Write Out Loud Woking at the New Inn on Monday

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Write Out Loud Woking returns to the New Inn at Send, near Woking, for another night of free, open-mic poetry on Monday 21 August. Your compere is Greg Freeman. Sign up from 7.30pm for 8pm start.  More details and Map

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Poetry on the upsurge at Edinburgh book festival

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A few years ago Write Out Loud was in Edinburgh for the Fringe and the book festival – and was a little disappointed at the amount of poetry on offer at the latter. It is fair to say things have changed since then. Many of the biggest names in poetry will be appearing at this year’s Edinburgh book f...

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Publishers Templar to stage day of poetry at Keats House

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Poetry publishers Templar are presenting a day-long festival at Keats House, Hampstead in London on 27 August, including readings and workshops. Poets taking part are Oliver Comins, Alex McMllen, Paul...

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Write Out Loud at Bolton Socialist Club tonight

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Write Out Loud Bolton is back at Bolton Socialist Club on Sunday 20 August at 7.30pm for 8pm start. Entry is £1 plus raffle for this open mic poetry event hosted by Jeffarama! and Gordon Zola. More de...

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Bobowler, cheeselog, dimpsy ... 12 poets to highlight forgotten dialect words

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Twelve poets have been commissioned to write poems using local dialect words from a shortlist drawn up by Oxford English Dictionary experts to help celebrate National Poetry Day.

The #freetheword p...

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Write Out Loud returns to Wednesday slot at Marsden library

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Write Out Loud Marsden returns to its traditional slot of Wednesday evening at Marsden library on 16 August - and the theme is money. You can read your own poems, someone else's or just listen. Ignore...

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Director launches plea for new trustees to keep poetry festival going

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South Downs poetry festival has launched an appeal for new trustees to take over and keep the festival running for a third year. In a message to supporters, the festival director, Tim Dawes, pictured,...

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Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Members of Write Out Loud Stockport will be meeting on Monday 14 August at Stockport art gallery to share and discuss their poems. Each month a collage poem is produced from the group’s contributions,...

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Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts tonight

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There’s another feast of open-mic poetry at Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts on Thursday 10 August. Entry is free, and it starts at 8.30pm. More details and Map

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Tour of three locals to launch village's poems in pubs project

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A journey that would gladden the heart of Dylan Thomas – and a few other poets besides – will take place in the West Yorkshire village of Marsden on Thursday 10 August. Poets will visit three pubs in ...

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Spoken word at Edinburgh Fringe, from Attila the Stockbroker to Carol Ann Duffy

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Edinburgh in August! The buzz of the Royal Mile, the flyers thrust at you every few seconds, the dilemma of which shows to go to, and how much you can cram in … Write Out Loud has produced its annual ...

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Story of lost war poet of Wales is screened on BBC2

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The story of a Welsh poet who won one of the main literary prizes at the national Eisteddfod but was killed in the first world war before he was able to claim it has been told on BBC2. Hedd Wyn’s succ...

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Plan to curb 'huddled masses' turns spotlight on Statue of Liberty poem

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A row between a journalist and a White House adviser at a Washington press briefing – not much of a story there – has nevertheless turned the spotlight on the famous Statue of Liberty line, “Give me y...

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Michael Gove quotes Larkin's lament for England in speech on environment

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Jeremy Corbyn isn’t the only leading politician with a penchant for poetry. The environment secretary, Michael Gove, has quoted Philip Larkin at length in a recent speech, while at the same time confe...

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