‘I now help many people find their own pleasure in writing. You can't put a price on that; to me it’s worth more than any degree’

Linda Cosgriff, a longstanding member of Stockport Write Out Loud, wrote an article for this website five years ago about her excitement at embarking on a creative writing MA at Manchester Metropolitan University, and working with the then poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. In this follow-up article she details how it did not go to plan and, along with serious health problems, sapped her confidence as a writer and poet. She only r...

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The poet laureate Simon Armitage will be examining Philip Larkin’s poems in 10 BBC Radio 4 programmes, starting on Monday 8 August, to mark the centen...

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Comedy performance poet Robert Garnham is taking his show about happiness to the Edinburgh Fringe. He will be performing Yay: The Search for Happiness...

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A treasure trove of six prize-winning poems in the form of small art objects was left along the Pennine Way after a charity walk earlier this summer b...

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Yes, the Write Out Loud Marsden Poetry Jam is back on again! After an absence of two years, the poetry jam is returning to its rightful home at the Ra...

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“Enwrought with golden and silver light,

…Tread softly because you tread on my dreams”

(‘He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’)

 

Seven year...

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The veteran dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson has talked about the language he uses in his poems, of being a “classic late developer”, and of joining the ...

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There’s a mix of jazz and poetry at the Arundel festival in West Sussex, when poets Chris Hardy, Raine Geoghegan, Naomi Foyle, and Barry Smith perform...

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'Mend' is a poem of great intimacy. L Renée remembers her mother as the mender of garments, and as someone who had a life of rich experiences before t...

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To many of his readers, the work of the late Roy Fisher will always be synonymous with Birmingham. The city consumed him and his fascination with it b...

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Brit Shneuer’s self-published collection is an intimate journey through nature in which the poet explores, meditates on and finds her inner voice as s...

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The English Summer by Holly Hopkins bears little resemblance to those summers we’ve loved and loathed over the years, from the wash-out holidays at th...

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I came to know about this book through the ever-excellent series of close readings of poems that Carol Rumens posts for the Guardian. The poem by Dids...

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