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Betjeman slam at Wantage festival

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A poetry slam is planned as one of the attractions at a festival celebrating Sir John Betjeman’s long associations with the Oxfordshire town of Wantage from 11-17 September. There are also poetry workshops and readings featuring Jane Draycott, Ros Barber, and Valerie Laws, plus a host of other literary events, as well as a teddy bears’ picnic and a silver band.  The slam – we’re sure the great man would have approved – is on Monday 12 September at 7.30 pm at Shush, The Regent Mall, Newbury St...

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Spreading the word: independent poetry presses show off wares

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Two fairs are displaying the wares of independent poetry presses this Saturday – in Leeds and London. Leeds Independent Presses Poetry Festival (LIPPfest), at The Carriageworks theatre, Leeds on 24 September, includes an independent presses book fair that will give people the chance to browse through a range of literature not to be found on the shelves of the average bookshop, as well as readings, workshops, symposiums, and publishing talks. Map Meanwhile in London  there’s a one-day book fai...

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Competitions

Deadline nears for Troubadour prize

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There's still time to enter the competition for the £2,500 Troubadour international poetry prize. Susan Wicks and David Harsent are the judges, with both reading all poems - not always the case with poetry competitions. The deadline is 17 October. 

The prizes are 1st  £2,500, 2nd £500, 3rd £250, & 20 prizes of £20 each a spring 2012 Coffee-House-poetry season ticket and a prizewinners’ Coffee-House poetry reading
with Wicks and Harsent on Monday 28 November for all prize-wnning poets. C...

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Support the homeless - with a chance to get your poetry published

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There’s the possibility of having your poetry published in a 20-page pamphlet while supporting the homeless, if you take part  in the International Lumen/Camden Poetry Competition 2012. The contest, organised with Ward Wood Publishing, is aimed at raising funds for the London Homeless Cold Weather Shelters Project. Last year’s competition, which was judged by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, raised over £2,000. The winning poem, An Apple Spouts Philosophy in an Office Car Park, by Caroline Squi...

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Poets battle it out at Durham mega slam

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Thirty poets are due to battle it out at a gigantic slam in Durham on Thursday 1 September. The Waddy Mega Slam, presented by Waddington Street Centre in association with Talking Pen, is part of a series of charity events in 2011 hosted by the centre, celebrating 30 years of mental health resource provision in County Durham. The poets will be battling for a £50 cash prize, trophy and title of Waddy Mega Slam Poetry Champion 2011. Admission is free, doors open 6.30pm, and the slam begins at 7p...

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The Manchester Writing School at MMU Presents…

The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University has announced a new series of free author events for autumn 2011, presented in partnership with the International Anthony Burgess Foundation <http://www.anthonyburgess.org/> .


The lineup is:

29 September: Rachel Cusk

20 October: Mimi Khalvati and Carola Luther (part of the 2011 Manchester Literature Festival)

27 October: Colin Bateman

10 November: Naomi Alderman

24 November: Laura Wilson

8 December: Alan Hollinghurst

The author...

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Courses

All that jazz - and Julian, too

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There’s a chance to sign up for writing workshops with Write Out Loud’s Julian Jordon on Monday evenings at Marsden library, Huddersfield in early autumn - and then maybe try your hand at Write Out Loud’s own poetry jam at the Marsden jazz festival in October. The jam itself will be at the Railway Inn, Marsden on Sunday 9 October from 11am to 1pm. The jazz festival runs from 7-9 October. Julian's workshops are on 19 and 26 September, and 3 October, from 7.30-9.30 pm. Cost is £2.50 per session...

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Hot pot of Lancashire poetry

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The search is on for the north-west’s best food poems for an anthology being published by Lancashire independent publisher Clitheroe Books Press.

The anthology, which is being published under the press’s new Poet’s Dozen imprint, will feature the best 13 poems from North West writers celebrating all things food.

The anthology is being published in association with Ribble Valley council to celebrate Clitheroe’s designation as Lancashire’s official food town and the forthcoming re-launc...

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Judithy Palmer reinstated as Director of Poetry Society

17 & 18  August 2011: Statements from the Board of Trustees

Statement 1: We are delighted to be able to report Judith Palmer’s return to the post of Director of the Poetry Society.

Judith Palmer demonstrated enormous strengths in this post and has been a committed and successful Director. Under Judith’s leadership the Poetry Society’s acclaimed artistic and educational programmes were expanded and audience reach extended dramatically. During the two and a half years she led the Societ...

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Poetry translation

New Weekly Poem Podcasts from the Poetry Translation Centre

                                                                          
                                                                                                               




The Poetry Translation Centre has launched a new series of weekly Poem Podcasts on
iTunes. Every Monday listeners will be introduced to a dazzling new poem by some of the world’s
best loved poets. Each poem podcast is read in two languages: in a superb English translation
followed by the poem in its or...

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Bolton becomes bi-monthly

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Bolton, birthplace of Write Out Loud, is famed for welcoming new and established poets in a supportive atmosphere. This will continue as the regular event moves to a new venue upstairs from the old one at Butterflies – the Gigs Bar where Jefferama runs the fabulously popular Guitar n Verse! & Friday Nite Live! Events.
 
The night will become bi-monthly with an earlier start time and more features, the next being Sunday 18 September, then Sunday 20 November and so on. The new start will be...

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PBS Benefit Reading

'Poetry Cuts' - November PBS Benefit in Manchester!

Poetry Book Society Benefit Reading
Manchester, 4th November

If you missed the London event, but would like to support the PBS, the next benefit will be in the Cosmo Rodewald Hall in Manchester on Friday November 4th and once again we'll have a brilliant line-up of poets, who are expected to include Simon Armitage, Sean O'Brien, Bill Herbert, Vona Groarke, John McAuliffe, Jake Polley, Paul Farley, David Morley, Jean Sprackland, Julian Turner, Rommi Smith, David Wheatley, Michael Symmons R...

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Welsh Poetry Competition anthology launched

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The Welsh Poetry Competition organisers have launched an anthology containing over 100 winning poems  taken from the first five years of the competition.

 

The anthology has poems by some fantastic writers, including Gavin Price, Emily Hinshelwood, John Gallas, Sally Spedding and David Costello. Even amongst our runners up, poets like Eloise Williams, Amanda Weeks, Clare Ferguson-Walker, Eluned Rees, Lynn Roberts, Nigel Ormond, Jane Fox, Kathy Miles and Moira Andrew would easily ...

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Reviews

A window on Italian cultures

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Minority not Minorities: A Window on Italian Cultures vol 1

Poets from Sardinia, Michael Pinna (ed.) Cinnamon Press

Reviewing an anthology differs from looking at a collection by a single author.  In the latter case there is usually some coherence of style, theme, linguistics, place or time in which to find a way in.  But the anthology offers to the reader differing poetic streams of consciousness. 

Anthologies present editors with many questions to be considered.  Where should th...

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Commentary

The beat of our hearts: how to combat poetry phobia

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Ever wondered why you don't get a better audience at your gig? 

Here's the answer.  Poetry phobia.  No, not the name of some trendy new spoken word event apparently, but the term given to a medical condition discussed by Dr DJ Taylor, pictured, in the recent issue of  Myslexia.  This worrying condition - technically referred to as “metrophobia”, is described by Dr Taylor as a “morbid fear of poetry”.  Apparently, the typical sufferer experiences  mild to acute discomfort when confronted w...

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Competitions

The Disappeared: British Red Cross writing competition

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The British Red Cross is organising a creative writing competition on the theme of The Disappeared. The closing date is 30 August. Entries should fit onto one side of A4 paper. Qhat qualifies? Poetry, prose, a comic strip, a short story, an excerpt from your diary, a song. Can be either typed or handwritten. Drawings and illustrations are welcomed, but should accompany the message, rather than be the message. Winner will receive a £50 cash prize and a £50 national book voucher. A compendium o...

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Ann Foxglove on the radio

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Write Out Loud poet Ann Foxglove will be reading from some of her work and interviewed later this month on Do The Write Thing, a new live programme on Redruth community radio with Sue Farmer.

Sue Farmer said: “Do The Write Thing is a whole hour dedicated to the spoken word every Friday from 3.30 to 4.30. Whether it is poetry, song, story, novel extracts, plays or film, we aim to enthral the listener and inspire writers out there. Each week I hope to bring you the best original work from l...

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Leeds Independent Presses Poetry Festival: tickets on sale

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Tickets are now on sale for the first Leeds Independent Presses Poetry Festival (LIPPfest) due to take place in The Carriageworks theatre, Leeds on 24 September. There will be readings from 25 top-class poets from all over the UK and from a broad range of presses, including Fiona Sampson, Peter Sansom, Amanda Dalton, Kei Miller, Ian Parks, Helen Mort, Clare Shaw, Allison McVety, Pat Borthwick and Mike Barlow. There will also be six workshops, symposiums and publishing talks. An independent pr...

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