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As the UK eases out of lockdown, the prospect of in-person poetry events is on the horizon. But the appetite for live poetry can’t wait that long! And the phenomenal success of virtual poetry events around the world over the last year or so has kept us all going. One highlight of our fundraising campaign was the live event at the end of January. To be able to enjoy sets from Rachel Long and Luke Wright was a real joy, and Tony...

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Jenny Mitchell’s prizewinning debut collection Her Lost Language was an exploration of the impact of British transatlantic enslavement on black lives ...

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Raymond Antrobus was separated from his new wife for nine months during the pandemic lockdown; Hollie McNish lost her grandmother and found herself wa...

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A 92-year-old poet has soared to the top of the Amazon poetry bestseller list, after his granddaughter urged friends on Twitter to support the book.  


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Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire seemed a fitting place to begin Simon Armitage’s 10-year – sorry, make that nine-year – lockdown-affected tour of ...

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Owen Sheers will be judging the Wells Festival of Literature's £1,000 poetry competition. The deadline is 30 June. More details 

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A poet who was brought up in England and won the Nobel prize currently has no monument in England. Ireland’s WB Yeats spent two-thirds of his young li...

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During the Covid lockdowns Write Out Loud has been looking back at some wonderful live poetry moments over the last few years … and re-running some of...

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People should do some work in the “real world” before embarking on a career in poetry. That is the advice of Wendy Cope, who was a primary school teac...

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The fishing town of Brixham in south Devon will be staging its own three-day live literary event next month. Brixham Books and Bards at Brixham Herita...

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I have a memory of Lucille Clifton responding to a young poet who asked her how she managed to be a productive publishing poet despite having to raise...

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Nina Mingya Powles is a prize-winning poet and zinemaker from Aotearoa in New Zealand, who is currently living in London. She is the author of several...

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Different languages and diverse cultural heritages shape this multi-voiced collection. David Bleiman weaves his multilingual identity, embracing Engli...

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