Brian Patten to judge Write Out Loud's Milestones poetry competition

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Legendary Liverpool poet Brian Patten will be judging the forthcoming Milestones poetry competition, run by Write Out Loud on behalf of the Milestone Society. Details of how to enter the competition – which opens for submissions in March – are now on the Write Out Loud website.

Brian Patten’s poetry, along with that of Roger McGough and Adrian Henri, featured in the bestselling Penguin antholog...

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Deadline nears for £500 York literature festival poetry competition

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Antony Dunn will be judging York literature festival’s 2017 poetry competition. The first prize is £500, and the deadline is 28 February. More details

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Hacienda poet recalls 'fantastic' tour as he looks forward to London screening of documentary

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Performance poet Trev Meaney will be delivering his commissioned poem about Manchester’s fabled Hacienda night club before a screening of a documentary about the club in London on Thursday 23 February...

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Celebrating the curlew: poetry and prose wanted for anthology

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The closing date is 7 April for submitting up to three poems or non-fiction of up to 1,000 words for an anthology in celebration of curlew and the landscapes they inhabit. Poems will also be considere...

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Publications

Imtiaz Dharker and Michael Symmons Roberts to judge Troubadour prize

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Imtiaz Dharker and Michael Symmons Roberts will be judging the £2,000 Troubadour poetry prize. The deadline is 16 October. More details

 

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Publishers launch poetry pamphlet competition

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Dempsey & Windle Publishing have launched their poetry pamphlet competition, with first prize £50 and a 30-page chapbook of the winner’s poems. All poems submitted also have the chance to be included ...

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Deadline nears for Poetry Business competition

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Ian Duhig and Mimi Khalvati will be judging the Poetry Business book and pamphlet competition, and shortlisting the inaugural £1,000 Wordsworth Trust single poem prize. Poetry Business competition ent...

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'The broken pieces, made whole again, merged into two reconstructed hearts'

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There are those like me who can't even tell when an avocado is ripe, and those who know exactly how to perfectly prepare a ripe one. Here's a poem of avocado expertise by Diane Lockward from The Uneat...

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American Life in Poetry

Tom Raworth, innovative poet who helped to shake up the 60s, dies aged 78

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Tom Raworth, a poet highly regarded on both sides of the Atlantic, and who was seen as a key figure in the modernist-inspired movement known as the British Poetry Revival of the 1960s and 70s, has die...

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Playwright and poet Bernard Kops, and a library that changed his life

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The veteran writer Bernard Kops is perhaps better known as a playwright, from the school of kitchen-sink realism – but his poetry credentials are not in doubt. He went on the first Aldermaston Ban the...

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Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside tonight

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Ella Otomeyo and Cathy Bryant are the guest poets at Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside arts centre, Sale on Tuesday 21 February. Entry is £3/£2 to this open-mic poetry night. It starts at 7.30pm, b...

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Wendy Cope, Luke Wright, Zena Edwards and Francesca Beard at arts centre festival in former church

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Wendy Cope, Luke Wright, Zena Edwards and Francesca Beard are among the poets lined up for a four-day festival of poetry, comedy and storytelling at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, south-west ...

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Performance poetry publisher wants collection submissions

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Performance poetry publisher Burning Eye Books is looking for submissions for poetry collections from people “active on the UK performance / spoken word poetry scene for publication between January an...

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Matthew Hedley Stoppard to judge £250 Otley poetry prize

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Matthew Hedley Stoppard, the town poet of Otley in West Yorkshire, will be judging the £250 Otley poetry prize. The deadline is 20 March. More details

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Write Out Loud Woking at the New Inn tonight

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Write Out Loud Woking will be meeting again on Monday 20 February at the New Inn at Send, near Woking, for another night of free, open-mic poetry. It’s hosted by Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood. Sign fro...

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'How to be private and patient, how to be unbuttoned'

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The next time you open your closet, this poem will give you reason to pay a little more attention to what's hanging inside. Gary Whited is from Massachusetts and his most recent book is Having Listene...

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American Life in Poetry

Write Out Loud at Bolton Socialist Club tonight

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Write Out Loud Bolton returns to its old slot – the third Sunday of each month – at Bolton Socialist Club on Sunday 19 February. Entry is £1 plus raffle at this open-mic poetry event compered by Jeffa...

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'Lost' by Chris Hubbard is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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‘Lost’ by Chris Hubbard is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. Chris, a retired academic originally from Lincolnshire and now based in Australia, took a creative writing course during his degree ...

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Fiona Sampson to judge £1,000 Ledbury poetry festival competition

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Fiona Sampson will be judging the £1,000 Ledbury poetry festival competition. The deadline is 13 July. More details

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Jackie Wills to judge £400 South Downs poetry festival competition

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Jackie Wills will be judging the £400 South Downs poetry festival competition. The deadline is 19 May. More details

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John Hegley, Kate Fox and Ian McMillan lined up for writing retreat in Dales

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A new writing retreat in the Yorkshire Dales is offering courses by John Hegley, Kate Fox, Ian McMillan, Fleur Adcock, Jane Draycott, Kim Moore, and a number of other poets and writers. From Easter Ga...

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Perchance to dream? Write Out Loud at Marsden library tonight

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Don’t drop off … but the theme for February’s Write Out Loud Marsden, on Wednesday 15 February, is Sleep. Entry is a £2 donation to this open-floor poetry event, hosted by Rosie Wilkinson, at Marsden ...

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The three Dooleys: poetry siblings Tim, Maura and Terence read together in public for the first time

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The Troubadour in west London has seen a number of historic poetry and music nights in its time – but this was a new first. Three poetry siblings - Terence, Tim, and Maura Dooley – reading together in...

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To Have to Follow: Julie Maclean & Terry Quinn, Indigo Dreams

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Collaborations between poets are interesting and, in the age of the internet, becoming more popular between poets from different countries. In this case, the collaboration comes from two writers who h...

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Making waves: Luke Wright to judge sound files in spoken poetry contest

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Leading performance poet Luke Wright will be judging Making Waves, a new spoken poetry competition in which poets are invited to send in short spoken poems of 200 seconds as digital sound files. The f...

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'With only a smear of water to keep them singing'

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All too often poets shun simple, direct, and earthy words like "tea" in favor of others that sound more sophisticated, like Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong. But fancy words put experience at a greater d...

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American Life in Poetry

'Commuter' by Alexandra Rockwell Lorenz is Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Commuter’ by Alexandra Rockwell Lorenz. In a poem that is rich in images, including "forgotten train tracks" and a "slinking cat", these lines also stand ou...

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Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Write Out Loud Stockport will be meeting at Stockport art gallery on Monday 13 February at 7pm to share poems. Entry is a £1 donation. Each month a collage poem is produced from members’ contributions...

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Lemn Sissay to judge £5,000 Bridport poetry competition

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Lemn Sissay will be looking for poems that “electrify me, seduce me, grip me by the neck, carry me, whisper to me and sing to me” when he judges the £5,000 Bridport poetry prize. The deadline is 31 Ma...

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'We need to talk about Robert': how Simon Armitage sees Dylan's Nobel prize

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The Oxford professor poetry, Simon Armitage, will be giving his thoughts on Bob Dylan’s Nobel prize for literature in a lecture next month. Armitage lectures once a term during the four years of his t...

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US poet and 'inspirational teacher' Thomas Lux dies at 70

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The American poet and university teacher Thomas Lux, who has died at the age of 70, has been described as “an inspirational teacher” by one of his former students.

Lux’s poetry has appeared in the ...

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Jane Commane to judge £450 Manchester Cathedral poetry competition

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Publisher, editor and poet Jane Commane will be judging the £450 Manchester Cathedral poetry competition. The deadline is 30 June. More details

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Deadline nears for Poets & Players competition

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Michael Symmons Roberts will be judging the Poets & Players £500 poetry competition. The deadline is 27 February. More details

 

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Love, poetry and the whole damn thing: Write Out Loud at Wigan tonight

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Bring your words of love, stanzas on sex and rhymes of romance to Write Out Loud Wigan’s Valentine’s Special at the Old Courts on Thursday 9 February. There will be prizes for the soppiest poem - and ...

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'Help each other, and we all get up the ladder': Jo Bell goes Nationwide in latest poetic TV ad

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The former canal laureate Jo Bell has joined the growing corps of poets recruited for TV adverts by Nationwide building society. Jo’s poem about how the Nationwide building society began, and why, was...

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'Why Marsden is important to me': poet tells of inspirational backdrop

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Poet and painter David Coldwell is launching his debut poetry collection, Flowers by the Road, on Wednesday 8 February at Marsden library. In an interview with Write Out Loud David, a regular reader a...

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Interview

Dudley's Grande Slam gets off to a flying start

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It’s always a joy to visit poetry nights who’ve got it right, and – judging by their opening night – Dudley’s ‘Grande Slam’, in the Cafe Grande in the heart of the town, has done exactly that. Hosted ...

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Tales from the venues

Never mind the football as Wolverhampton also notches up wonderful weekend of words

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The new year starts with a new literature festival, in Wolverhampton. Seventy events throughout the city centre over a weekend, with talks from authors, activities for kids, workshops, and plenty of p...

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McGough and Patten, back in Liverpool where it all began

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So, there I was, back in the city were I once spent three gloriously happy, if challenging years working and living; a city with a certain notoriety; a creative, canny, cocksure yet caring community; ...

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'Only she can see where she goes and track where she's been'

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Fog carries mystery within it, and here's a fine poem about a day in which a memory approaches through fog and makes itself real. Michael Lauchlan lives in Michigan and his most recent book is Trumbul...

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American Life in Poetry

'The Hollow' by Rhiannon is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The Hollow’ by Rhiannon. In her Q&A interview she says that she grew up in a family where writing poetry was considered "something of a tradition", won a po...

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Poets from 'city of sanctuary' launch timely anthology

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A poetry group launched an anthology of its work on Saturday night – and one of the overriding themes of the book was the plight of refugees. It was the day after Holocaust Memorial Day, and also the ...

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Review

Occupied City: Paul van Ostaijen, Smokestack

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Reading this book, I feel like I’m transported to another world. Not just the world of occupied Antwerp during the first world war; but also the world of Berlin Dada, a heady mixture of political caba...

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Knowing My Place: Bob Horne, Caterpillar Poetry

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Bob Horne has been a schoolteacher, milkman and stonedresser. He is also the founder of small press Calder Valley Poetry, and an organiser of an open mic night. The title of his debut collection, Know...

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'Amazed, and humbled': Steve Pottinger on Write Out Loud nearing its cash appeal target

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Write Out Loud’s chief executive Steve Pottinger launched an appeal before Christmas for £1,000 to help with our running costs and to enable us to develop some new ideas. We’re close to hitting our ta...

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