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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
htt...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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