Roy Fisher, modernist poet with a love of jazz, dies aged 86

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The “late modernist” poet Roy Fisher has died aged 86, after a short illness. He was born in Handsworth, Birmingham, and after studying English at Birmingham University, taught in schools and colleges, and went on to lecture in American Studies at Keele University from 1971 until his retirement in 1982. Reviewing Fisher’s poetry in the Guardian, Sean O’Brien wrote: “Fisher stands outside, or along...

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Poets around the country to celebrate and defend women's rights

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A new group of poets around the country will be celebrating feminism and women’s rights with poetry and live arts in London, Bristol, Brighton, Manchester and Cumbria.

The Persisters are organising events of “artistic activism and excellence, fund-raising and spirit-raising” called Holding the Li...

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Best spoken word performer, top poetry night? Deadline nears on Saboteur award nominations

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Nominations are open for the 2017 Saboteur indie lit awards, organised by Sabotage Reviews. They include such categories as best poetry pamphlet, best spoken word performer, best spoken word regular n...

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Play by Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish celebrates women's football pioneers

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A play about two pioneers of women’s football that has been written by performance poets Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish is beginning a national tour. Offisde focuses on the stories of two female fo...

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Nobel prize poet Sir Derek Walcott dies aged 87

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The Nobel prizewinning Caribbean poet and playwright, Sir Derek Walcott, has died at his home in St Lucia aged 87. He was professor of poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013. His works in...

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Day of events at Steep to mark Edward Thomas centenary

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The centenary of the death of Edward Thomas, who was killed on 9 April 1917 at the battle of Arras, will be marked on Sunday 9 April 2017 by organisers of South Downs poetry festival with a series of ...

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Outer Hebrides to Offa's Dyke: 'Best of British' anthology to be launched

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An anthology of poems about different aspects of Britain, from its rolling hills to its people to its motorways, will be launched on 1 April in Tunbridge Wells by publishers Paper Swans Press.

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Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside tonight

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Kate Garrett and Amy Kinsman are the guest poets at Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside arts centre, Sale, on Tuesday 21 March – World Poetry Day! Entry is £3 to this open mic-poetry night, which sta...

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Rescheduled Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Stockport Write Out Loud's March meeting, originally fixed for Monday 13 March at Stockport art gallery, was switched to Monday 20 March because of the 24-hour Northern rail strike. Each month group m...

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Write Out Loud Woking at the New Inn tonight

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Write Out Loud Woking is at the New Inn at Send, near Woking, on Monday 20 March for another night of open-mic poetry hosted by Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood. Entry is free. Sign up from 7.30pm for 8pm...

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Brian Patten to judge Write Out Loud's Milestones poetry competition

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Legendary Liverpool poet Brian Patten will be judging the forthcoming Milestones poetry competition, run by Write Out Loud on behalf of the Milestone Society. Details of how to enter the competition –...

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Write Out Loud at Bolton Socialist Club tonight

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Bolton’s Write Out Loud open mic night is now back in its traditional slot of third Sunday in the month, and will be meeting on Sunday 19 March at Bolton Socialist Club. It’s hosted by Jeffarama! and ...

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Salena Godden and Hollie McNish on Ted Hughes award shortlist

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Spoken word stars Hollie McNish and Salena Godden are on the shortlist for this year’s Ted Hughes award for new work in poetry, along with Jay Bernard, Will Eaves, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Harry Man, and...

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The pleasure principle at Write Out Loud Marsden tonight

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Lenten abstinence may be the order of the day for some but on Wednesday 15 March Write Out Loud Marsden is inviting poets to share poems on the theme of “debauchery, bad habits and guilty pleasures”. ...

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Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts tonight

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Never mind fake news, here’s real poetry! It’s Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts in Wigan on Thursday  9 March. Entry is free to this long-running, rollicking and raucous open mic night, and it s...

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Saying it with poetry on a day of celebration

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Happy international women’s day! From Newcastle to Southend to Falmouth, there are poetry events taking place to celebrate it. In Newcastle there’s an evening of reading and discussion of poetry by wo...

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Australian Stolen Generations poet wins $165,000 US prize

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An Indigenous Australian poet has won a US literary prize worth $165,000 (£134,000). Ali Cobby Eckermann had been nominated for the Windham-Campbell prize, which is administered by Yale University. Ec...

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Max Wallis is gay social network's first poet in residence

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The gay social networking app Grindr has appointed its first poet in residence. Max Wallis, who used to blog his poems regularly on Write Out Loud, will be making a video poem each month.

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'It's depressing': Luke Wright's 'old-fashioned rant' about spoken word on TV ads

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Leading performance poet Luke Wright has sounded a sceptical note about poetry on TV adverts such as the recent Nationwide building society campaign, saying it is “depressing” to see it being used in ...

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Hitting the heights: 60 poets lined up for five-day Stanza festival at St Andrews

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Stanza, one of the UK’s biggest poetry festivals, begins on Wednesday 1 March. The two themes at Stanza 2017 at St Andrews will be the Heights of Poetry, celebrating hills and mountains, and On the Ro...

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Crowdfunder campaign to publish anthology by deaf and disabled poets

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A Crowdfunder campaign to fund an anthology of poetry and essays by D/deaf and disabled poets and writers is three-quarters towards its £2,500 target, with just over two weeks left. Nine Arches Press ...

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Penguin to publish Adrian Mole's collected poetry

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Penguin is publishing The Collected Poems by Adrian Mole - in the character's own imprint Mole Press - to celebrate the 50th birthday of Sue Townsend's creation, the Bookseller has reported.

The bo...

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