Calling all primary schools and children at home - roll up for a Giant Poetry Party today!

Primary schools and children learning at home during lockdown are being invited to an online Giant Poetry Party on Tuesday 26 January starting at 2pm. Poets Matt Abbott and Louise Fazackerley, assisted by dance teacher Olivia Peers, music teacher Richard Boardman, and singer Jo Farrow will lead children from all over the country in a mix of songs, dance, and poetry, in an event organised by Marsde...

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The 'man in the cardigan' was gently ribbed by Ian McMillan. But does he have a point?

Over the last few years, I have got out of the habit of attending the TS Eliot Prize readings at the Royal Festival Hall at London’s Southbank Centre. My growing involvement with local, grassroots poetry has perhaps left me less engaged with the ‘high-end’ version, as has my increasing inability to ...

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The Hundred Years' War anthology, Newbury, 2015

The Hundred Years’ War, a touring production of modern war poetry in performance inspired by the Bloodaxe anthology, has the barest of sets – a table, two teacups and saucers, a few stools and an acco...

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Bhanu Khapil wins £25,000 TS Eliot prize with collection about immigrants and hosts

Bhanu Kapil, a British-born writer whose work has been published in the US for two decades, has won the £25,000 TS Eliot Prize for How to Wash a Heart, her first full-length poetry collection to be pu...

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TOP POETRY PERFORMERS LINED UP FOR WRITE OUT LOUD'S FUNDRAISING EVENT AS APPEAL NEARS DEADLINE

Top poetry performers Tony Walsh, Rachel Long, Louise Fazackerley, Luke Wright and Antonia Jade King will be taking part in an online Write Out Loud fundraising event on Thursday 28 January as our Cro...

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Write Out Loud relives some memorable live poetry moments

During the coronavirus shutdown Write Out Loud has been looking back at some wonderful live poetry moments over the last few years … and re-running some of our favourite reviews to refresh memories, a...

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The Beauty Within Shadow: Henry Normal, Flapjack

I am going to admit that during lockdown I have found it very hard to read anything of any substance.  Newspapers, magazines, periodicals, online dross were all tolerable, but for the first five month...

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'Democracy can never be defeated': Amanda Gorman is youngest poet to perform at inauguration

Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration on Wednesday, winning wide praise for her inspirational and thoughtful poem 'The Hill We Climb'. The 22-year-...

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Daljit Nagra to judge £1,000 RSPB and Rialto nature and place competition

Daljit Nagra will be judging the £1,000 RSPB and the Rialto Nature and Place poetry competition. Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide inte...

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Trains, trolleybuses, rag and bone men: Ray Pool publishes online book of archive photographs

Write Out Loud regular Ray Pool is known to many here as a professional musician. But what may be less well known is that before he turned to music, he was a photographer. Now he has published a splen...

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POETRY IS IMPORTANT IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES - HELP US TO HELP OTHERS CREATIVELY, IF YOU CAN

We hope you managed a well-earned rest over the festive period in spite of all the plans that had to be cancelled. We know things are looking gloomy and the last thing you need is a plea for support f...

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'All I knew was that I was to go to Abbey Road and bring three poems'

One of the poets involved in the Cerys Matthews poetry and music album project has spoken of his “joyous surprise” at being asked to contribute, and of attending a recording session at the famous Abby...

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A Sense of Tiptoe: Karen Hayes, Holland Park Press

Karen Hayes spent the earlier part of her working life as an actor and musician and later artistic director of the Bristol-based theatre collective Public Parts. From theatre she moved towards lyric a...

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Marianne Faithfull to release album of Romantic poetry readings

Legendary 1960s figure Marianne Faithfull has unveiled her latest album project – reading the works of the Romantic Poets, including Keats’ To Autumn, and Ode to a Nightingale, Shelley’s Ozymandias, a...

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TV programme on Cornwall pays tribute to poet Jack Clemo

A tribute has been paid during a TV series about Cornwall to “one of  Cornwall’s most celebrated poets”, Jack Clemo. In a section of Rick Stein’s Cornwall, Stein talks to writer Philip Marsden about  ...

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Singer and DJ Cerys Matthews in album project with 10 poets

Musician and DJ Cerys Matthews is a great champion of poetry. The singer, songwriter and broadcaster, who hosts a weekly music show on BBC Radio 6 Music, has chaired the Forward prize judges in 2014, ...

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Schools to celebrate International Mother Language Day with poetry

Write Out Loud board member Julia Clark, headteacher of Lily Lane primary primary school in Moston, Manchester, and the school’s poet-in-residence Louise Fazackerley will be taking part in an online e...

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Seán Hewitt to judge £600 Poets and Players competition

Seán Hewitt will be judging the £600 Poets and Players competition. The deadline is 1 March. More details 

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National Poetry Day, Southbank Centre, London, 2014

The new Forward prize winner, Kei Miller, looked out at the audience, smiled, and apologised for the downbeat nature of his final poem on National Poetry Day Live at the Southbank Centre in London. Hi...

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Alexa, what's the latest about Brian Bilston, poet laureate of Twitter?

The poet laureate of Twitter, Brian Bilston, is a bit less of a mystery man these days. For a while it’s been known that he is actually Paul Millicheap, a former academic publisher from Oxford, aged 5...

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TS Eliot Prize readings and announcement of winner to be streamed on Sunday 24 January

The £25,000 TS Eliot Prize readings will be combined with the chair of the judges’ announcement of the winner in a streamed event hosted by Ian McMillan at 7pm on Sunday 24 January. Tickets for the ev...

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Forest moor or less: Dawn Bauling and Ronnie Goodyer, Indigo Dreams

Exercise to preserve physical and mental health has become even more important during the pandemic. And walking is still a relatively easy way  – and currently permitted, within certain boundaries – t...

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Wendy Klein to judge £200 Slipstream competition

Wendy Klein will be judging the £200 Slipstream Poets open poetry competition. The deadline is 28 February. More details

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Write Out Loud regular offers free copy of spare poetry pamphlet to first email claimant

Write Out Loud regular MC (Mark) Newberry is offering a free copy of a poetry collection about the American civil war that was recently reviewed on this website to the first email claimant. Following ...

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'Walking generates poetic ideas ... I always come back with a couple of good adverbs': Simon Armitage on BBC's Saturday Live

Simon Armitage spoke about the process of becoming poet laureate on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live at the weekend. He said that at first, “as I understand it, there were a number of conversations going o...

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Poetry is precious in these '24-7' times, says Carol Ann Duffy

Poetry can provide an antidote to a “24-7 babble … which is not good for our mental health”, the former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy told listeners on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour this week.

She add...

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Stockport Write Out Loud member David Keyworth publishes debut collection

A member of Stockport Write Out Loud Group, David Keyworth, has published his first pamphlet collection. The Twilight Shift is available from Wild Pressed Books.  

David was born in West Bromwich b...

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Looking back to the first lockdown ...

Do you still remember the first lockdown? How it felt quite different to this one? Back then we were moving into spring, then summer. There were a whole lot of strange new feelings to inspire us. So m...

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Eavan Boland wins posthumous Costa poetry prize

The Irish poet Eavan Boland, who died last year aged 75, has been posthumously awarded the Costa poetry prize, it was announced on Monday night. Her final collection, The Historians, published in Octo...

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Poems from the Borders: ed. by Amy Wack, Seren

Poems from the Borders forms a part of Seren’s attractively produced pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place in Wales. The other pamphlets in the series are titled Poems from Cardiff; Poems fr...

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Review

Blakefest, Bognor Regis, 2019

The visionary poet and painter William Blake only lived in the Sussex village of Felpham for a couple of years - just enough time to begin writing Jerusalem and to be cleared at Chichester assizes of ...

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Rishi Dastidar to judge Kent & Sussex poetry competition

Rishi Dastidar will be judging the £1,000 Kent and Sussex Poetry Society open competition. The deadline for entries is 31 January 2021. More details

 

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'What we call the beginning is often the end / And to make an end is to make a beginning'

The subject of Brexit has – let’s face it – been the subject of much poetry – and much debate - on the blogs of Write Out Loud over the last few years. So as Britain finally exited from the European U...

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Helen Ivory to judge £500 Teignmouth poetry festival competition

Helen Ivory will be judging the £500 Teignmouth poetry festival competition. The deadline is 31 January 2021. More details

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Belongings: David Constantine, Bloodaxe

A map on the cover of a poetry collection is always a promising sign to me. And that promise is fulfilled in Belongings by David Constantine, recent recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Jus...

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Review

OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN IS UP AND RUNNING – AND 'ONE COMMUNITY' WILL DOUBLE YOUR DONATIONS

Two months ago, we told you that we’d be launching a fundraising campaign to start building the new era for Write Out Loud. Since then, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to put the campaign to...

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Hope you had a merry little Christmas - and that things can only get better in 2021

Write Out Loud would like to wish all our regular readers and friends a happy Christmas and a much better new year - wherever you are (maybe somewhere you didn’t intend to be), and whoever you’re with...

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