News articles April 2010
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
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...
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.
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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; ...
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...
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, ...
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 JastrzÄbska, Jo Slade, Catherine Smith, and many oth...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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
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 ...
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....
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...
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.