Countdown to Edinburgh: here's a guide to some of the spoken word shows

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The Edinburgh Fringe kicks off on Sunday – and Write Out Loud is offering a guide to some of the spoken word highlights at the festival. Spoken word makes up just 4% of the total fringe programme - but that is up from 2% last year, with a total of 124 shows in 2014. One big event will undoubtedly be Rob Auton’s new The Face Show, which is on at 4pm from 2-23 August (not 3rd or 12th), at the Banshee Labyrinth at 4pm-5pm, a...

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A year after his south-west coastal walk, Simon Armitage will be returning to Cornwall to launch his new book at the Porthminster Gallery in St Ives. ...

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I missed George the Poet at Latitude after he sent word that he was stuck on a train.  On Wednesday night at Out-Spoken in the heart of Camden there ...

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The Surrey-based writing group Paragram has launched a call for submissions to a new anthology of poetry and short fiction, with the theme Remember, a...

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Jonathan Davidson is the judge of the £600 Buzzwords competition, organised by the Cheltenham open mic night. Poems can be up to 70 lines, and the de...

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This slim volume contains a sequence of 18 poems about York’s snickets, passageways, courts and yards, from ‘Mad Alice Lane’ to ‘Whip ma whop...

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True poetry is immune to propaganda and social control; it is immune to infiltration by the far right and to the rewriting of history. That is why we...

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