These are the Moments that Poetry Brings

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As some of you may know, I run a monthly open mic poetry night in Warwickshire.  For many of us, the organisation of such an event is a labour of love taken on not for financial gain but for the joy of spreading, sharing and encouraging the appreciation of poetry for whomever should walk through the doors, be they amateur, artist, admirer or …at the wrong venue.  Our August date was one to remembe...

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Editorial

Creative Writing for Carers in Manchester

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New arts for health programmes and initiatives are taking place at The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery with the aim of making art and creative writing more accessible to carers or those with a physical or mental health need. Dementia has been the focus of late, and two of these prog...

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Physical & Mental Health

Contentment, Creativity and Cracks

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The concept of cracks may seem a strange subject for contemplation, but these overlooked creatures of absence are often the constructive features that frame our existence. Even though many of us are a...

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Poetry Reflections

Inua Ellams' R.A.P. Party at Totally Thames

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Inua Ellams' R.A.P. Party    ***** (Five Stars)

Totally Thames Festival, London. Onboard the Dixie Queen. 12th September 2018

Arguably the jewel in the crown of this September-long festival cele...

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Editor's Review

Laura Taylor - Fault Lines

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One of the UK’s most incisive performance poets is on a whistle-stop tour of London in October to promote her second collection ‘Fault Lines’

‘Fault Lines’ is a “poetic battle cry. I’d like my teen...

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Poetry Tours

The Poetry of Spirituality

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The poetry associated with or originated from the many forms of spirituality is vast indeed, stretching back into the centuries of antiquity and embracing all religions and none. It is a treasure hous...

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Poetry Reflections

Flood: Clare Shaw, Bloodaxe

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Floods inhabit myths, legend and our psyche. From classical tales and bible stories they appear throughout our literature. The flash flood in DH Lawrence’s The Rainbow springs to mind, as does Tom Wei...

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Review

Kierkegaard's Cupboard: Marianne Burton, Seren

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Marianne Burton trained as a lawyer and worked in the City. Her first book, She Inserts the Key was nominated for the Forward prize for best first collection. Kierkegaard’s Cupboard, the culmination o...

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Review

Sharpen Your (S)Words - Holmgangr Comes To Winchester!

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One particular event at the 2018 Winchester Poetry Festival (October 5th-7th) is the only way to settle literary disputes - as “Only One Translator leaves alive!”

Winchester may not be Valhalla, bu...

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Poetry Festivals

September is National Translation Month!

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National Translation Month (NTM) is a fantastic celebration of literary translations throughout the month of September.

The aim is to encourage readers worldwide to celebrate literary works in tran...

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Poetry Translation

‘The Voice of the Commons’ by Janey Colbourne is our Poem of the Week

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This week, Janey Colbourne is awarded the Poem of the Week accolade for the first time. Her poem The Voice of the Commons attracted a lot of praise when it was first posted on Write Out Loud, and we'r...

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Poem of the week

The Evening Entertainment: Matthew Paul, Eyewear

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There is no shortage of exotic subjects in Matthew Paul’s debut poetry collection, which is said to have taken 30 years to put together. It includes poems about high-wire artists cheating death, a man...

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Review

Cross-Cultural Translation: One Hand Clapping

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A recent trip to the magnificent Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York proved enlightening on many fronts.  Alongside the main guest exhibition of work from the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti was ...

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Poetry in exhibition

The Cultural and Emotional Landscapes of Theophilus Kwek

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I've been intrigued by the prolific creative output of Theophilus Kwek, a Singapore-based writer and researcher, for some time. He's published five volumes of poetry, most recently The First Five Stor...

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Poets in Interview

The Lovely Disciplines: Martyn Crucefix, Seren

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Martyn Crucefix is closing in on his third decade as a poet of renown. His first collection, the wonderfully titled Beneath Tremendous Rain came out 28 years ago, when this reviewer still thought pop ...

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Review

‘Triptych #1: Coffee, Paper, and Storm’ by Aly is Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week

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This week, our Poem of the Week comes from Aly, who describes herself as 'a woman made out of poetry, art, and architecture'.  We hope you enjoy her poem 'Triptych #1' and her answers to Write Out Lou...

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poem of the week

Love Thy Creative Group

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As a response to a culture saturated with superficial pursuits and social media, there seems to be a growing phenenomon of meet up groups where common interests can be shared in a physical environment...

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Poetry Discussion

Genevieve Carver: The Unsung

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Genevieve Carver is a Sheffield-based poet interested in finding the humanity amidst the chaos.  She performs regularly at prestigious events across the country, having supported artist such as Buddy ...

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Editor's Interviews

No Homeless Problem: Voicing the Struggles of Homelessness

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No Homeless Problem is a moving collection of poems by Irish writer Séamus Fox (pictured) based on the real life stories of 44 people who, like Fox himself, have experienced homelessness and are now b...

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Real Life

Edinburgh Fringe Reviews: Sophie Sparham and Do It Now:Manual Override

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With the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe now in its final week there is just a handful of days left to nip over to the Scottish capital and grab a fistful of spoken word entertainment.  If you can avoid the alm...

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Edinburgh Fringe Reviews

Edinburgh Fringe Reviews: Amsterdam

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Amsterdam   *** (Three Stars)

Jahmar Ngozi, Solomon Adams and Danielle Allen. theSpace @ Jury’s Inn. August 17th. 8.05 PM. £8 (£5 concessions).

Amsterdam is unlike any other show I have seen at ...

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Edinburgh review

‘Just before sleep’ by Peter Taylor is Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is Peter Taylor’s ‘Just before sleep’. As you’ll see from Peter’s answers to our Q&A, his dinner party sounds like one well worth sitting in on!

How long hav...

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Poem of the week

Elvis McGonagall: Full Tartan Jacket

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Following my attendance at his show Full Tartan Jacket (see review below) I spoke to Elvis McGonagall about what he was doing, and why. “The aim of the show was to bellow my material into the void whi...

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Editor's InterviewsEditor's Review

Quines: Gerda Stevenson, Luath Press

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Gerda Stevenson is well known as an award-winning actor, director, musician and playwright, but is less well known as a poet. Her first collection was the autobiographical If This Were Real (2013), wh...

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