Articles in 2011
Symphony Hall Birmingham’s poet in residence, Julie Boden, is appearing at the PureandGoodandRight open mic night on Monday 9 May at the Sozzled Sausage in Leamington Spa. Julie has appeared on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Poetry Societies and Poetry Please, and Radio 3’s The Verb. Her published poetry collections include Through the Eye of a Crow, Wasted Lives, Bluebeard’s Wife, and Aheenthi, which has been translated into Gujarati. She was also Birmingham’s poet laureate in 2002-03. Admisson £3...
Friday Night Writers – on 13 May - is one of London’s newest events for book launches, readings and open mics, at Swiss Cottage library art gallery. If you read your poetry or prose in the open mic session at each event you’ll have a chance to submit to the annual Friday Night Anthology, published by Ward Wood. The first anthology will appear in June 2012 from this year’s readings.
It isn’t just for London writers – bookings so far include north of England writers David Cooke, Keith Arms...
Gillian Allnutt, guest poet at the New Beehive Inn at Westgate, Bradford on Monday 9 May, has published seven collections, including Nantucket and
the Angel and Lintel, both shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize. Her
latest collection is How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe,
2007). Time: 8.30 pm. Suggested donation: £3.
Write Out Loud Middleton will be making an early start at the Ring O'Bells this Sunday, 1 May, kicking off at the earlier time of 6.30pm, and finishing at 8.30 pm. Hilary Murray is this month's guest, a master of locally-themed, dialect poetry. Last month's guest, Rod Whitworth, is this month making his debut as a compere. Why the early start? There's a quiz at the pub at 9. Organisers promise they won't making a habit of such an early kick-off! More details and map
Wendy Cope, Simon Armitage and Glyn Maxwell headline an impressive array of poets at the Norfolk and Norwich festival from 6-21 May. Cope, who recently sold her archive including 40,000 emails to the British Library for a reported £32,000, will be appearing on Thursday 12 May at Norwich Playhouse.
Armitage and Maxwell will be appearing at the Playhouse on Thursday 19 May. There will also be performances from Tim Turnbull, Martin Figura, Molly Naylor, and Hannah Jane Walker at Norwich A...
Driftnet Poets of Grimsby will be joined by Paul Sutherland and Afifa Ematullah to read a selection of poems including a first performance of April Renga, at Grant Thorold library, Durham Road, Grimsby, on Saturday 30 April at 2pm, admission free. Driftnet Poets is a long-established poetry group in Grimsby. Paul Sutherland is a British-Canadian poet, who has had seven collections published. Afifa Ematullah is a Sufi poet and artist who has read her poems widely in the UK, Canada and the US. ...
It’s not too late to consider entering for the Bridport poetry prize, one of the most prestigious awards around. First prize is £5,000, and the top four poems are entered for the Forward Prize for Poetry (best single poem category). This year’s judge is Carol Ann Duffy. The closing date for 2011 entries is 30 June. Bridport’s International Creative Competition also has short story and flash fiction categories. More poetry contest details
Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has responded to the royal wedding by composing a poem called Rings that does not mention Prince William and Kate Middleton at all.
Rings, published in the Saturday Review of the Guardian, appears as part of an anthology of 22 poems she commissioned from poets across Britain - including the national poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, pictured - in celebration of weddings and civil partnerships in all their forms.
Other poets who have contributed include Sco...
Luke Wright, a regular on BBC Radio 4's Sony Award-winning Saturday Live - he also featured in Channel 4's Seven Ages of Love - is appearing on Wednesday, April 27 at the Unity theatre in Liverpool at 8pm. In his Cynical Ballads show, Luke shines his light on obese teenagers, jaded chip shop proprietors and posh twits,as he leads us through the run down shopping precincts and airless television studios of modern Britain. There's also a special WOL ticket price. Quote “Write Out Loud” and ge...
Radio 4 slam finalist Michael Wilson and Mark Mace Smith (aka Thud Dub) are guest poets at the Secret Writers Saturday Night Out at Indiependence, King street West, Wigan on Saturday night, 30 April. Also on the bill is comedy sketch act Kooky Babooshka, pictured, who arrive highly recommended from the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Plus open mic performers from all over the north-west. Doors open at 7.30, show starts at 8, and it’s free. It’s listed as part of the annual Leigh and Wigan Words To...
Congratulations to David Cooke, who has just published his first collection of poetry, In the Distance, in more than 20 years. David, a regular on Write Out Loud, won a Gregory award in 1977 while a student at Nottingham University. Other recipients of this award for promising young poets over the years have included Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Alice Oswald, Mick Imlah, and Jackie Kay.
A collection, Brueghel’s Dancers, was published in 1984. Then followed a long silence, partly due ...
Ben Mellor won the Write Out Loud-organised North West heat of the BBC Radio 4 slam championship, before going on to win the final. His recently-released CD is reviewed here by Cynthia Buell Thomas.
Ben Mellor’s CD ‘Light Made Solid’ is a shortened version of his book of the same name. ‘Light Made Solid’ from “I am light made solid” (On Paper) is an ingenious summary of his philosophy of modern revolution: it is within the power of the pen to abort society’s dissolution - with Art, not...
Do you wear special clothes when you are writing? This may seem a daft question – and maybe it is - but according to a survey by the magazine Mslexia, only 48% of women writers wear “normal” clothes to do their writing in.
Over 4,000 women writers responded to Mslexia’s survey, which is reported in the latest issue of the magazine. The survey also reveals that one in seven women writers “normally” write in their nightclothes – and one in 50 write naked, either in bed or in the bath.
Liverpool’s Writing on the Wall festival presents a poetry evening in support of poet Lily Mosini’s campaign against deportation at the Bluecoat in Liverpool on Thursday 19 May. Reading with Lily Mosini will be poets Rommi Smith and Clare Shaw, award-winning writer Brian Chikwava and Gambian-born novelist Dayo Forster. Lily Mosini has experienced brutal persecution in Iran because of her work, and has the threat of deportation hanging above her – something that would put her life at risk. Ven...
Three poetry collections have made it on to the long list for Wales book of the year 2011. In Doctor Placebo (Shearsman Books) by Alan Wall, pictured, Doctor Placebo as a medical practitioner broods about his patients; as a writer he broods about his poems. Patrick McGuinness’s Jilted City (Carcanet) finds unforeseen connections between place and displacement. Pascale Petit’s collection, What the Water Gave Me: Poems After Frida Kahlo (Seren), is spoken in the voice of the Mexican painter Fri...
High streets shops in the fetching Shropshire town of Much Wenlock will be displaying their favourite love poems in a nod to the royal wedding, during the second Wenlock poetry festival taking place from 29 April to 1 May.
Organisers promise the streets will be “humming and buzzing all weekend”. Apart from poetry readings from big names including Jo Shapcott, Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Jackie Kay and Andrew Motion, there will be performance poetry, poetry choir, poetry take-away, kn...
Linda Chase, an important figure on the Manchester poetry scene and beyond, has died after a short illness. A published poet with Carcanet, she was involved in the opening of the Manchester branch of the Poetry School, and, with her friend, musician Chris Davies, started the popular performance series Poets and Players, with venues in South Manchester, the Whitworth Gallery and St Ann's church in the city centre, showcasing new writers and musicians. She grew up on the North Shore of Long Isl...
It's not too late to enter the 2011 National Poetry Competition - and if you're thinking it's far too high a prize to aim for, think again. The 2010 winning poem was by an unpublished poet. Paul Adrian, who saw the entry form for the competition on his library noticeboard. Click here for details on entering.
The closing date is 31 October. First prize is £5,000, second prize, £2,000, third, £1,000. There are also seven commendations: £100 for each. The top three winning poems will be publ...
The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has penned an angry poetic response to the Arts Council spending cuts announced just over a week ago. Titled A Cut Back, in the style of Louis MacNeice’s Bagpipe Music, it laments that “the only bloody writing’s now the writing on the wall” and also includes a mention for “coalition shysters” and “pigging bankers”.
Published in the Review section of the Guardian, it is accompanied by notes listing other high-profile poetry casualties of the arts cuts, i...
A festival much-enjoyed by WOL members - click on the link to see the poem by Joy - is coming up again on 10 and 11 June. Set just 50 metres from the shore of England’s largest and most beautiful natural lake (Windermere), the Imploding Inevitable Festival, now in its second year, prides itself in being one of the few totally independent festivals, and also one of the UK’s most intimate, hosting just 200 weekend tickets. It also takes great consideration of the surrounding area being one the ...
Do you have something poetic to say about current events in the world? Can you say it evocatively, with passion, rage, compassion and/or humour? A new blog - Poetry 24 - is looking for topical news-related poems, and would be particularly interested in recent YouTube video clips or audio of performance poets. Set up by Liverpool's Clare Kirwan and ex-columnist Martin Hodges, the site has already attracted submissions from poets around the world on subjects as diverse as fat cats and Fukushima...
Bristol Spring Poetry Festival from Friday 15 April to Sunday 17 April brings together entertaining, inspirational and award-winning poets from the Bristol, the south-west, UK and beyond at the Anrolfini arts centre and gallery at Narrow Quay Map.
Featuring Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Bentley, pictured, Opaque and Spoken Word All Stars, it’s a programme for all tastes. You can book tickets now by visiting the Arnolfini website
The Arts Council has defended its funding cut to the Poetry Book Society (PBS).
In a letter to the Times, Antonia Byatt, pictured, director of literature at Arts Council England, said the "reach and distribution" of the PBS "was not as wide or effective as other applicants'". She added that the Arts Council had "actually increased its investment in poetry and poetry publishing".
She said: "Following the cut to the Arts Council budget we said tough choices would have to be made and tha...
The literature festival at St Ives, now in its fourth year, kicked off from Saturday 7 May until Sunday 15 May, with local and national writers, performers and poets covering story-telling and poetry to literary fiction, life writing and popular history.
Organised events take place at St Ives Arts Club, pictured, St Ives Library, the Harbour Bookshop and Cafe Art. There are workshops by professional authors covering the how-to of poetry, storytelling, travel writing, and life writing. Out...
Describing itself as the ‘world's largest non-juried poetry festival’ and running from April 7-10, this open-mic-focused festival has a fantastic array of events and happenings.
There are readings, workshops and open-mic and round-table opportunities throughout the week, including Night of Poetry – an all-nighter during which an instant anthology is published by Thom Moon Bird, aka Thom the world poet who appeared at Write Out Loud’s heat of the Hammer and Tongue Four Continents slam even...
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Alison Johnson chose this months poem. She says of it, "I love this one for all manner of reasons - the rhythm, the way she manages the line breaks to add to the emphasis and meaning, and the emotion of the poem. Is she tongue in cheek, is she angry, is she cleverly putting herself in someone else's place. Wonderful!"Find out more about Val and her work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/valeriecook
My Heart's Triumphant Cry
This day I will remember
As the first day in my l...
That's how Manchester Library’s lunchtime poetry sessions, curated by that wonderful literary impresario, Libby Tempest, have been described.
Mad days indeed, with their colleagues in other authorities closing libraries (is that not more violent than smashing a window?) what a thrill, how reassuring, to see Manchester running lunchtime poetry gigs. (That’s 'dinner time' to us northerners.)
Libby's latest oasis is on 8th april, 13.00 – 14.00, when you can witness the melifluity of DONN...
York-based Stairwell Books is to publish Dream Catcher magazine. Dream Catcher, founded in 1996, has had a reputation for the excellence and eclectic nature of its writing. The periodical has had a significant international appeal and recent special editions have focussed on Canadian, and Bosnian and Croatian writing.
Paul Sutherland, the founder of Dream Catcher, said: “This arrangement allows me to concentrate on finding new distinctive writing and art work.” Rose Drew, founder of Stair...
Siegfried Sassoon was one of the great first world war poets. He won the Military Cross, then became a conscientious objector, and met Wilfred Owen when he was sent to Craiglockhart hospital in Scotland by the powers-that-be to get him out of the news. He was also an excellent cricketer and played for his county, Kent. This month’s talk on Friday April 8 at Lancashire and Cheshire Branch of the Western Front Association is by Denis Silk, a past-president of the MCC who met Sassoon and became...
Write Out Loud went quiet yesterday,
your wordless screens all blank.
We don’t yet know what happened,
who to blame (or who to thank?).
Sure it’s not political,
Pentagon, say, or Kremlin,
we don’t think it’s connected
to recent niggling gremlins.
Though the tireless tech team
is at work behind the scenes,
of which, we’re sure, you dream,
they haven’t touched the software
at all during the day,
so they hav...
There’s a fine and eclectic lineup of writers and music at the Fourth Forge at Gort Literature Festival this Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 March, at Gort, Co Galway, organised by the Western Writers' Centre, Ionad Scribhneoiri Chaitlín Maude,Galway.
Among the festival participants are The Poetry Chicks, journalist Olaf Tyaransen, poets Noel Monahan, Matt Mooney, Patrick Stack, The Clare Three-legged Stool Writers' Group, poet and musician Clare Sawtell, poet and political activist Sarah...
This month's guest, Rod Whitworth, a well-loved regular of the Middleton night only took up poetry in 2007. He describes himself as "passionate about the obvious things" including his wife (aw) and writing. Norman Warwick from Just Poets is this month's guest compere.
The Middelton night is well known to be relaxed and welcoming. Poets...
Innverse, a poetry readaround - no sign-up, no mic, no pressure – has returned to Sanbar in Grosvenor Street, Manchester. Started three years ago by Simon Rennie who wanted a space for everyone to share and discuss poetry, Innverse has been taking a sabbatical. Simon has passed the torch on to Anna Percy and Dermot Glennon.
Innverse returns as a monthly event on the last Monday of the month. Come along and read your own work or another poet's - or just to listen.
Date: Tonight, Monda...
Here's a great name for a writers' group, COZI Writers. It sounds all pipe and slippers by the fireside, all friendly-like. So it ought to be, being run by ex-Write Out Loud coordinator for Sale, Steve O'Connor who, we have it on very good authority, is an inspiring tutor. It's so friendly you can drop in and dip out if you can't attend weekly, and although there's a kitty for people who can contribute a few bob, you don't have to if you're skint.
Steve tells us newcomers are always welco...
The 2011 Tenby Arts Festival Writing Competition is now open. Closing date for entries is 15 July, 2011. There are two categories - short story and poetry - and prizes are the same for each category: first prize 150, second prize £70, third prize £50. There are also prizes of £25 for the best story and the best poem entered by writers resident in West Wales.
Short stories should not exceed 1,500 words. Poems should be a maximum length of 40 lines. Entry fees are £4 for each short...
Anne Stevenson and Penelope Shuttle are performing at the latest Camden monthly poetry evening, presented by Ruth O’Callaghan, to raise money for the homeless.
Poets from the floor are very welcome, with some longer spots available. Please bring a copy of your poem if you wish to be considered for the new anthology, which will be edited by Ruth O'Callaghan.
Date: Friday 1 April. Venue: Trinity United Reformed Church, 1 Buck St, Camden Town (1-2 mins, Camden Town tube). Time: 7pm...
Calling all writers, poets, musicians, performance artists, actors and comedians - ‘42’ is Worcester’s gothic, horror, sci-fi and fantasy open mic night on Friday 25 March for all those who love the genres and everything in between. Why 42? It takes its title from Douglas Adams’ great answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.
Anyone interested in performing should email the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each performer will be allotted 15 minutes for their set.
Date: 25 March....
On a Monday for one month only!
Write Out Loud presents...
...A great event at the Waterside with an open mic and three superb guests.
First time readers are especially welcome. Open mic spaces available on a first come, first served basis. If you want a space, get there early as spaces go quickly!
Our fabulous guests this month are:
A popular turn at open mic nights around Manchester, Josh is an emerging talent and this will be his first ever guest slot. History in the...
Slam poets have an embarrassment of events to choose from over the next month with 12 listed on the gig guide (see list, below)
Not everyone’s cup of tea, slams can be divisive or great fun, depending on your point of view. Having made a bob or two from them I support slams for seasoned, thick-skinned tired old poets like me, but not for tyros. They are good for giving folks something to aim for as well as introducing poetry as entertainment to new people, those who might not otherwise go...
March’s Word of Mouth sees two of Britain’s most exciting poets take over the Bristol Old Vic’s Basement for a night of razor-sharp spoken word, and it's all hosted by Byron Vincent
Cynical Ballads by Luke Wright - “Seven caustic tales from Broken Britain”, plus Elvis McGonagall (see his Write Out Loud profile).
Word of Mouth, Bristol Old Vic Basement, Thursday 17 March, 8 pm £8 & £6
Box Office : 0117 987 7877
More info including map of the venue in the gig guide.
Tonight, 31 March, Cardiff’s Pierhead hosts its first arts event when Spoken Word All Stars, make their first foray into Wales.
With five poets and one musician, the free show includes international award winners and acclaimed performers Kat Francois, OneNess, El Crisis and Chris Redmond, as well as local poet and head of Academi, Peter Finch - whose poetic words can be seen set in concrete outside the new Central Library.
Accompanied by the globally renowned sax player Jason Yarde, this ...
Under the direction of Carol Ann Duffy, MMU’s Writing School launches its second Manchester Fiction Prize of £10,000 for the best short story, open internationally to new and established writers 16+.
Submit a story up to 3,000 words on any subject, any style, but must be fiction and new work, not published elsewhere during this competition. Prizes are awarded as part of the 2011 Manchester Literature Festival and the competition is judged by Heather Beck, John Burnside, Alison MacLeod and N...
Wakefield's finest (poetry organisation) is keen to receive your poem and to pay you £100 for it - providing it wins, of course. the REd Shed poetry competition, 2011, is now open.
Prizes: 1st - £100 2nd - £50; Wakefield Postcode prize—£25
Sole adjudicator: Robert Powell
Closing date: Friday 29th April, 2011
Go to it!
Not strictly poetry perhaps, but Liverpool’s Unity Theatre hosts a unique celebration of women’s courage, perseverance and outrageousness with real-life stories from around the world; from the disabled woman organising a ‘pee protest’ to secure her right to a accessible toilet, to the ‘smutmonger’ who breaks boundaries to write about sex, and those women who risked their lives to highlight child prostitution and honour killings.
After the show the audience is invited to join in a...
February's Write Angle had people rushing to get in – till there was standing room only. Many new people, along with those who 'won't miss it' . The word is spreading – or should we say the fame of 'the Spoken Word'and Open Mic, is spreading! Poetry is hitting radio, TV and even being made into films, BIG TIME! The evening held the anticipication as ever, of the unexpected!
Mike Knee started out with guitar, singing, 'Changing Lives in Bordon' – about someone in his band, mistaken for Piers...
I remember going to a poetry reading at the Bluecoat, in Liverpool, a few years back. Gordon D Henry was reading and there was a Q&A session after. The first question asked from the audience left me gobsmacked at the arrogance of the questioner, who wanted to know how she could best use her poetry to put across her anti-racism.
It was not simply her self-delusion of grandeur that rankled me but also that question implied that poetry was no better than journalism or propaganda. Sh...
What do you get if you cross a cat with a weazle? A: |cat x weazle x sin (theta)|, where theta is the angle between
What a honky-tonking, stonking
Poetry performing, barnstorming
Meek and haughty
cello and piano-their-forte
Dynamic, eclectic, electric
Night it was at Kilburn’s Catweazle
When I visited.
No causal link, nor said in drink
I just think
North London Tavern,
comes alive, this dive
along the old A5, where you can drive
all the way to Holyhead
though best to stay, ...
Dudley’s list of screen roles is legendary, but now he is playing with words, in his ”struggle against respectability” as he calls it.Cult actor Dudley Sutton will be appearing at London’s BEAT poetry and acoustic night this Monday. And it’s free! He is supported by Siofra McSherry - Irish Oxbridge poet/lecturer with a voice with ancient depth spiced with the fresh breath of youth; Tomas Adejumo with his soulful love poetry and a voice that could put Barry White out of business; award-winning...
Breaking Cycles is a master class provided by Benji Reid to allow you to expand your range as a performer and gain a better understanding of the relationship between action and the spoken word.
Benji was body-popping champion and co-choreographer for Soul II Soul. He studied physical performance with Philippe Gaulier, and has had sold-out performances at the National Theatre, Sydney Opera House and PS 122 in New York.
And he will be at Lancaster running this intriguing workshop on 3/3...
Described by Lemn Sissay as “a pure undiluted talent, concentrated”, Ben Mellor was a winner of the Write Out Loud organized North West heat, and went to become national champion, of the 2009 BBC Radio 4 Poetry slam. Now he has produced a CD to go with his book, Light Made Solid. And there’s a special deal available!
If you were there that night at the Green Room – who wasn’t? – you will know that Ben is a superb poet and performer, so here’s a chance to read and hear many of his award-winn...
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Ray Miller chose this month's poem. He says of it, "What I admire about the poem is its restraint and dignity, even the rhymes are spare and unobtrusive.It is a heart rending poem which manages to steer clear of self-pity."
Find out more about Alison and her poetry at http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/alisonjohnson
Wife and Mother
I have not eagerly sought a blue line,
gulped down a budding desire for a plus.
I have seen the results of a CAT scan,
and been told the sente...
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 ...
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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,