Late last year Raine Geoghegan launched a second pamphlet of poetry that documents and celebrates her Romany heritage. Her family picked fruit, vegetables and hops in Herefordshire and Kent, and many of her poems are inspired by actual events, personal stories, and photographs. In an interview with Write Out Loud Raine, who formerly worked in theatre and turned to writing after a long spell of ill...
13th January 2020
A few weeks ago I was saddened to hear of the death of one of my great sporting heroes, the former England Test cricketer Bob Willis. But the sadness was lifted to some degree – even though I blubbed – when I read poet Andy Jackson’s ‘Otwituary’ in his memory. Here it is in its entirety: “When looki...
1st January 2020
8th July 2019
'I believe that poetry can help in so many ways with good mental health': Emergency Poet Deborah Alma
The Emergency Poet Deborah Alma – who dispenses poetic remedies from her special ambulance – plans to park her much-travelled vehicle and set up a permanent poetry pharmacy in a former ironmonger’s sh...
25th February 2019
17th February 2018
While visiting the Poetry Book Fair in London’s Conway Hall last month, we bumped into poet Grim Chip, pictured, one of the driving forces behind Picket Line Poets. Write Out Loud is always interested...
31st October 2017
The writer, poet, TV and film producer Henry Normal – the man behind Mrs Merton, The Royle Family, Gavin and Stacey, The Mighty Boosh, and Alan Partridge, to name but a few - has launched his first ne...
12th October 2017
21st July 2017
20th April 2017
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 ...
10th April 2017
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 ...
29th March 2017
14th March 2017
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...
1st February 2017
21st November 2016
7th October 2016
1st October 2016
8th September 2016
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...
9th June 2016
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...
2nd November 2015
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...
8th October 2015
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...
30th July 2015
'The pleasures of performing include the frisson that it might all go wrong - and the nice cup of tea afterwards': Kate Fox
30th June 2015
'There's no reason why poetry should have such a small readership': Paul McMenemy on his plans for a poetry bookshop
8th June 2015
1st June 2015
‘There’s no real reason why poetry should have such a small readership’: Write Out Loud interviews Paul McMenemy about his planned poetry bookshop
31st May 2015
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 ...
10th May 2015
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...
9th April 2015
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...
22nd March 2015
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...
25th February 2015
“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...
16th February 2015
12th February 2015
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.
2nd January 2015
11th December 2014
1st December 2014
'When you're very young it's not hard to change the direction of your life': Write Out Loud interviews Brian Patten
11th November 2014
31st August 2014
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...
27th March 2013
12th February 2013
13th August 2012