Publisher hits £1,050 target in plea to fund 'dictionary' by young poet

A poetry publisher has reached its funding appeal target to help pay for the publication of a 998-page manuscript in memory of a young poet. In 2013, the innovative poet, artist, and animal rights activist Leanne Bridgewater (1989-2019) undertook the mammoth task of compiling a personal dictionary (of 12,000 words) to find a new way of sharing her view of the world, culture and history.

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Poetry School moves London courses to Somerset House

The Poetry School is marking its 25th anniversary by moving its London-based workshops, events and other activities to Somerset House Exchange, an arts centre in the heart of the capital. The move will take place on 1 February. Somerset House describes itself as “London’s working arts centre”. Previ...

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Kate Clanchy parts company with publisher after 'culture war' row

Pan Macmillan and author Kate Clanchy have parted company “by mutual consent”, following criticism of the poet and teacher’s Orwell prize-winning book, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, The ...

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A new Write Out Loud night - in Worcester!

We at Write Out Loud are very excited about a new monthly Write Out Loud night that’s starting in Worcester very soon. The first evening is being held on Monday 24 January at the History and Heritage ...

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Image of poet Maya Angelou to appear on US quarters

The image of American poet Maya Angelou, who has been dubbed the “black woman’s poet laureate”, is to appear on US quarter coins. Angelou, an American author, poet and civil rights activist, rose to p...

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Campaigners launch new appeal to 'discover' west London background of WB Yeats

Campaigners who raised £135,000 to fund an artwork to commemorate Irish poet WB Yeats’ early years in the west London suburb of Bedford Park have launched the next phase of their appeal.

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'A blazing book of rage and light': performance poet Joelle Taylor wins £20,000 TS Eliot Prize

Performance poet Joelle Taylor has won the £20,000 TS Eliot Prize for her collection C+nto and Othered Poems. The book is described as entering “the private lives of women from the butch countercultur...

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Goodbye and best wishes to Jeff Dawson after 10 years at the helm of Bolton Write Out Loud

Write Out Loud is reluctantly saying farewell, and wholeheartedly offering our thanks and warmest wishes to one of our longest-serving poetry night organisers. Jeff Dawson aka Jeffarama! has been runn...

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Hannah Lowe's 'The Kids' wins Costa poetry award

Hannah Lowe has won the Costa poetry prize with her collection of sonnets The Kids (Bloodaxe), which draws on her years of teaching in an inner-city London sixth form, and her experiences as a teenage...

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A new Write Out Loud night - in the West Midlands!

Write Out Loud is coming to the West Midlands! A new monthly Write Out Loud night is to be launched later this month in Worcester. It will be organised by Jan Scrine, and will take place at the Histor...

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