'When you're very young it's not hard to change the direction of your life': Write Out Loud interviews Brian Patten

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He tried to join the circus, then shot to fame as a poet in his teens after packing in his job as a local reporter. Brian Patten, whose name is synonymous with the Mersey poets, and who will be appearing at the Aldeburgh poetry festival next month, talks to Greg Freeman about the inclusiveness of the Liverpool poetry scene in the 1960s, an inspirational teacher, the problems with writing a memoir - and the enduring nature of ...

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There’s a strong emphasis on local writers and presses and on young and emerging poets at Reading poetry festival, from 7-9 November. The weekend's ...

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David Morley is the sole judge of the £1,000 Cafe Writers poetry competition. Categories include the funniest poem, and a Norfolk prize. The deadline...

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Mario Petrucci will be judging and reading all the submissions to the £1,000 Kent and Sussex poetry competition. The deadline is 31 January 2015. Mor...

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The Ballymaloe international poetry prize  – one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single poem  – is to be judged by Forward and Costa pr...

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I’ll be honest, dear readers, I expected to hate this performance at Manchester’s Contact theatre as part of the literature festival. There is so...

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This collection marks 20 years of poetry and performance by Salena Godden, though the majority of the work included has never been previously publishe...

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