'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 at the famed annual Marsden poetry jam, and at Write Out Loud Marsden, talks about what the village and the surrounding hills mean to him, and his poetry and art.  

 

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The poetry of conflict: Clare Mulley on clashes that shaped England's history

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London Laureate and poetry journalist Clare Mulley recently became the first poet in residence at the UK Battlefields Trust, and will be reading from the resulting collection at the Albion Beatnik bookshop in Oxford on Thursday 20 April. In an interview with Write Out Loud, Clare talked about key ba...

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Poetry in the round: how Pitt, Pottinger and Purshouse plotted show at the pub

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Wolverhampton poets Dave Pitt, Steve Pottinger, and Emma Purshouse have joined forces to create a new show - Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists - which will show at the Arena theatre in their home ...

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'I like to make people smile': Win Saha, still performing her poetry aged 93

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Wolverhampton-based poet Win Saha is still writing and performing at the age of 93. In an interview with Emma Purshouse she tells of meeting Mae West and Paul Robeson, some poetry advice she received ...

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'The challenge is to throw everything we've got at it' - Jimmy Andrex

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Wakefield’s Jimmy Andrex, who performs his poetry to the sound of a driving electonica beat, has a new album out. In an interview, he talks to Greg Freeman about Northern Beat Poetry, avoiding “obviou...

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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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Poetry's man of mystery Brian Bilston reveals (nearly) all to Write Out Loud

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At a recent poetry event Write Out Loud came face to face with the man behind poetry’s “man of mystery” Brian Bilston, whose fans include plumbers and police officers, dancers and dentists, and people...

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'It's a marriage of my words and their message' - Matt Abbott on the Nationwide TV ads

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Matt Abbott is one of three spoken word poets who have been recently featured on TV taking parts in adverts for the Nationwide building society. In an interview with Write Out Loud, he talks about why...

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'It's more than just words ... it's a way of connecting with the world' - Kat Francois

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A spoken word show about first world war soldiers from the Caribbean that was reviewed on Write Out Loud earlier this year is returning to the Roundhouse in London in October, as part of Black History...

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Celebrating 10 years of Write Out Loud Wigan: organiser John Togher looks back

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Write Out Loud Wigan celebrated its 10th birthday tonight, with a special night planned to mark the occasion at The Old Courts venue on Thursday 8 September. Its history stretches back to a first open...

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'You don’t need expensive kit. Just a mind and a mouth, a pen and some paper': Laura Taylor

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Back in 2010 Laura Taylor joined the Write Out Loud website, and soon afterwards took the stage for the first time, at a Write Out Loud open mic night in Bolton. In the years that have followed she ha...

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Calypso, cabaret, a cultural collision: John Agard maps out his view of Columbus

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John Agard believes in the “subliminal” power of poetry. In Portsmouth before his new one-man show, Roll Over Atlantic, which is about the “cultural collision” between Columbus and the “New World”, he...

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'Poetry books will sell if people can relate to what you are writing': Attila the Stockbroker

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Performance poet and musician Attila the Stockbroker has been on the road for 35 years, and in that time has appeared at around 3,400 gigs, “shouting poems and thrashing songs” on his mandola  – and n...

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'Looking beyond the obvious': Write Out Loud interviews Owen Lowery

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Owen Lowery is a former British judo champion and poet. He suffered a spinal injury while competing and is now a tetraplegic. In an interview he tells Greg Freeman about reading his poetry in public w...

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'The pleasures of performing include the frisson that it might all go wrong - and the nice cup of tea afterwards': Kate Fox

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Stand-up poet and writer Kate Fox has been a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, and has two new shows due to be aired on Radio 4 this month. In an email interview with Greg Freeman, she talks abo...

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'There's no reason why poetry should have such a small readership': Paul McMenemy on his plans for a poetry bookshop

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crowdfunding appeal to raise £5,000 to fund a poetry bookshop in London has ended up just a few hundred pounds short of its target. In an interview with Frances Spurrier, the man behind the idea, Pa...

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'Poetry should have bite and snarl, but it's better for joy and sadness than anger': Luke Wright

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Energetic performance poet and broadcaster Luke Wright has a new show out – and he’s still touring with his old one, too. He was performing his new production, What I Learned from Johnny Bevan, at the...

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‘There’s no real reason why poetry should have such a small readership’: Write Out Loud interviews Paul McMenemy about his planned poetry bookshop

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A crowdfunding appeal to raise £5,000 to fund a poetry bookshop in London is still looking for more cash, with a few days left to hit its target. In an interview with Frances Spurrier, the man behind ...

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Jackie Hagan: 'I figured I might as well milk the one-legged thing'

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Jackie Hagan was a well-known and popular poet on the Manchester scene and beyond when she went into hospital - and came out minus one leg. Now she is touring with her show, Some People Have Too Many ...

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The 'Grandfather of Albion' at 80: Write Out Loud interviews Michael Horovitz

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Veteran poet, performer and impresario Michael Horovitz - a key figure with Allen Ginsberg behind the celebrated Albert Hall poetry incarnation of June 1965 – celebrated his 80th birthday at Easter wi...

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'I've been shocked at the emotional impact': Write Out Loud interviews Louise Fazackerley

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Last year spoken word artist Louise Fazackerley - pictured, seated - was one of the three winners of BBC The Verb’s New Voices commission with her work Love is a Battlefield, set in Afghanistan and in...

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Hollie McNish: 'My mum worked night shift as a nurse and had two kids. This is nothing!'

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Two of her YouTube videos have been seen a total of more than three million times. Last month leading performance poet Hollie McNish won a £10,000 Arts Foundation award for spoken word. In April she p...

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The search for peace after war: one former soldier's story

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“The war starts the day you leave the army …”  Former soldier Lee Blunt talks to Frances Spurrier about the impetus behind his new book of poems, From the Trench to the Park Bench: a reflection on the...

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War poet Dan O'Brien: 'I want to move the reader. Empathy is the goal'

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It began when American playwright and poet Dan O’Brien heard an interview with Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Paul Watson, in which Watson said he felt haunted by the ghost of the dead US sold...

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'Separating and combining the senses': the art of the poetry film

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Have you ever wondered about combining your poetry with film? Frances Spurrier interviews Zata Kitowski, director of PoetryFilm, about the creative possibilities involved in the art form.

 

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The Write Out Loud interview: Ted Hughes award winner Maggie Sawkins

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Earlier this year Maggie Sawkins won the Ted Hughes award for innovation, with Zones of Avoidance, a poetic account of a daughter’s addiction that is also an ambitious multimedia presentation using fi...

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Doctor with the right medicine: Write Out Loud interviews the Emergency Poet

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She goes round the country in a 1970s ambulance that she picked up on eBay, and with the help of an assistant, dispenses poetry on prescription to make people feel better. “Emergency Poet” Deborah Alm...

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'When you're very young it's not hard to change the direction of your life': Write Out Loud interviews Brian Patten

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He tried to join the circus, then shot to fame as a poet in his teens after packing in his job as a local reporter. Brian Patten, whose name is synonymous with the Mersey poets, and who will be appear...

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Why I admire Dylan Thomas: the influences on Argentinian poet Luis Benítez

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Luis Benítez is an Argentinian poet who has been honoured in France, Italy, Uruguay, and Mexico, as well as in his own country. His books have been published in Chile, France, Mexico, Romania, Sweden,...

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The Write Out Loud interview: Sean Borodale

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Sean Borodale is a writer and artist. His first collection of poems, Bee Journal - a poem-journal of bee-keeping kept over two years - was shortlisted for both the 2012 Costa and TS Eliot awards. H...

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The Write Out Loud interview: Mark Niel

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Mark Niel had a career in financial services – and then he threw it all up for the world of spoken word, to do something with his life “that fitted the real me”. The poet laureate of Milton Keynes ...

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The Write Out Loud interview: Rhian Edwards

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Young Welsh poet Rhian Edwards has won a place on the shortlist of the prestigious Forward prize for her first collection, Clueless Dogs, after last year winning Wales's top performance poetry awar...

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The Write Out Loud interview: Kenneth Steven

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Kenneth Steven is a children’s author and poet, living near Perth.  His services were recently retained by organisers of the Wigan Words festival and I was fortunate to work alongside him at a loca...

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