‘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...
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...
9th Aug 2022 5:10 pm
Comedy performance poet Robert Garnham is taking his show about happiness to the Edinburgh Fringe. He will be performing Yay: The Search for Happiness...
10th Aug 2022 12:00 am
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...
10th Aug 2022 2:29 pm
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...
24th Jul 2022 7:54 am
“Enwrought with golden and silver light,
…Tread softly because you tread on my dreams”
(‘He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’)
12th Aug 2022 11:26 am
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 ...
31st Jul 2022 4:05 pm
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...
9th Aug 2022 8:28 pm
'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...
16th Aug 2022 1:59 pm
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...
10th Aug 2022 12:00 am
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...
12th Aug 2022 12:00 am
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...
16th Aug 2022 1:58 pm
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...
18th Aug 2022 1:21 pm
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