg McQueen had the inspired idea of helping in this way when he felt he had to do something after repeatedly seeing news reports about the tragedy. Within hours of posting his idea on the micro-blogging website, Twitter, story submissions began ar...

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News

Poetry Commission in Manchester

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Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Art Gallery are looking to commission a poet to produce creative responses to the forthcoming Pilkington’s Lancastrian Pottery: Art and Industry in Greater Manchester exhibition.

The exhibition will highlight Manchester’s role as a national centre of ceramic innovation and design in the early 20th century, showcasing 150 of the most significant pieces of Pilkington’s pottery and tiles from 1890-1930.

The poet will be expected to produce a...

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News

The Queen's Speech

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This Thursday, 4th March, Manchester and Write Out Loud Poet - Tony Walsh, will be the special guest appearing at The Queen’s Head on Stockwell Road in Brixton. You can find out more about Tony on our Poet’s Showcase.

An evening of spoken word and poetry, this new event will be held on the first Thursday of every month, and will be hosted by Glastonbury regular, the slam-winning Dennis Just Dennis. There’s an open-mic and the fun kicks off at 7pm.

Future events will be held on 1st Apr...

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Twins?

Discombobulate this!

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Okay, you've got the picture, you've got the merged poem (below).  Clearly, the mad, evil  Dr. Van Kinston has been up to his old tricks again.   But, who's been cross-fertilising with whom?

Email your answers to winstonplowes@googlemail.com

 

In restaurants we argue

over which of us will pay for your funeral

 The Sergeant-major, filled with rage,

Attacked the Sergeant at this stage,

 though the real question is

whether or not I will make you immortal.

 "Yo...

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What I do ...

What is this meta for anyway?

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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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I love to play with metaphor and inhabit that strange landscape where ambiguity holds you. I try to hov...

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Poetics

Prosody - where language and music collide

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Poetry's Biggest Secret's finally revealed.  One poet dares to speak out but only if he gets to wear a mask.  It's not to conceal his identity, he just derives pleasure from it.  If other poets were to discover the identity of this masked man, they would chain him up and bind his hands and force him into a chest and lock it shut.  He would probably enjoy that too.  His name is Alec Numan, and if you want to know where he lives and at what time he is at home, just write in.

‘What is prosod...

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Review

Where there's a Will, there's a way

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This book began as a pamphlet, of a 1990 Hilda Hulme Lecture entitled ‘Ways into Shakespeare’s Sonnets’.

It is a book of close-reading, a book that investigates poetry in depth, from its language, its craft. This is a handsome, and exemplary work.

 

Throughout, Helen Vendler has used the 1609 Quarto edition of the Sonnets. A facsimile of this edition is reproduced; the examination and commentary of each sonnet is then prefaced with a modernised version of the sonnet. The length, d...

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Workshop exercise of the month

I remember

Exercise one

This is a simple exercise that a lot of poets use to get over writer's block.  Write the words "I remember" on the first line, and then carry on writing the poem for five or ten minutes.  If you get stuck for something to say, just write the words "I remember" again and carry on from there.

 

Exercise two

Choose a place where folk mingle, like a lift, or a cafe or a classroom. Write one stanza describing each of the following (not necessarily in the same order as ...

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Sympathetic Sybil

Avoid Angst and Conquer Cliché

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Sympathetic Sybil is Write Out Loud's own Agony Aunt...

Dearest, dearest – hope you're going to be sympathetic – Sybil,

Please, please, for the love of God! - you have to help me! I just can't seem to keep the angst out of my poems, and I am told that I use far too many clichés!!! Please tell me how to make my work less depressing, before I fall into a pit of despair. Lead me to the path of poetic righteousness so that I may wend my way through this vale of tears once more, with my he...

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Trippin'

Voyage of the imbeciles

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What follows is a roistering tale of hi jinx on the high seas, but only on the part of the two imbeciles who could have got themselves killed (both of whom are involved in this very ‘zine), and only because my inner idiot told me to do it.

 The tale starts several years prior to the events described, with a man called John G. Hall, a man with a plan.  John’s idea was to get a group of poets onto a mysteriously beautiful isle called Arran, off the west coast of Scotland, and there to spend...

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Horoscopes

Beware the Ides of March

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In the spring, a young Ted's fancy turns to thoughts of pretty much the following...

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 19)

 

Why trace the end of

a flame when bayonets

fixed face synonymous delay -

though crowded trenches

bring some good,

as introductions swell

your social network

as sure as should.

 

Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20)

 

All is good, so let life flow,

your resolving hands divine

the way of things (and

way to go), and those with

budding thoughts curtailed,

will follo...

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Wafts

Half-Price 'Brisk Units'

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Wafts is a Beachcomber type column where you can expect the unexpected...

POETS, my definition.

Poet. Is that what you call yourself?  Arsiversie-ists is my word for you,and pretty pillicocks all.  Yeah, I’ve heard you, you strungout shrugging flandan dins. What makes you special? Oh, yeah, you’ve got genetically tampered-with neckties with primate speech capacity; you’ve got a skinwrap of bioluminescent algae working your skin into twinkles. You step out of your jeans and plant a sap...

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Poem of the month

Not for Yesterday. Not for Today

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This month's poem was chosen by Mandy Coe who simple says "I found it and liked it a lot."

Find out more about Constant-Ngozi and his work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/constantngoziozurumba

Not for Yesterday. Not for Today

I’d sing you a song
cast you a shield
shielding you from fiery darts
that did yesterday and today
suck up the triumphant zeal of tires.

I’d sing you a song
weave you linen
protecting you from slices of insane sticky rags
their chilly yet charring ...

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News

The Bridport Prize

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Bridport Arts Centre are asking for your poems and short stories for their latest competition – The Bridport Prize 2010.

In each category there is a first prize of £5000, as well as second and third prizes of £1000 and £500 respectively, and ten supplementary prizes of £50 – so it could be well worth your while entering.

In addition, there will be a further prize of £100 and a perpetual trophy awarded to the best local (Dorset, UK) winner or runner-up. And all winning poems and short ...

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Manchester Cathedral 12th International & Religious Poetry Competition

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Manchester Cathedral are inviting entries for their 12th International and Religious Poetry Competition.

The competition is open to everyone, of whatever faith tradition, and also to those seeking to discover their own sense of the sacred; they can be in any form or style and will be judged solely on their merits as poetry.

This year’s judge is Vona Groarke, a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and a lecturer at the University of Manchester; she is also the author of several poetry ...

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News

Budding Marlowes wanted in Deptford

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The Albany Theatre space in Deptford is looking for new writing talent for ‘Freshly Squeezed’ – a script writing evening for anyone with a desire to write performance poetry, spoken word or verse plays for performance within a theatre setting.

They are looking for scripts that focus on youth and young people’s experiences living in London. The writing selected will be developed by a professional director and actors to be shown as a rehearsed reading in front of a public audience on 8th Ap...

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News

Debjani Chatterjee Poetry Workshop

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If you are in the Bradford area next Saturday afternoon, you might like to go along to Debjani Chatterjee’s workshop at Kala Sangam, St. Peter’s House in Forster Square.

The workshop is to be held on Saturday, 6th March, from 2-4.30pm, and is inspired by the theme of mothers and sisters as March 8th is International Women’s Day and the 14th is Mothering Sunday.

It is absolutely free and open to both men and women, of any ability. The workshop is in English, but participants may read a...

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News

Young People's Poetry Competition

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The John Betjeman Young People's Poetry Competition is open to 11-14 year-olds living in the British Isles.

The prize is £1,000 (£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of his or her school).

Pupils can enter the competition online by visiting the website: http://www.betjemanpoetrycompetition.com/pages/2010-competition/submit-entry.asp.

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News

Richmond Poetry Jam - 12th March

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Poetry Jam celebrates St Patrick's day with another of their open mic poetry jams, where new voices perform alongside established poets.

They are also featuring Irish poet, Racker Donnelly, who will be performing poems from his new CD "Rhymes of the Racker".

To jon the jam, telephone the number below or turn up on the night - Doors 7.30pm on Friday 12th March.

It's at the Tea Box, 7 Paradise Road - see gig guide for full details and map

tel: 020 8940 3521 www.theteabox.co.uk

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Review

A win's a win - Bolton Howcroft

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Well, I was picking the bones out of ‘Ancrene Wisse’, a 13th century masterpiece of Middle English prose - but what the hell - let’s talk about proper words and stuff innit.

I’ve not travelled to The Howcroft for several months. A combination of inclement weather and that over familiarity that breeds many things - not least - an embryonic contempt. Not for what the evening represents - but for the event’s venue and its unaccommodating ‘regulars’. Those plebeians that stand hunched at the ba...

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News

Liverpool's Most Romantic Poet 2010

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Dead Good Poets Society organised a poetry slam to find Liverpool's Most Romantic Poet.

On Wednesday 17th February, in the 3rd Room of the Everyman Bistro, sixteen poets performed poems on love, romance, lust, passion in front of a capacity crowd.

It was a fierce battle. The poets flirted, sweet-talked and wooed the audience in order to earn their votes. Poems such as Sex For the Over Sixties, A Passion For Celebrity Chefs, and Boyfriends to Avoid were met with laughter and applause.

Th...

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News

Lemn Sissay - BBC Recording in Manchester

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This is your invitation to a live recording for BBC Radio 4 at Contact Theatre on Sunday 21st March at 6.30pm. This is a one-off version of Lems’s stage shpw with specially created new material for an invited audience. For one night only.

He didnt know a black person until he was eighteen. It wasn’t his fault. They just thought it was better that way. He spent most of his adult life searching for his family who were black like him. It’s a story explored in his previous award-winning play...

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News

Red Shed's Poetry Competition

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The Red Shed Reading's open poetry competition is now open for submissions - £3 for first entry, £2 for subsequent entries. The sole adjudicator is Gerard Benson and the closing date is Friday 30th April, 200.

Prizes: first prize: £100, second prize: £50 and a local Wakefield Postcode prize of £25.

Full Details: http://www.currockpress.com/competition_entry_form

 

Competition winners will be announced on Wednesday June 9 at The Wakefield Live Music Project's final event for 20...

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News

blankpages Call for Submissions

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Blank Media Collective are looking for new voices for blankpages – their monthly online magazine – and Issue 19 is available online now!

They accept poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, and any themes will be considered. Though it should be noted that whilst swearing or explicit content is not automatically prohibited, it will only be included at the editors’ discretion.

To submit your fiction: Whilst simple prose is often the most effective, Blank Media are open to submissions ...

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News

Things I Did While I Was Dead

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‘Things I Did While I Was Dead’ is the intriguing title of a new book by Rosie Garland (a.k.a. Rosie Lugosi), launched on 23rd February by Flapjack Press.

Powerfully articulating themes as diverse as relationships, serial-killers, and gender, this passionate and thought-provoking new collection showcases Rosie’s affecting and award-winning poetry; and, as with her previous collections under the guise of her alter-ego – Rosie Lugosi, it has a deliciously determined bite.

In her first p...

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News

Leeds Trinity Writer's Festival

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Leeds Trinity University College is holding its sixth annual Writers’ Festival Day on 10th March.

Explore the range of possibilities opened up by working with professional writers. Workshops in dramatic writing, building plots and characters, short stories, and firing your imagination will be offered by experienced writers in their fields: Michael Blackburn; Pat Borthwick; Miles Cain; Ray French, Neil Hanson; Sophie Nicholls; Paul Sutherland and Stephen Wakelam.

The aim of the Writers...

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News

Save The Earth!

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Submissions requested for an eco minded arts / lit ezine. Art, literature, commentary, rants, etc. Follow the link for details...

http://www.theivorytowerzine.com/submissions.htm

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News

Cork Spring Literary Festival

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The Metropole Hotel in MacCurtain Street is the venue for this year's Cork Spring Festival which runs from 17th to 20th February 2010. The theme for this year's festival is sense of place. Sense of place and the business of place-naming holds such an integral position in Irish literature that the theme warrants its own specialist term: Dinnseanchas.

Headline authors this year include an array of poets, novelists and story writers: Jennifer Johnstone, Martín Espada, Paula Meehan, Bernard O'D...

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Loosen your Muse

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Loose Muse is London’s only regular event for women writers of all genres. That doesn’t mean though that men aren’t welcome to come and listen, they most certainly are!

Hosted by Dzifa Benson and Sara-Mae Tuson, there will be two featured guests at the next meeting on Wednesday, 10th March, each followed by a Q&A session, and an open-mic session.

Firstly, Catherine Brogan – who you may remember hitch-hiked her way around the country last year, using poetry venues as her stopping off p...

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News

Wanted Contributions to the Write Out Loud Magazine!

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We're asking for your contributions to the Write Out Loud magazine now please.

You could be the star contributor to our next issue!

We want audio recordings of your poems - we will mix them, mash them and turn them into individual works of art in The Poetry Jam. We want clever poems from fearless poets - poems that contain deep metaphors, none too obscure references that are relevant, poems that scan but don't bounce along, poems that condense so much into so few lines that the...

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News

Manchester Poets Wanted

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Puppy Wolf Press are currently seeking submissions for the first issue of the anthology from all corners of the Manchester poetry/spoken word scene.

Best of Manchester Poets is the first major attempt in recent times to showcase the stunning talent and creativity in the (Greater) Manchester poetry/spoken word scene. It's a perfect-bound book of approximately 128 pages that will retail nationally for £7.99. Anybody who defines themselves as a Manchester poet is invited to submit work, re...

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P.S. I LOVE YOU - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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P.S. I LOVE YOU is a multi-disciplinary week long programme of events dedicated to the exploration and celebration of the legacy of The Beatles, at Bradford Playhouse 27th April to 1st  May 2010.

It’s curated by artist filmmaker, curator and self-confessed Beatles anarok Jean McEwan.

Proposals are invited which explore, deconstruct, dissect and celebrate the cultural, societal, emotional and mythic impact of the Beatles. Submission are invited from the following art forms:
-visual art
...

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News

Animal Writes Workshop

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‘Animal Writes’ in Manchester, is a relaxed, friendly workshop, where anyone interested in creative writing can go to share work, get some feedback, and maybe take part in a short writing exercise to generate some fresh ideas.

Hosted and run by Manchester’s Queer Vegan Poet – Dominic Berry, all are welcome at this beautiful veggie restaurant (privately hired for this group) to meet with like minds over a hot cuppa and a slice of cake.

It runs from 3pm – 5pm, on Sunday, 28th February a...

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News

1st Wenlock Poetry Festival

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The first Wenlock Poetry Festival boasts a line up that includes: Carol Ann Duffy(founding patron), Roger McGough, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Daljit Nagra and many others.

9th April to 11th April 2010

The 2010 TS Eliot prize winner, Phillip Gross, will also be reading.

There will be a Poetry Slam hosted by Spoz; writing workshops from Peter Diamond; Roz Goddard; Gill McEvoy and Gladys Mary Coles, also Barry Tench will lead a workshop for under 25's.

There will be street e...

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Wafts

Alf's Reconstituted Fisherman’s Seats & Poetry Jobs

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Wafts is a Beachcomber type column where you can expect the unexpected...

What’s this? Why, lubbers, it’s a sea shanty, cribbed and condensed from the voicemail signatures of a thousand ship-to-shore radios, harvested over a half century of illicit eavesdropping. My shanty’s about the problems encountered playing harmonica during bouts of hyperfluid, staggering seasickness. It also tells of the ruffle-haired Head Boy of the Ocean, a mythic individual blessed with Neptune’s ability to shuf...

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News

Söyleşi Üç Aylık Şiir Dergisi

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The Magazine "Söyleşi Üç Aylık Şiir Dergisi!" issue 2"is now available to download for free.

This issue conencrntrates on philosophical poems concerned with memory and melancholia translated from various languages into both Turkish & English.

http://soylesipoetrymagazine.com/

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News

Cinnamon Press Writing Weeks

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How does the sound of a holiday combined with expert tuition aimed at improving your writing appeal to you? – perhaps a week in wonderful Wales? - or fabulous France?

Well courses from Cinnamon Press may be just what you’re looking for and may be a great way to bring energy and commitment to your writing.

Whether you write fiction or poetry - the workshops are designed to bring it to life, exploring starting points, imagery, and structure, and ways of bringing precision and vividness ...

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News

Make an Exhibition of Yourself

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NXNW Festival is looking for recordings of poets to play on loops throughout their forthcoming exhibition ‘Illuminate’ at The Turnpike in Leigh, in March.

The exhibition explores the themes of illumination, innovation, and brightness, and enlightening the dark with ideas.

Poets should send their work, recorded in mp3 format, together with a transcript of the poem and a brief biography, to: woodenhorse@tiscali.co.uk

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News

Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza

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Poets from the Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza will take to the stage at Starbucks, at the Capitol Centre in Preston, next Wednesday, 17th February.

The readers will include award winning poet Jo Harding, proprietor of Clitheroe Books, and Phil Burton, known as Pip the Poet, who performs and runs workshops in schools and libraries throughout the U.K., and has been extensively published.

The hour long event starts at 7pm, and is entitled ‘Family’ - it will feature work with a family, ...

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News

John Betjeman Young People's Poetry Competition

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The 2010 John Betjeman Poetry Competition is open to 11-14 year olds living in the British Isles.

The competition, which is co-sponsored by Shell International and St. Pancras International Station, has a prize of £1000 (which is donated by John Murray (Publishers) Ltd.), £500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of their school. The closing date is 31st July, winners will be notified by early September, and a prize-giving event will be held in October at St. Pancras Internat...

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News

Poetry Jam at The Tea Box

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The Tea Box in Richmond, Surrey, is hosting an open-mic Poetry Jam On Friday, 12th February, where new voices can perform alongside established performance poets.

Poets-in-residence – Julie Mullen and Racker Donnelly, will be performing together. Julie Mullen was nominated for the Ted Hughes Award for ‘Erotic Poetry for Vegans and Vegetarians’, whilst Racker Donnelly was the U.K.s Slam Champion 2005/06.

Not only that but you can enjoy the Poetry Jam with your choice of the sixty diffe...

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News

York Writers Do It For Themselves

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York Literature Festival 18 - 28th March at venues around York

York Literature Festival returns for its fourth outing in March 2010, with a splendid line-up of local and national talent, including York-born Kate Atkinson, one of the UK's most popular novelists and Jim Crace, author of Quarantine. Also appearing are Jon McGregor, author of 'If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things', and popular novelist Andrew Martin. There's also a wide range of local authors, poets and storytellers.

The...

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Jawdance!

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They say that London’s heart lies in its East End – the history, the people, the culture, and now.... the poetry! Every third Wednesday the Rich Mix Bar in Tower Hamlets, is set to pulse with poetry, vibrate with verbs, and spill over with spoken word.

Hosted by Pete the Temp, the irrepressible king of foot-stomping street poetry, the first session will feature sets from Mr T, Chris Syrus, Hannah Osaguona, Ant ‘The Rant’ Smith, plus an open-mic session, and all for free.

So – get on y...

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Coleridge Poetry Prize

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The Third International Samuel Taylor Coleridge Memorial Poetry Prize 2010 welcomes new work.
This year's competition closes on June 1st.
1st prize, £300 2nd prize, £200, 3rd prize, £100.
Highly Commended £50.00
 
The Coleridge Award also publishes new poems in their Poetrybacks series.
 
Also, poets will be invited to read at the 4th Watchet Music Festival, Friday August 27th.
 
E-mail John Garland for Coleridge Prize Entrance form and other details :
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Huddersfield Literature Festival - Competition!

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The deadline for this year’s short poetry and short story writing competition from The Huddersfield Literature Festival is Wednesday, 10th February.  

The aim of this year’s event is to write a story in fewer than 1,000 words, or a poem with 10 lines or fewer. There is an entry fee of £3, and a first prize in each category of £200, a second of £100, and a third of £50; with the best entries also being published in the next Grist Anthology.

For more details, including full details of h...

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News

Poetry on Tap for Valentine's Day

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Poets Clare Potter and Duncan McGibbon will read their latest works at the new Poetry on Tap reading series in Cardiff on Sunday, 14thFebruary.

Clare Potter was the 2004 John Tripp Award Winner, and is the author of ‘Spilling Histories’ (Cinnamon Press), inspired by the aftermath of the New Orleans disaster. While Duncan McGibbon is the author of ‘The Consolations’ (Mulfran Press), a poetry collection that journeys from Our Lady of Geneva to the heart of the poet’s own family.

There w...

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Northern Writers' Awards 2010 - open for submissions

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The Northern Writers’ Awards have been helping to boost the careers of writers from the north-east of England for the last ten years, during which time no fewer than 89 writers have received awards, many of whom have gone on to publish their work.

The annual awards are produced by New Writing North, who aim to support writers to complete new work and move forward with their careers. Each year £25,000 is awarded both to support emerging talent and to recognise the work of established write...

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Manchester Cathedral's Poetry Competition

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Manchester Cathedral are holding their 12th interfaith, religious poetry competition.

For this year's competition, the judge is Vona Groarke. Winners of the competition will be announced at a special event at Manchester Cathedral as part of Manchester Literature Festival later this year. Entry forms for this year's competition are available by emailing Canon Albert Radcliffe at: albert.radcliffe@dsl.pipex.com

Further details at the Cathedrals web site - click here

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News

Love and Afternoon Tea

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On Friday, 12th February, Litfest will be holding a ‘Shakespeare in Love’ event in Lancaster's Storey Auditorium to celebrate the Valentine’s weekend. And they’ll be doing so with style – serving afternoon tea alongside Shakespeare’s sonnets.

The event, one of the litfest Classics series, starts at 4pm, and will feature Lancaster University’s Alison Findlay and Dr Elizabeth Oakley-Brown, who will introduce, read, and explore Shakespeare’s sonnets.

The NICE Bar (downstairs in the Store...

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Poetry Jam

Create a Monster from Your Own Words

Send your Audio recorded poems to Steve Garside together with a word document of the text.

 

Send your submissions to stevegarside@hotmail.com

 

Your audio poem will then be cut up and spliced together with other audio poems and music to create an original art work in THE POETRY JAM

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Opportunities and Courses

Learn to Criticise Art in Wales

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NEW CRITICS PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

SCHEME WILL OFFER TRAINING TO HELP CREATE A NEW GENERATION OF ARTS CRITICS IN WALES

 

National Theatre Wales, in partnership with Academi, is launching an exciting new initiative that aims to boost arts criticism in Wales, and give budding theatre critics a unique opportunity to have their say on the company’s opening season.

 

The New Critics Programme will offer development opportunities and training for a selected group of applicants. Part...

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Review

Had Field Will Travel

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A review of Nigh-No-Place by Jen Hadfield.

There are many things to like about this book, not least the cover picture of one very aware horse in an open landscape, that we can only take to be part of the Shetlands.

What else is to like? Dogs. Jen Hadfield likes dogs too, they are everywhere, from ‘Canis Minor’ to the sign-off poem ‘In the Same Way’. And it’s not only dogs, we have sheep, cows, horses, not to mention huskies and a polar bear. We also have, predominantly, the weather.

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Twins?

Separated at Birth (by Geography and Time and Unrelatedness)?

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Locked away in WOL’s genetic engineering laboratories, the infamous Dr. Van Kinston has been experimenting with the DNA of famous poets past and present and has had some startling if disturbing results. In this feature his creations have been ‘reborn’ for all to see. Each amazing entity is a complex scientific merging of two different individuals and this new creation has developed poetic powers gleaned from its twin origins.

 

By examining both pictures and words, can you identify th...

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Dear Dermot.

Dear Dermot

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Yes, yes, Dear Dermot indeed.

 

Or, perhaps I should relabel this feature: Inexpensive Dermot, because (to show solidarity with our hard-working team of unpaid features editors here at Write Out Blagh!) I limit my Editor-in-Chief's stipend to that which barely covers my first and second home comfortable living allowances. 

Anyway and whatever, hello and welcome to the Editorial and Letters Page of our February edition.  And, might I say, it's that time of the month when I can put ...

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Picture this

Come on in and have some fun!

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Here are six more photos to make some sort of creative reaction too... whether it's a poem, flash fiction, short sentence, a short story, six words describing each image, a poem, or, if you have loads of time why not write a screenplay or novella!

Whatever, write something and put it in Comments box below this article to share with the world.

The rules are:
Whatever you want them to be!!
You can use just one photo or them all!

The choice is yours!

 

 


 
 

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Sympathetic Sybil

Sestina Siesta!

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Sympathetic Sybil is Write Out Loud's own Agony Aunt...

 

Dear Sympathetic Sybil

I am struggling trying to write a sestina. Should I try a villanelle instead or try to persevere with the original structure for my poem?

Yours

Anon


Dear Reader,

A lot of these complicated poetic forms were invented by the Ancien Régime (in France – where else?) who called themselves troubadours, thought of themselves as intellectual amoureux and ponced about with lutes, les...

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Workshop exercise of the month

How to make your own poetry 'zine-type thing

First of all, for anyone who doesn’t know, a zine is a booklet you make yourself of whatever you want, which you then photocopy the crap out of and either sell or give away. Sometimes you hear poets call them chapbooks, but whereas chapbooks smell like libraries and smoke pipes, zines wear big boots, dance hard and cure themselves of their own thrush with vegetables. Essentially the point of zines is that you can say what you want and get it out there without having to go through any middlemen...

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Horoscopes

Those celestial spheres are at it again.

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Yes, it's February and time to burn off all those New Year's Resolutions that you vehemently swore you'd adhere to.  And what better way to start than by believing the following mumbo jumbo...

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 19)

On the fifth of this month you will experience a blockage
Caused by too many eggs and not enough roughage
But the ninth will bring release, you’ll stop feeling all pushed-in
Be careful to avoid spontaneous human combustion!
Don’t worry, this all just down to the age
Of your ...

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Poetics

Poetry's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed: The Sonnet

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The Masked Poet is a man on a mission to reveal to you poetry's most closely guarded secrets.  He wears the mask to conceal his face, because if his fellow poets were to find out his true identity, he would almost certainly be asked to leave the poetic circle, called names, slapped about a bit and extroardinarily renditioned to Guantanamo bay for polite and reasonable questioning of the type that you just can't do in the civilised world.  Last month he revealed to you the secrets of scansion ...

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Cryptic Poem

Cryptic Poem 002: Intellect

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 The poem is regularly rhymed. The rhyme scheme is ABA BCB CDC DED EE. There are ten syllables in each line. Return the poem to its original form using the cryptic clues below.

 

Answers to last months cryptic poem appear underneath.

Sometimes the ---- and scope of my -----

And its high-wired ----- ----- certainties

Thrills a ---------, -------- hour

 

With the ---- ---- that it actually is,

That its web is ------ from what I --------.

My eye ------ the ---...

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Poem of the month

The weight of cows

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This month's poem was chosen by Norman Hadley. After trawling through all the profile he chose a short list of five but chose this poem because:
"The first three stanzas have a McGoughian lightness of touch soused with sharp observational humour and the veining of scientific detail marbles the meat of the poem. Mandy just gets you comfortable with her gentle playfulness before smarting your cheek with the well-merited slap of the final stanza."

Find out more about Mandy and her work at
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Trippin'

Auld Reekie and the StAnza Poetry Festival

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Poetry seems to be turning up the temperature this winter to beat the cold. When Rob Mackenzie realised that the first Poetry at the ...   of 2010 was due to fall on Sunday 14th February, his initial thought was to cancel, but his second better one was to commission a couple of dozen poets to produce a Valentine’s Day feast of new love poetry.

Originally Poetry at the Great Grog when it all began in a Rose Street bar a few years ago, since then Poetry at the... has not only presented...

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Translations

Astral Weeks

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This is a good exercise, I enjoyed doing it.  All you do is listen to songs and interpret them innocently but not in depth. 

Translations encourages you to play music and to write down the words you hear first, irrelevant of the original lyrics. Commonly, people do this all the time when singing along to songs.  Having no idea of the words but, just saying what they think it could be. 

I chose Van Morrison because the rhythms behind this song are driving and sustain lots of mad thinki...

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Review

Two Cinammon Poetry Collections

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Quaintness and Other Offences, Ann Drysdale (Cinnamon Press, 2009)

The Shadow House Kathy Miles (Cinnamon Press, 2009)

Drysdale and Miles  have different writing styles, however both poets tend to end-stop every stanza so there is no rolling on of the sound of the words. This was the greatest disappointment for me as I felt I was being pulled up short at regular intervals. Drysdale has an ear for sound but mainly for rhyme. She can be very witty and for those that like the...

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What I do ...

What goes around...

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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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What goes around comes around, as they say. And the funny thing is that ‘what I do that’s new’ (or tha...

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News

Conversation Poetry Issue 10 Available Now

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Conversation Poetry Quarterly 10  is available online now:

http://conversationpoetry.co.uk/downloads

This is the first issue of the new decade and has poetry from Ali Abdolrezaei, Colin Campbell Robinson, Jenna Cardinale, Tiziano Fratus, Nicky Gould, Mohammed Hashas, Rona Laycock, Maria McCarthy, Michael Mirolla, Kate Robinson, Jacob Russell, Karin Slater and Ian Stephen.

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Submissions are now welcome for both a special African edition of the magazine (issue 11) and the next ope...

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News

Audio Poems Wanted

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NXNW Festival is looking for recordings of poets to showcase alongside the upcoming exhibition 'Illuminate' at The Turnpike, Leigh, on Saturday 6th March 2010. The themes of the exhibition are illumination, innovation and brightness, enlightening the dark with ideas.

Please send recordings of your work in mp3 format to woodenhorse@tiscali.co.uk along with a transcript of poem as well as a brief bio.

'Illuminate' is a one off evening exhibition bringing together specifically created co...

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News

LIVERpoetry progresses to The Pilgrim

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LIVERpoetry – the ’pool’s latest poetry evening – launched last month, now has a new permanent home.

From Wednesday, 10thFebruary the group will meet in the big upstairs room at The Pilgrim pub in the heart of Liverpool’s arts quarter. After that they will be meeting every 2ndWednesday.

And from now on the evenings will be themed, starting with ‘Sex and Love’! (please keep checking our gig guide for future themes). It’s not compulsory to have a themed poem on the night, but why not ta...

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News

Leicester 'Y' Change of Date

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Please note that WORD! at The Y in Leicester will be on Sunday, 7th February and not tonight (Tuesday 2nd Feb).

It will be a special comedy edition you won’t want to miss - featuring Mik Artistik, and whilst we’d all agree that it is better to be too early than too late – five days is perhaps over doing it a bit.

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News

Results of Cafe Writers Competition

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The winners of the Norwich Cafe Writers Open Competition have been announced from nearly 1600 poems entered from far and wide. The judge was George Szirtes
 
Open Competition

First Prize (£1000)                 Deer                    Helen Mort, Cambridge  
Second Prize (£300)               Comfort              Rosemary Norman – Richmond,London
 
Commended (£50)                 First days on the houseboat            Ian McEwen Bedford
                                                Fresno wit...

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News

A River Runs through the Red Shed

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The former Derbyshire Poet Laureate – River Wolton, will be the special guest at Red Shed Readings on Thursday, 4thFebruary. The winner in 2004 of the Red Pepper Poetry Competition, and in 2008 of the Chroma Queer Writing Competition, River Wolton was described by Tribune as writing about “the big subjects – life, love, death – in a gloriously easy and accessible style.”

Supporting River, will be last year’s Red Shed Poetry Competition - Julie Mellor, and Portobello Polish folk prodigies ...

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News

Page One - Internet Radio

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On Page One this week... An engaging interview with David Thompson about his new collection Breaking through Barriers ...an interview with Anna Dredda about the Much Wenlock Poetry Festival...and a visit to the dusty Library...Don’t miss it!!

Fridays at 6.00pm and Mondays at 9.00am on WCRFM - online at www.wcrfm.com

If you have a poem or short story that you would like to feature in the show, or if you would like to appear on the show, then email Tony at tonystringfellow@wcrfm.com

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News

Puzzled about Winston?

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There’s no need to be because Write Out Loud’s Winston Plowes (pictured) will be the guest poet at Puzzle Poets Live tonight (Monday, 1st February). Winston will be reading a variety of his work as the first guest for 2010 at this friendly and well established event.  

The evening starts at 8pm at The Puzzle Hall Inn, Hollins Mill Lane, in Sowerby Bridge, which is just 2 short stops after Hebden Bridge if you are coming from the west, and a 5-10 min walk from the station (there are late t...

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News

Huddersfield Short Story/Poetry Competition

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The Huddersfield Literature Festival is proud to announce that this year's writing competition is now open for entries.

The aim of this year's event is to write a story in fewer than 1,000 words or a poem with 10 lines or less.
The prizes in each category are as follows:

* 1st prize - £200
* 2nd prize - £100
* 3rd prize - £50

The best entries will also be published in the next Grist Anthology.

The deadline for entries is 10th February 2010.

To enter please send your ...

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News

Huddersfield Literature Festival 10-14 March 2010

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The Organisers claim that this is the most exciting and innovative festival yet.

Featuring: Simon Armitage, Dorothea Smartt, Jeremy Dyson, Moniza Alvi and Alexei Sayle, as well as a specially commissioned version of Gilgamesh, a unique commission and film premiere, and an album-in-a-day event. Storytelling, short fiction, cabaret, novel writing, poetry, comedy, song, theatre, music, Manga, screenwriting, guided walks and masterclasses...

Find out full details: http://www.litfest.org.u...

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News

Templar Poetry Competition

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This is the 5th year of the Templar Poetry Pamphlet & Collection Competition, closing date for submissions is 8th May 2010.

Short collections of poetry of between 18 and 24 pages are invited, containing poems of any length or style - fee is £18. The collections will be judged by Pat Winslow.

The Prizes

* Four winners will be chosen by the Judge, Pat Winslow, and will have their pamphlet collections published by Templar Poetry at the 2010 Derwent Poetry Festival.
* Each of the fo...

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News

Manic Monday - Cardiff

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Manic Monday is the newest, freshest event from Jam Bones, a literary event organising company run by award-winning, Cardiff-born poetess Mab Jones. Billed as a 'spoken word cabaret', it features performance poets, storytellers, prose artists, comedians, as well as the odd burlesque artist and magician. The first Monday of each month, it promises an exciting and entertaining night out for anyone looking for something a bit different!

On February 1st, Jam Bones: Manic Monday will feat...

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News

Ted Walters International Competition 2011

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The University of Liverpool Creative Writing Society for Lifelong Learning have announced the fifth annual Ted Walters international writing competition.

There are three categories: poetry, short story & playwriting, each category has a first prize of £200, second prize £50 and third a £15 book token.

You are invited to submit entries to any or all of them.

Every single entry that comes into the competition, and you can send in as many entries as you wish, generates a £1 donati...

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News

Poets Anonymous Venue Change

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Poets Anonymous are moving to a new venue for their First Friday of the month meetings.

From 5th February, and for future First Fridays, Poets Anonymous will be meeting in the bar at the Fairfield Hotel, 1 Landsdowne Road, Croydon, CR9 2BN.

The Fairfield Hotel is 5 minutes walk from East Croydon station, close to the Wellesley Road Tram stop, and close to all the bus routes passing through Croydon.

All are welcome, floor spots available. From 8pm, £2 waged, £1 unwaged.

For fur...

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News

Hebden Burns Night

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Lovers of poetry, food and/or all things Scottish are being invited to an evening of dining and entertainment in celebration of the Scotland’s beloved poet Robert Burns.
 
A traditional Burns Night, complete with a piper, poetry reading and a five-course Scottish menu, which will include the famous haggis ceremony, is being held at Moyles Hotel and Restaurant in Hebden Bridge on the 25th January.
 
With a menu that features Scottish classics such as smoked haddock broth, surf and turf...

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News

The erbacce Prize for Poetry

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erbacce-press are fed up with poetry competitions that charge an entry or reading fee so their competition is absolutely free to enter. The competition is open to anyone and everyone, but you must make sure you follow their submission guidelines in order to have your work read.

The first prize is a publishing contract with erbacce-press, including publication of the poets’ work (up to 160 pages). The winner will also receive ten free copies of the finished book, in addition to generous ro...

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News

The Garden of Awen in Bath

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The Garden of Awen is an evening of performance poetry, storytelling, music, and other Arcadian delights, which takes place on the first Sunday of each month at the Chapel Arts Centre in Bath.

February’s evening on Sunday, 7that 7.30pm, is entitled The Thorny Rose and explores the theme of love. The organisers promise a line-up to swoon over featuring musician Matt Sage from Oxford, international slam winning performance poet Rosemary Dun, theatrical story-tellers Widsith and Deor, Northu...

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News

Poets and Players Celebration

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Five years ago poet Linda Chase and musical director Chris Davies got together to form Poets and Players. They began in Didsbury, but were soon invited to put on events at Whitworth Art Gallery, and at other venues across Manchester. Now well known for their imaginative programming of established poets and musicians performing alongside newer writers, they regularly draw large audiences.

On Saturday, 23rdJanuary, Poets and Players will be performing a special celebratory programme of word...

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News

Attila the Stockbroker - 30th Anniversary Tour Dates

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Way back in December, when the idea of a white Christmas still seemed like a really good idea, we promised to bring you any news we had of Attila the Stockbroker’s 30thAnniversary tour, and true to our word – here are a few dates for you. These include some for his tour with American singer, David Rovics, which runs from 29thApril to 23rdMay. For more information on David Rovics please go to www.davidrovics.com

On the 31stJanuary Attila will be at The Grosvenor in Stockwell, along with Ca...

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Poetry Bites Michael McKimm

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Belfast poet, Michael McKimm, is the special guest at Poetry Bites at the Kitchen Garden Café, King’s Heath, Birmingham, on Tuesday, 26thJanuary.

Michael was born in Belfast in 1983 and grew up near the Giant’s Causeway. He graduated from the Warwick Writing Programme in 2004 and won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007. His poetry is most recently published in Dossier Journal (New York), Horizon Review, Magma, Oxford Poetry, PN Review, The Warwick Review, The Wolf and The Best of Irish Poetry 2...

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Ready for Your Close-Up?

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Have you ever had a good idea for a film? ..... perhaps even your own life-story, or maybe just an interesting event from it? But how do you go about turning that idea in to a workable film script?

Primary Creations have been running very successful scriptwriting courses for the past four years, and their latest – An Introduction to Scriptwriting for the Screen, starts on Tuesday, 2ndFebruary. 

By the end of the six week evening course (7.30pm – 9.30pm) you will have written your own ...

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Where For Art Thou?

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Stockport Art Gallery will be launching a new exhibition – ‘Where For Art Thou?’ on February 14th to mark the contributions of local writers.

The exhibition, which runs until 18th April, is the culmination of the Write Stuff Competition, held last December, and will document all the amazing work that went on. The gallery’s temporary exhibition space will be dedicated to a celebration of all kinds of “words”, and aims to provide a dedicated platform for workshops, talks, open-mic sessions,...

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Fire in the Head Workshops

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Fire in the Head are offering some exciting new workshops in Devon for you to kick-start the new decade with inspiration, insight and a fresh burst of creativity.

Tomorrow, Saturday January 9th, is the Moorpoets workshop ‘Turning Towards the Light’ to be held at South Brent Old Scholl Hall, South Brent, Devon. The day starts at 10am and will finish at 4pm – but as with everything at this time of year, please check beforehand that the workshop will be running. Bookings can be made by conta...

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Poetrywivenhoe

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Poetrywivenhoe’s next event will be on Thursday, 28th January.

The whole evening will be an open-mic session, and whether you choose to read your own work or something by your favourite poet, you are promised a warm welcome in a convivial atmosphere.

The evening starts at 8pm at The Greyhound (upstairs Function Room) in Wivenhoe, near Colchester, Essex.

For more details please phone Chris on 01206 827612

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Will Self at Express Excess

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The first show back for Express Excess after the Christmas break will be on Wednesday 20th January, will be quite a special start to the New Year.

They will be playing host to the sensational Will Self, as well as welcoming special guest Logan Murray – the voice of Vince Finn, of ‘Karaoke Fish Tank’ fame.

As always – the evening will be hosted by Paul Lyalls.

Doors open at 8.30pm and tickets are £5, at The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, Camden, NW3 (opposite Chalk Farm tube station...

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Calling Young Disabled Writers in Wales

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Are you a young disabled person living in Wales who has a way with words? Enter one poem or one short story of up to 500 words using “what ignites the flame for you?” as your inspiration. Think about excellence, friendship, respect, determination, inspiration, equality. Entries will be accepted from two age groups: 13-16 years old and 17-25 years old. We will work with the winners from each category to develop their writing skills. The winners’ work will be included in an anthology ...

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Writing from Art with Elizabeth Burns

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Litfest is offering a writing workshop using The Storey Gallery in Lancaster, using their spring group exhibition – What Happens If...? as a stimulus.

In the sessions you will explore what the artworks mean to you and where they lead you on your writing journey.

The workshop will be led by Elizabeth Burns, an experienced workshop leader who has worked in adult education, and who has published several anthologies. You can find out more about Elizabeth at:

www.elizabethburnspoetry.co.uk

The ...

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Short Cuts Cabaret & Open-Mic Night

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Short Cuts is quickly gaining cult status as Suffolk’s first variety show, why not find out what all the fuss is about and go along to The Cut in Halesworth, on Friday 22nd January?

Short Cuts will be welcoming special guest ‘Madame Galina New Forces Sweetheart’ - a burly Welsh bloke in a tutu - fresh from his 4th tour entertaining troops in Afghanistan for Combined Services Entertainment. His show has been described by Time Out as ‘the bargain of the week ticket…non-stop belly-ache l...

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Put Your Favourite Place on the Poetry Map

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The East Riding Library Service has teamed up with The South Bank Centre, London, on their new literary project called GPS (Global Poetry System!) which is designed to map the whereabouts of poetry in the UK’s landscapes and cityscapes.

Over the past few months, poets and poetry sleuths have been able to raise the profile of the places they love through posting poems about them on the GPS website. This can be poetry they've written or poems they’ve found in the landscape or on the streets....

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Wafts

Another Angle

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Wafts is a Beachcomber type column where you can expect the unexpected. Here's a comic strip for you!




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Editorial

Welcome

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Write Out Quiet, the Ezine section of Write Out Loud.  I have assembled a talented team and communicated an artistic vision that I wish to implement during my tenure as editor this consists solely of the three main aims of getting your minds thinking more deeply about methodologies and purposes behind poetry, doing so in as sarcastic/sardonic a way as we possibly can, and constantly innovating in ways in which no other poetry magazine ...

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Cryptic Poem

Cryptic Poem 001 - Heron

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The cryptic poem is the invention of Durham University's own Simon Rennie.

There are ten syllables in each line.

Each line has had two words removed but clues have been provided for them.

The rhyme scheme is ABBAB for each stanza.

Return the poem to its original form. 

 

 

                

 

                 

                Heron

 

A heron in stasis, -------- the ----

(Bringer of ----- to the ------- flow

Of a swollen -----) will never...

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Workshop exercise of the month

Eulogise someone. No, you logise someone.

In free verse, write a big magical exagerated lie of a poem about someone you admire.

Tell us what special powers they have, what language they speak, what they invented, what objects adore them, where they have come from and where they’re going.

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Poetry Jam

Stealth

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When I was a kid, I remember playing this game where a sheet of paper was folded  over twice, giving the page three sections.

Each kid would sketch a part of the anatomy of a monster or such like onto the section of the page which they only could see.


When the third bit of the drawing was done, the paper was unfolded to see what strange beast had evolved from the three sections.


To ensure that the drawing lines connected between sections the end lines at the bottom of each section would b...

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Picture this

The antidote to boredom

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Here are six photos to make some sort of creative reaction too... whether it's a poem, flash fiction, short sentence, a short story, six words describing each image, a poem, or, if you're REALLY bored/have some spare time, fuck it!! why not write a screenplay!

Whatever, write something and put it in Comments box below this article to share with the world.

The rules are:
Whatever you want them to be!!
You can use just one photo or them all!

The choice is yours!






 



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Performance Techniques

Voice & Delivery - breathing 1

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Welcome to a new feature that, hopefully, will give a bit of a boost to your performance by improving the quality of your voice and delivery in performance.

My name is Chris Dawson and I am an actress and ex BBC radio presenter, living in Stratford-upon-Avon. I work mostly in small-scale local or touring productions.

It’s quite difficult to give a voice warm up lesson online, but over the next few weeks I hope to give you a few pointers - and if I’m telling you things that you, as a sea...

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Poetics

Stress, Stress and More Stress

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POETICS

 

         Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to this thingy.  The noble intention behind this monthly series of articles is to share the knowledge of metre, rhythm, and poetic form that I have acquired through unnecessary hard labour.  This has driven me to insanity on at least four occasions, but the instructions contained herein should spare you from the frustrations I have suffered, and, indeed, the horror of the asylum. 

         This course will begin with a thorough exa...

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Dermot

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Welcome once again, to the editorial and points of view section of Write Out Quiet, the paramillitary wing of Write Out Loud.  December was a fantastic month marred only by the sad demise of Paul Blackburn.  He will be sorely missed and a play has been comissioned in his honour: Blackburn in Wonderland, and will be available when we get hold of some tipp-ex® and hastily change the name on an existing script, because it was either that or put some effort in.

 

And, good gracious,what a...

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Horoscopes

What Does the First Month of the New Year Hold in Store?

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So that was Christmas, and what have you done?  You've probably put on weight.  Go for a run.  And after you have done so, you will probably do the following...

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 19)

                You start the year like a snowboarding leopard, with a strong instinct for adventure and risk-taking and the charm of a man with a quiff. Now is the time to take to the stage with some new material, perhaps that stuff you never thought anyone would understand...

 

Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20...

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Sympathetic Sybil

The Trouble with my "R"s

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Sympathetic Sybil is Write Out Loud's own Agony Aunt...

Dear Sympathetic Sybil,

When performing my poems or those of other people I find I have trouble with my Rs, and this makes me terribly self-conscious. I have found that I have been using fewer of them lately (or recently) out of fear that I will be always (or forever) known as the man who said "the stutterwing wifles wapid waffle".  Quite frankly, I sound more like Frank Muir, because I tend to swallow my Rs, if you can picture that image.

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Poem of the month

H2O

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This month's poem was chosen by Ross Kightly. Ross read through every poem on every profile and says it was very difficult to choose a winner. He narrowed it down to a shortlist of 25 and then, eventually, chose this one. He says, "It manages to make a single molecule so articulate and significant! Finally, it’s always a matter of personal taste, I suppose, and - as a non-scientist craving scientific literacy -  I tend to respond positively to poems that are coming from where this one ...

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Review

Wirral's Winter - Where?

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Apparently, less than one percent of the world’s authors, writers and poets are published, and when I say ‘published’ I’m talking about published in the old-fashioned sense. Where a third-party deems your work suitable, worthy, and now MUCH more importantly - COMMERCIAL enough to publish.

So, given THAT information, it would seem that the notions, concepts and ideologies that have influenced the whole of the literary world are left to the responsibility of just a few. The remaining ninety...

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Trippin'

Knit Your Own World Tour

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Trippin' is a regular column with guest writers telling us about the poetry scene where they are or, as in this case, about the experiences of a travelling poet. Send your articles for consideration in this section to paul@writeoutloud.net.

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Knit Your Own World Tour

Are you keen add an international flavour to your poetry CV and meet poets in other countries?  It might be easier than you think to get overseas gigs. 

 

True story:  My first poetry gi...

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What I do ...

We are (non-rhyming) poets, and we're not cognisant of it

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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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Here’s what I do: Along with primary school teacher Kate McGann, I take performance poetry into nurseries and primary...

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Review

A Tree With a Thousand Wings by Harish Meenashru

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The first thing to say about this book is that it’s beautiful; I’m used to reading slim volumes of verse that all, no matter how good or indifferent the content is, tend to look the same. ‘A Tree with a Thousand Wings’ is gorgeously small like a pocket diary, hardbacked and presented in a slipcase; it feels like something you want to treasure, to return to again and again as its wisdom seeps into you over the years.

The poems are like the presentation; beautiful, memorable, different. Mee...

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