A poem in place of a headstone: after the first such farewell, poet Andy Jackson talks about the Lonely Funeral project

Last month the first Lonely Funeral took place in the UK, when poet Andy Jackson read a specially-written poem at the Dundee graveside of a man called Derek, a former painter and decorator who had died in a care home at the age of 63, and whose funeral was taking place in the absence of any family or friends. It was the first example of a project recently launched in Scotland. When Write Out Loud first reported that this had t...

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The poet laureate, Simon Armitage, has appeared on BBC1’s The Repair Shop on Wednesday, hoping that organ restorer David Burville could revive a treas...

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There has been talk lately in spoken word poetry circles of the direction that the movement has been taking over the last decade and how it has shifte...

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It seemed like the best of news when it was announced that Caffè Nero was launching a new set of writing awards, a year after fellow coffee shop chain...

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Heather Cook, a regular reader with Write Out Loud Woking at the Lightbox, and Write Out Loud Woking on Zoom, has been named joint winner with Clare S...

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A much-loved photographic and film gallery in the centre of Newcastle was forced to close in April after losing its Arts Council grant, and facing ris...

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Steve Pottinger will be judging the inaugural Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists (PPP) poetry competition. First prize is £300, and the deadline is ...

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The founder of the Forward prizes, William Sieghart, will be judging the £1,000 Wells Festival of Literature open poetry competition. The deadline is ...

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This miscellany of poetry and prose comprises the eighth annual Wordspace anthology produced in collaboration with Indigo Dreams Publishing. All of th...

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Simon Fletcher is a freelance writer, editor and poet who lives in Shropshire, and has published a number of poetry collections. He runs workshops in ...

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Ros Woolner grew up in the Thames Valley. After studying and working in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Germany and West Africa, she now lives in Wol...

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