Organiser Simon Fletcher looks back on 20 years of Wolverhampton spoken word night

“City Voices’ is 20 years old? I can’t believe it,” a friend commented to me recently. I can’t believe it either but there it is. Who’d have thought a gathering of poets and writers in an upstairs room of a hotel in Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton, would still be going 20 years later?

How did that happen? Well, I’d been in post as literature development officer for Wolverhampton Libraries for about 1...

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Linda Cosgriff, a longstanding member of Stockport Write Out Loud, wrote an article for this website five years ago about her excitement at embarking on a creative writing MA at Manchester Metropolitan University, and working with the then poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. In this follow-up article she...

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Custard pie throwers, a Laughing Yoga Man, and the Reality Zone: poet Robert Garnham on the bizarre world of Britain's Got Talent

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