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Back after break-in havoc ... Write Out Loud Woking at the Fiery Bird on Thursday

Write Out Loud Woking’s open-mic poetry night at the Fiery Bird music and community arts venue in Woking will be going ahead on Thursday 25 April after all, after last month’s event - along with many others -  had to be cancelled because of a break-in and thefts at the venue that caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Copper piping and cabling from the roof was ripped out and stolen, leadi...

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Events

It was sixty years ago this year ... university plans festival event to honour poetry landmark

An historic poetry landmark in Newcastle that hasn’t been open to the public for a long time but still captures literary imaginations reaches its 60th anniversary this year. Morden Tower, built around 1290 as part of the city’s medieval walls by Edward I, will be celebrated at a Newcastle poetry fes...

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News

From sleepy Shropshire to London's Oxford Street ... Poetry Pharmacy branches out

The unique Poetry Pharmacy, which has been dispensing poetry prescriptions as well as books and coffee from its home in the sleepy Shropshire town of Bishop's Castle for several years, is to open a br...

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Poetry for the Many: ed. Jeremy Corbyn, Len McCluskey

A would-be prime minister who confessed to liking – and writing - poetry? Was that why the ‘Red Wall’ working-class voters turned so decisively against him at the 2019 election, and gave Boris Johnson...

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Review

Graham Mort to judge Frogmore Press prize

Graham Mort will be judging the Frogmore Press poetry prize. The prize is 250 guineas, and the deadline is 31 May. More details  

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Competitions

Keeping the dialect poetry flag flying at Morpeth's Northumberland Gathering

Morpeth’s Northumberland Gathering is all about tradition: maintaining the county’s music, dance, crafts, folklore, dialects and customs at an annual three-day festival in the town.

And Eileen Beer...

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Review

Donating to Write Out Loud made easier - just as you asked us to do

Important news! You can now make direct donations to Write Out Loud, so more of your contribution is retained by our community interest company. Thanks to those potential subscribers and donors to Wri...

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Appeal

Foyle Young Poets of the Year award is open for entries

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year award is once again open for entries. It’s organised by the Poetry Society and supported by the Foyle Foundation, and invites new poems from young writers aged 11–17 ...

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Young Write Out Loud

In praise of Milton Keynes: Graham Sherwood wins poetry competition in home city

Congratulations to Write Out Loud’s meeter and greeter and moderator Graham Sherwood, who has won first prize in a poetry competition in his home city of Milton Keynes!

Graham won with his poem ‘MK...

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News

No mere trifle: recovery and discoveries from armchair poets at village book festival

The last time I saw Richie McCaffery read was at Aldeburgh poetry festival at Snape Maltings, more than 10 years ago, with fellow up-and-coming poets such as Kim Moore. On Sunday he was reading in mor...

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Review

Shetland poet wins £140,000 US literary prize

Shetland poet Jen Hadfield has been awarded around £140,000 as one of eight winners of the US Windham-Campbell prize, based at Yale University.

Writers do not apply for the prize, which celebrates ...

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News

High Nowhere: Jean Atkin, Indigo Dreams Publishing

Shropshire-based poet, writer and educator Jean Atkin is the author of two previously published collections from Indigo Dreams, How Time is in Fields (2019) and The Bicycles of Ice and Salt (2021). Sh...

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