Write Out Loud relives some memorable live poetry moments

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During the coronavirus shutdown Write Out Loud is looking back at some wonderful live poetry moments over the last few years … and re-running some of our favourite reviews to refresh memories, and to remind ourselves that this won’t last for ever. Here Judy Gordon hears Maxine Peake recite Shelley's The Masque of Anarchy, written in furious response to the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. The 201st anni...

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Maxine Peake, Shelley's The Masque of Anarchy, Manchester, 2013

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As I started to write this I realised I had absent-mindedly typed The Masque of Energy - an apt Freudian slip after this fiery performance surged through the huge Manchester International Festival audiences who packed the sweltering, unused-for-40-years hall.

Peake, one of the finest actors of he...

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Catherine Graham reads poem about the Tyne on BBC radio's The World at One

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An award-winning poet from the north-east featured on the BBC Radio 4’s World at One lunchtime news programme this week, reading her poem about the river Tyne.

Catherine Graham read ‘Hyem (Home)’, ...

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'Sometimes you have to tell a story your entire life to get it right'

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I’ve read that every time we call up a memory we tweak it a little, so that in the end what we remember is mostly fabrication. Here Emily Ransdell, a poet from Washington state, touches upon this phen...

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Simon Armitage and Jade Cuttle to judge £5,000 Gingko eco-poetry prize

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The £5,000 Gingko prize for eco-poetry, in association with the Poetry School, will be judged this year by the poet laureate Simon Armitage, and Jade Cuttle. This year there is also a separate £500 pr...

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Competitions

Fortnightly ezine wants poems and stories on the theme of 'Tear'

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The website worktownwords is asking for poetry and/or short story submissions to its fortnightly ezine. The latest edition is curated by Sarah Maclennan on the theme of 'Tear'. The closing date for su...

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Don't make poetry an optional 'add-on' in schools, warns poet laureate

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The poet laureate Simon Armitage has added his voice to those criticising the decision by the exams body Ofqual to make poetry optional at GCSE. Armitage, whose work is part of the GCSE syllabus, said...

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December deadline for Roger McGough poetry prize on the theme of 'identity'

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The £150 Arts Richmond Roger McGough poetry prize is open for entries on the theme of ‘identity’. The deadline is 18 December. More details

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Caroline Griffin and Lawrence Illsley are winners in Write Out Loud's Beyond the Storm poetry competition in aid of NHS

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Caroline Griffin has won Write Out Loud’s Beyond the Storm poetry competition in aid of NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal with her poem ‘Occupation (Lockdown April 2020)’. At the same time...

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Beyond the Storm competition

'When relief blossoms so sweet, so unassuming'

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Twelve per cent of the population have migraines, and that’s about 500,000 of you, based upon our current readership in print and online. I hope none of you have one today, nor Barbara Schmitz, either...

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Voting is over in Write Out Loud's Beyond the Storm poetry competition. The winners will be announced soon!

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Voting is over in the People’s Choice section of Write Out Loud’s Beyond the Storm poetry competition in aid of NHS Charities Together’s Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. In a few hours’ time the People’s Choic...

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Beyond the Storm competition

'Try to write every day, even for 10 minutes' - Finola Scott

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Glaswegian Finola Scott’s poems can be found on posters, postcards and tapestries. Her work has been anthologised in many publications including Gutter, New Writing Scotland, The Fenland Reed, Lightho...

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People, it's time to vote! One day left to take part in the final stage of Write Out Loud's poetry competition to aid NHS

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This the last day of voting for the People’s Choice award in Write Out Loud’s Beyond the Storm poetry competition in aid of NHS Charities Together’s Covid-19 urgent appeal. Make sure you don't miss ou...

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Beyond the Storm competition

Mark Doty and Mona Arshi to judge £2,000 Troubadour prize

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Mark Doty and Mona Arshi will be judging the £2,000 Troubadour international poetry prize. The deadline is 28 September. More details

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Neil Astley, Jonathan Edwards, and Karen McCarthy Woolf to judge National Poetry Competition

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Neil Astley, Jonathan Edwards, and Karen McCarthy Woolf will be judging this year’s £5,000 National Poetry Competition. The deadline is 31 October. More details

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Award-winning performance poet changes name to Kae Tempest

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The award-winning performance poet Kate Tempest has announced a change of name and pronoun. The poet said on Instagram: “Hello old fans, new fans and passers by - I’m changing my name! And I’m changin...

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Poetry bike tour, South Downs, 2016

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Six poets and two musicians on Tuesday set off on the first leg of a four-day, 100-mile poetry bike tour of the South Downs as part of an inaugural poetry festival stretching from East and West Sussex...

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Poetry deemed optional for next year's GCSE exam students 'to ease virus pressure'

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Poetry will be optional for GCSE English literature students next year, as part of changes for the 2021 paper brought in by the exams body Ofqual to “ease the pressure on many students and teachers” a...

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Fighting for breath, bats, and a tomato sandwich: poet's near-death experience on a Covid-19 ward

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The award-winning poet John Burnside has told about his time being close to death on a Covid-19 ward, having hallucinations about bats, and the joy of eating a tomato sandwich as he began to recover.

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National Poetry Library mothballed until 2021 as Southbank Centre staff protest at cuts

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The troubled National Poetry Library at London’s Southbank Centre is not due to reopen until at least April 2021, according to a protest letter from staff angered by cuts being imposed across the whol...

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