THROW OPEN THE DOORS! LIVE OPEN-MIC POETRY RETURNS TO VENUES

Live, open-mic poetry is back, in case you hadn’t noticed! All around the country local groups have been returning to venues they haven’t performed at since the first lockdown in March 2020. And new open-mic nights have started up, too. Last Sunday night in Lewes veteran performance poet Janine Booth launched Spoaken Word, aided by guest poet and comrade Attila the Stockbroker, who is also Sussex-based (both pictured). A delig...

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Paul Muldoon will be appearing at Winchester poetry festival’s three-day live event in early October, which marks the culmination of five months of on...

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The second annual Leamington poetry festival returns to the town’s Temperance Café in October with fringe shows, comedy, workshops, open mics, and rea...

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Jenny Mitchell’s collection Map of a Plantation, about slavery on a Jamaican cane plantation, has won the Welsh poetry competition’s International Poe...

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A poem about sea swimming by Katrina Naomi, ‘in the kelp forest’, has won this year’s £1,000 Keats-Shelley poetry prize. Katrina said the winning poem...

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A new performance poetry night is being launched next month in south-east London. POW! – Play on Words – will be staged at the Bridge House theatre, P...

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Fiona Benson, David Constantine and Rachel Long will be judging this year’s £5,000 National Poetry Competition, run by the Poetry Society, which is no...

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Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch will be judging the £500 Wales Poetry Award, run by Poetry Wales magazine. The competition is free to enter for writers of lo...

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The monk’s tonsure is intentional, a shaved bald spot as part of the rituals of sanctification, but here, in his poem, ‘Tonsure’, Young sees this here...

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Chair of the OU Poetry Society, poet, coach and mentor Polly Stretton is the author of three previous full-length poetry collections, Girl’s Got Rhyth...

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This impressive debut pamphlet by Joshua Calladine-Jones features three sections that question the very roots of how we use language and proposes diff...

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The award-winning poet Kate Fox challengingly engages the reader in the peculiarity of being someone who is a ‘neurodivergent thinker’ in the difficul...

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