Articles in 2011
Amida, the Sustainable Development Recruitment Agency, has launched a poetry competition with a sustainability theme, with your chance to win 2 return tickets to Paris!
Sample poems, from Amida's own employees, are currently on their blog to, hopefully, give you inspiration for your own poems.
Deadline for entries: Monday 14th March 2011 at 5pm.
Details here http://www.amida-recruit.com/event-details.aspx?q=3
There are some cracking events on at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival that starts this week and runs from 31st March to 3rd April 2011.
Yep, John Cooper Clarke, John Hegley, Bohdan Piesecki and lots, lots more poetry stuff including several open mic opportunities. Other highlights include:
The Gloucester Schools’ Poetry Slam, along with other s...
First come first served for a £30 last minute discount for an absolute bargain poetry fun weekend.
This whole event was brilliant! said one participant at our last Write Out Loud BIG weekend. Wonderful, superb, thank you, thank you! were more, typical of our 100% excellent feedback. Now you can find out what all the fuss was about by signing up for one of the last few places!
In fact, this time will be even better, with top-class writing workshops, great company, chance to hold your o...
Aesthetica Magazine is inviting all artists, writers and poets to submit their work for entry into the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition 2011.
Now in its 4th year, the Creative Works Competition is dedicated to celebrating and championing creative talent across three disciplines, indentifying new writers and artists and bringing them to international attention.
The competition has three categories – Poetry, Fiction and Artwork & Photography, and the winners and finalists from each...
The Buxton Poetry Competition 2001 is open for entries in 3 categories: Open Poetry (aged 19 and over), Young Peoples Poetry (ages 12 to 18) and Children’s Poetry (aged up to 12) - Age is as of 1st April 2011.
The theme of the competition is ‘Fire’ and poets are invited to use their imagination to interpret in anyway they please.
Prizes for the Open category: £300, £200 and £100
Prizes for the other categories: Book tokens
Closing Date for all entries is 1st April 2011.
Edith Wharton would compose in bed on a writing board propped upon her lap, while Roald Dahl conjured his creations in a shed at the bottom of his garden... When the Arvon Foundation asked some of their tutors where they liked to write, they had a great response. Poets Penelope Shuttle likes writing in the attic, while Simon Armitage admits his favourite place is in his head, and actress, writer and comedienne - Isy Suttie (pictured) likes to write in a messy bedroom amidst dirty clothes.
Litfest is inviting you to enjoy a rip-roaring Victorian mystery novel in your lunch-hour this month – Wilkie Collins’ classic ‘The Woman In White’. A suspenseful tale of madness and stolen identity, with a cast of weird and wonderful characters, it has been a readers’ favourite since its serialisation in 1859-60.
The popular Lunchtime Classics events are a 40-minute introduction to works of great literature, with a chance to hear excerpts read aloud. Dr Catherine Spooner from Lancaster U...
The 2011 Rhys Davies Short Story Competition could be your big chance to make your mark on the Welsh literary scene and get your hands on the First Prize of £1000. A further ten equal runner-up prizes of £100 are also available. Plus, the 2011 competition once again sees Academi working with BBC Radio Wales who will broadcast a selection of the winning stories on BBC Radio. Academi is delighted to announce that the 2011 competition will be judged by award-wining writers Trezza Azzopardi, Russ...
This year’s Huddersfield Literature Festival is taking place at various venues throughout the city from the 16th to 20th March.
The festival is launched with a celebration of 25 years of Peepal Tree Press. Though this is a free event tickets will go fast so it’s best to book early.
There are some well known and prestigious names taking part: David Peace, Anne Fine, Simon Armitage, David Nobbs, AL Kennedy and controversial teenage fiction writer Melvin Burgess.
The programme is pac...
Writers’ Centre Norwich has announced a series of writing workshops that are running throughout 2011.
Highlights include weekly short courses in poetry (led by Esther Morgan) and fiction writing (Stephen Foster), and a host of day workshops looking at writing for radio, poetry environments, literary agent consultation and more
To find out full details of all the courses click here
What have Elvis McGonagall (pictured), comedy songs and the hole-punch that you nicked from the office got in common? Well, they’re all featured on BBC Radio 4’s fantastic new comedy-cabaret poetry show ‘Wondermentalist Cabaret’.
Write Out Loud’s Julian Jordon has, thoughtfully, reviewed the first instalment for you. Read it now: http://writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=19160 but if you want to listen to that episode – you’ll have to be very quick, as you’ve only one day ...
Pighog Press have teamed up with the Centre for Community Engagement (CCE) and the Students Union at the University of Sussex to launch The Moss Rich 'Sounding the Site' Poetry Competition - celebrating Britain's oldest working poet, Moss Rich. Still captivating readers with his un-blunted brand of satirical verse, Moss Rich (pictured) is now in his 101st year!
The competition is only open to those living, or attending a secondary school, college, or university in Sussex. The theme is ‘Ro...
The 5th International Welsh Poetry Competition has just been opened to one and all and is now accepting entries.
The aim of the competition is still to encourage and reward the abundance of creative writing talent that exists in Wales, but you don’t have to be Welsh to enter as the competition is open to anyone from anywhere in the world.
This year’s competition will be judged by the winner of last year’s competition - Welsh writer Sally Spedding (pictured). Sally has published five n...
Write Out Loud poet, Kate Tym, is also part of a comedy song singing double act.... but her musical partner is leaving her... and she needs a new one!
She's looking for a female, aged between 30-ish to 50ish, who can play an accompanying instrument and sing to a fairly high standard. She should also be able to compose music to Kate's lyrics, work collaboratively, feel comfortable performing funny stuff and not mind rude!
It would also be great if you live within an hour's distance of ...
What we want
Write Out Quiet does not publish a lot of poetry, and most of that which we do put out there will either be messed with in some way, critiqued unflinchingly or reproduced in partial quotation only in order to illustrate a point made in an article.
Most of our output is in the form of articles and reviews. We are also keen to publish your views on both the ezine itself and poetry issues in general in our letters page, together with any amusing problems you’d like ...
Out of an audience of almost 50 people packing the room (who said January was noted for having small turnouts?), there were 20 Open Mikers including several professionals. Many poems were performed – not read. Amazing! The gig lasted longer than usual, and no one left! Another high energy evening for Write Angle, proving 'the spoken word' is becoming more popular, and is seen as clever and fun, rather than 'hard work'.
Write Angle's comic/poet, Mab Jones, in from Wales, had everyone in st...
Ooh! February! My favourite month! Off down to Hallmark to get a shed load of Vallies! Think I’ll send one to every lady poet on WOL! Bless!
Mars is giving you a boost
Then your chicks come home to roost
Don’t spend too much on wine and chocs
You could end up with writer’s block
Venus is in Capricorn
And things are looking gripping
You might win the lottery -
So no more bread and dripping!
With Mercury in Aq...
The Café Writers’ 2010 Poetry Competition received an entry of 1,936 poems.
The organisers give a huge thanks to all those who entered and hope the fact that you have contributed to maintaining their exciting programme and paying writers properly helps mitigate any disappointment, if you haven’t won.
The Judge Michael Symmons Roberts writes:
This year's bumper crop of poems for the Cafe Writers Competition made the judge's job a tough but fascinating one. As ever with open competitions, th...
In an ambitious attempt to go beyond the one-person show, and integrating all kinds of multi-media elements to tell a sci-fi story with hip-hop lyrics, Apples & Snakes have got together with the Birmingham Rep to bring you a ‘live, hip-hop graphic novel’ called The Rememberers.
Written and performed by Kenny Baraka, the story is set in 2150AD in Norflyn – the People’s Defence Training Basecamp– half a mile west of NorCon’s central facility. The story is of 16-year old ‘7’s discovery that ...
Birmingham’s new poetry night- ‘Hit the Ode’ is really gathering momentum, with the last edition almost filling the Victoria’s upstairs space to capacity. Each night features one act from the West Midlands, one from elsewhere in the UK, and, uniquely, one international guest.
The star-studded edition on Thursday, 10th February, will give Brummies the chance to see Coventry’s Fatima Al Matar, Bristol’s Byron Vincent, and New York’s Joshua Bennett, alongside local open mic poets, and reside...
The 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition is open and waiting for your entry. The first prize-winner will walk away with a cheque for £5,000 for just one poem. And with further prizes of £500 for second place and £250 for third (plus five runners up will each receive £50) – it’s a competition surely worth entering!
The competition is accessible to all; it doesn’t matter if you are an established poet or just dabble with verse now and then. All entries to the competition will be ju...
Warwick Words Writers’ Group will be reading their poetry, short prose and scripts followed by an open mic session on Thursday, 24 February 2011, at The Warwick Arms Hotel, High Street, Warwick.
Warwick Words Writers stemmed from the Warwick Words Festival of Literature and Spoken Word that started in October 2006, and writer Andrew Davies is their patron. The group still supports the Festival by promoting it through publicity and production of its work, and has a page on the Festival's...
Spoken Word All Stars presents an all-star cast of some of the brightest poets of the day, performing an original live show with the award-winning jazz musican Jason Yarde.
Kick back and enjoy as the All Stars wordsmiths take you on a journey of tales and thoughts, comedy, tragedy, romance, philosophy backed by an addictive mix of musical loops, addictive beats and seductive melodies.
Hosting by Wordlife's Joe Kriss, featuring Bradford poet Joolz Denby, poet, sin...
Manchester Literature Festival (which runs from Thursday, 13th to Sunday, 23rd October, 2011) is teaming up with ALL FM Community Radio Station for a project the will celebrate poetry along the A6 ‘corridor’, as well as offering you the opportunity to take part in a six week radio production course.
They are commissioning five poets from the area – Suzanne Batty, Helen Clare, Pete Kalu, Shamshad Khan, and Martin de Mello – to produce new poems set in, and around, the Stockport Road area o...
When Anna Akhmatova wrote in 1961 ‘there were four of us’, she was referring to a time fifty years before during what came to be known as Russia’s Silver Age when she wrote ‘Three Things Enchanted Him’ – the short poem that had such a profound and long-lasting effect on contemporary poetry with its realism and disaffection about love.
The three contemporaries Akhmatova (pictured, in a painting by her lover – Modigliani) referred to were Boris Pasternak, Osip Mandelstam, and Marina Tsveta...
StAnza, Scotland’s only festival dedicated to poetry, now has tickets on sale for its 2011 programme which runs from Wednesday, 16th until Sunday, 20th March.
Held every March since 1998, in Scotland’s oldest university town – St. Andrews, this international festival is a fantastic opportunity to hear world class poets reading in exciting and atmospheric venues, to experience a wide range of performances using music, film and dance together with poetry, to view exhibitions linking poetry ...
IMAGINATION-BASED POETRY WORKSHOP
WHEN? JULY 22-24 2011
WHO? CO-RUN BY NY POET GEORGE WALLACE AND UK POET GERALDINE GREEN
WHERE? AT MADDY PRIOR’S ‘’STONES BARN’’ – ROWELTOWN, CUMBRIA, UK
Stimulate your writing through exercises based on re-discovering and using your imaginative skills. Imagination-based poetry moves away from the traditional or confessionalist approach to writing poetry and, through magical realism, surrealism and fictive writing, permits the writer to crea...
Lancaster's Litfest is looking to work with a writer or writers on developing a piece of live literature.
The project will run through a series of meetings and rehearsals between the writer/s and Artistic Director, Andy Darby, and Publishing Development Manager, Sarah Hymas. The aim is to explore and develop of a piece of literature for performance. We do not expect to have a finished piece, performance-ready. by the end of the process. This is a time of play.
Andy and Sarah will offe...
New Year equals new health regimes, and this applies to poetry too! From writing great poetry with the likes of Esther Morgan and David Harsent to exploring poetry environments with David Morley, your poetry will never have felt better.
All corses held at Writers’ Centre Norwich Office, 14 Princes Street, Norwich, NR3 1AE. To book or find out more Call: 01603 877177 or email: email@example.com
Exploring Ideas and Beliefs in Poetry with Michael Symmons Roberts
Sunday 13th Feb...
Writing Poetry: the sound of a poem workshop with Elizabeth Burns. A series of workshops for poets of all levels of experiences. Date: Tuesdays 1st – 22nd March, 7-9pm at The Storey. Cost £45 (concs £35).
Elizabeth will lead an exploration of rhythm and rhyme, voice and tone, sound patterns and oral traditions – and how to make your poems sing. There will opportunities to write and read new work, share it with the group and offer feedback to others In this informal and thorough four week ...
Tickets are now available for the fourth Big Bilston Love Slam on Saturday, 12th February 2011. Fifteen poets will be judged by the audience as they perform their own poems until only two poets remain for a head-to-head final! This is performance poetry at its very best!
And all for the entrance price of just £10 a ticket (£9 concessions) – which includes a fantastic curry.
The evening will be hosted by Sara-Jane Arbury and Marcus Moore, and will start at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm) at th...
“We wish you a 2011 full of poetry” is the message greeting travellers on the Paris metro, buses and trains. Brightly-coloured posters with a few lines from well-known poets add cheer to dispel the winter gloom in the French capital.
Prévert, Aragon, Sabatier and our own William Blake have snatches of their work displayed on brightly-coloured posters designed to cheer up les Parisiens until 22nd January.
Unlike the popular “Poems on the Underground” this initiative does not display wh...
Do you know of any writers’ groups in your area? Perhaps you organise or are thinking of starting one? Well then, we’d like to hear about it!
We know from our own experience that groups are not only enjoyable, but more often than not, very worthwhile in helping you develop as a writer, stimulating the imagination, and connecting with other poets. But sometimes they’re not easy to find out about. So we thought, how about a guide to Writers’ Groups around the country? – or beyond!
The Ledbury Poetry Festival has launched its annual poetry competition for 2011 and are delighted that Ty Newydd, the National Writers’ Centre for Wales has again agreed to sponsor the first prize.
There are three categories in the competition: Adults (judged by Anthony Thwaite), Young People (12 – 17) and Children (judged by Mandy Ross).
Category 1 - Adult (18 and over)
First Prize Ty Newydd writing course in 2011
Second Prize ...
I recently(ish) returned from an 8 week trip around the world. It was an amazing journey, which I miss now, though there are comforts in being home too of course. It was a journey in search of secrets about my father, family history in Eastern Europe, and the American dream in USA, amongst other things. I wrote a blog whilst on it: http://emmadecent.wordpress.comif you’re interested. However the poetry highlight was Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam - ‘where slam began’ in 1987 - organised and sti...
Ahah!!! 2011 an’ all that! A time for New Year’s Resolutions I hear you cry (BOOO HOOO! Here‘s a hankie!) Well, alright then! (Note to self re 2011 - mustmustmust install an electric cooker.)
On the horns of a dilemma you may be
So many outcomes in the stars I see
But my turban’s slipped right o’er my face
And your future’s looking all over the place!
But when you win the lottery think of me!!
You’ll pound your hooves now
In Writing classes I like to quote the opening of Capote’s novella, Breakfast at Tiffany’s: ‘I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighbourhoods, For instance, there is a brownstone in the East Seventies where, during the early years of the war, I had my first New York apartment.’ Each time I quote this I ask the class why it is so compelling an opening. Everyone agrees it is good, but no student can say why, nor can I. ‘I am always drawn back to the plac...
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This month's poem was chosen by David Cooke.
To find more about Greg and his work: http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/gregfreeman
My brother only dressed as a Ted
To avoid weekend dust-ups; he couldn’t
Stand rock and roll. At home, in his room,
He strolled forwards, then back,
Wearing a glazed, intellectual smile.
At night he belted home on his bike,
The last outlaw fleeing Henry Fonda,
Or maybe Henry Ford.
He’d run up to his room, slam the door shut,