March 2012April 2012 Articles (News)May 2012

News

Sixty poems to mark Queen's 60 years

entry picture

Leading poets, including Gillian Clarke, Geoffrey Hill, Brian Patten, Liz Lochhead, Christpher Reid, Wendy Cope, John Burnside, Simon Armitage, Philip Gross, Sean O’brien and Jo Shapcott, as well as the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, have contributed to a book of poetry marking the Queen’s 60 years, each poet writing about one particular year. The final poem, The Thames, London 2012, is by Duffy. The poems can be read here

Read and leave comments (13)

News

That poetry podium feeling: Greenheart prize-winner Laura on a grand night out

entry picture

Back in December 2011, I read a news article on WOL about a national poetry competition run in conjunction with the Leigh and Wigan Words literary festival.  The core theme was the local environment, specifically Greenheart regional park, and the development of previously industrial land to provide beautiful green spaces for visitors to enjoy.  Having spent many happy hours strolling around areas such as Haigh country park, Pennington Flash and the Three Sisters, I was intrigued and decided...

Read and leave comments (23)

News

Shoot, then ask questions ... Manchester gets its first weekly poetry night

entry picture

Manchester’s first weekly poetry night – Bang Said The Gun: Manchester - is launched this week at the Old Nag’s Head, in Jacksons Row, off Deansgate.

Bang Said The Gun in London is considered one of the best poetry nights in the country and has recently been reaching over 4 million viewers on Channel 4’s Random Acts.

The night will celebrate the best in local and national poets as well as offering audience members the chance to compete for the coveted Golden Gun prize in the T...

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Liverpool legend Brian Patten at Norfolk poetry festival

entry picture

One of the legendary Liverpool poets, Brian Patten, is appearing at Poetry-next-the-sea, at Wells-next-the sea, Norfolk, a festival taking place from 11-13 May. Patten made his name in the 1960s, alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough, in the 1967 joint anthology, The Mersey Sound, which is now a Penguin Modern Classic. In recent years he has written a number of poetry collections for children. Others on the weekend’s bill include Dame Gillian Beer, Matthew Hollis, Jon Siddique, and Jea...

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Jukebox jury at Cheltenham poetry festival

entry picture

Cheltenham poetry festival moves into its final two days this weekend, with a huge lineup of talent and a crowded timetable. Saturday highlights include  Matthew Barton on nature poetry, Cliff Yates and festival director Anna Saunders, slam champ Jack Dean, Joy-Amy Wigman, pictured, and local football poet Gary Steer included on the bill in Perfectly Performed, and Nine Arches poetry jukebox, with Luke Kennard, Daniel Sluman and Phil Brown, and the audience getting a say in the subject matte...

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Rob Goodier at Write Out Loud Middleton on Sunday

entry picture

Rob Goodier is guest poet at Write Out Loud Middleton on Sunday 22 April. All are welcome to read their poems in an encouraging and supportive open mic environment, with entry a £2 donation. It starts at 7pm at the Ring O'Bells pub, St Leonards Square, Middleton. More details and Map

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Mab Jones bursts into flower at National Botanic Garden

entry picture

A poem last year about a giant, spiky plant from the Andes planted the seed of an idea … and now Write Out Loud’s regular performance poetry diarist, Mab Jones, has been appointed the first poet in residence at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Mab, who recently represented Wales at a cultural festival in Japan, will be resident bard at the Garden from this weekend, the 21-22 April, just before Shakespeare’s birthday on the 23rd, and she will be offering readings and workshops over...

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Dominic Berry's Wizard goes on tour

entry picture

After its sell-out nights in Manchester Dominic Berry is taking his Wizard poetry-fantasy-theatre show on tour. After appearing in Petersfield last week, on 1 and 2 May he is in London, at the Cockpit, Gateforth Street, Marylebone, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10/£6, book online or phone 020 7258 2925. On Thursday 3 May he is at the ACE Centre, Cross Street, Nelson, at 6.30pm. Tickets: £8/4, book online  or phone 01282 661 080. A week later the Wizard will appear at Oxford University’s C...

Read and leave comments (2)

News

Gwyneth Lewis to judge Bridport poetry competition

entry picture

Gwyneth Lewis is the judge for this year’s Bridport poetry prize, one of the biggest around. The top three prizes are £5,000, £1,000 and £500, plus 10 supplemmentary prizes of £50 each, and the closing date is 31 May. The top four poems are submitted to the Forward Prize for best single poem. The fee is £7 per poem, and all entries are judged anonymously. Gwyneth Lewis was the National Poet of Wales 2005-06. She is an award-winning author of eight books of poetry, her latest is Sparrow...

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Benjamin Zephaniah at Liverpool festival debate

entry picture

Award-winning performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah will be at Liverpool’s Writing on the Wall festival on 1 May at a debate entitled: Multiculturalism or muscular liberalism? at the small concert room at St George’s Hall at 7.30pm. Is multiculturalism the new whipping boy for the economic crisis or has it really failed?  Does it undermine western values? What are western values and what does it mean to be British? Is David Cameron’s “muscular liberalism” the answer, or will it lead...

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Homage to poetic heroes and heroines at WOL Marsden

entry picture

Open micers are invited to read from a favourite poet as an optional change from reading their own work at Write Out Loud Marsden on Wednesday 18 April. Compered by WOL’s co-founder Julian Jordan, the evening begins at 7.30 at Marsden Mechanics Hall, Peel Street. Short storytellers and singer-songwriters are also invited, and there is a big welcome mat for beginners. Contact Julian at 01484 843366. More details and Map 

 

 

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Slam teams battle it out in Cheltenham festival contest

entry picture

Four slam teams led by Amy Rainbow, Jonny Fluffypunk, Spoz Esposito, and Fergus McGonigal go head to head for the Cheltenham poetry festival cup at Cheltenham town hall on Friday 20 April. It takes place from 9pm to 10.45 pm, and tickets are £7/£5, available from 0844 576 2210. This comes after a high school slam the previous night at the town hall, with secondary schools across Gloucestershire in a spoken word stand-off.   

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Keisha Thompson at Write Out Loud Sale

entry picture

Keisha Thompson, a member of the Young Identity group of young poets and performers based in Manchester, will be appearing at Write Out Loud Sale at Waterside arts centre on Tuesday 17 April. Also on the bill are Richard Lancaster and Write Out Loud regular John Darwin. The event, hosted by Rod Tame, starts at 7.30. There is also an open mic, of course, with first-time readers especially welcome, and spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis.  More details and Map

 

 

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Twenty-six poets lined up for spoken word marathon

entry picture

A team of 26 poets will be celebrating Manchester’s first marathon in 10 years by staging a three-hour poetry marathon on behalf of Freedom from Torture on Wednesday 2 May at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, Manchester. Poets already confirmed include Ben Mellor (pictured), Segun Lee-French, Martin de Mello, Cathy Bolton, Col Bashir, Shamshad Khan, Elmi Ali, and Keisha Thompson.

The event, starting at 6.30pm, is expected to last the time a (good!) runner wou...

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Big poetry festivals this weekend at Cheltenham and Bristol

entry picture

This coming weekend sees two big poetry festivals at Cheltenham and Bristol. 

18-22 April: TV presenter and poet Owen Sheers, hip-hop star Dizraeli, Penelope Shuttle, slam-champs Ash Dickinson and Jack Dean, the animation and poetry show Under Stokes Croft, poets from Worcester Literary Festival, a four-team slam, prize-winning poet Cliff Yates, Helen Mort,  ‘The Brewery Bard’ Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Alison Brackenbury and many others are booked for Cheltenham poetry  festival, which ...

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Free Fringe look for poets to make their way to Edinburgh

entry picture

Poets looking to join in the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe, are being invited to do so without having to pay for venue hire - or indeed, their inclusion in the brochure. Peter Buckley Hill's Free Fringe, where performers charge nothing for entry but rattle a bucket at the end, and ask for nothing towards the costs of running the Free Fringe, have secured a new venue in Edinburgh's New Town. They are now looking for storytellers, spoken worders and poets to fill it,...

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Write Out Loud Stockport: it's tonight

entry picture

Write Out Loud Stockport reconvenes on Monday 16 April - NOT April 9 - in the inspiring surroundings of Stockport art gallery, under the expert guidance of WOL’s John F Keane. Entry is a £1 donation for the open mic event, with beginners especially welcome. It starts at 7pm.  More details and Map

 

 

Read and leave comments (5)

News

Why do fools fall in love? Find out in Guildford

entry picture

Have you ever been a fool in love?  Pop Up Poetry at the Bar Des Arts in Guildford is inviting anyone who has a break-up poem or celebration of love to share to read it on Tuesday night, 10 April, at an evening with the theme of April fools and the Rites of Spring. Guest is poet and jazz singer Mel Jones. Those wishing to take part in the open mic should sign up from 7.30 on the night, or get in touch beforehand janawindle@gmail.com. More details details and Map

 

 

 

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Ian Duhig to judge Ledbury poetry festival competition

entry picture

Ian Duhig is to judge the Ledbury poetry festival competition, which has a first prize for the winner of £1,000, plus a week at a residential course at Ty Newydd, the national writing centre for Wales. The deadline for the competition is 3 July. Check here for more details. The festival itself takes place from 29 June until 8 July, and its stars will include Owen Sheers, Simon Armitage, Paul Muldoon, Helen Dunmore, Andrew Motion, and Sean O'Brien.   

 

 

 

 

Read and leave comments (0)

News

Charlotte Henson launches Pharmacopoeia

entry picture

Young poet Charlotte Henson is launching her second collection, Pharmacopoeia, at Bury library at 7pm on 16 April. Also on the bill will be Superheroes of Slam champion Mark Mace-Smith, reading from his own book, Jobseeker’s Annoyance. Entry is £3/£2. Charlotte will also be running an hour-long workshop before the main event, at 5.30pm, with the same entry charge, which entitles you to attend both events. On her blog, Charlotte pays tribute to Write Out Loud Middleton’s organiser, Gemma...

Read and leave comments (0)