Tony Harrison to give 80th birthday reading at Salts Mill

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Celebrated poet and playwright Tony Harrison will be marking his 80th birthday on 30 April with a reading at Salts Mill, Saltaire, near Bradford. Leeds-born Harrison is regarded as one of Britain’s foremost verse writers. Thirty years ago his poem ‘v.’, about the desecration of his parents’ graves by football hooligans, was broadcast on Channel 4 and became the centre of a media controversy, with ...

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Last day of voting in Saboteur awards - deadline is midnight tonight

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Hollie McNish, Salena Godden, Dominic Berry, Lisa Luxx, and Caleb Femi are on the shortlist for best spoken word performer in the Saboteur awards, it was announced on Monday by organisers Sabotage Reviews. Voting is now open until 30 April to find the winners.

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Fore! Golf's laureate aims to inspire more people to take up the game

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The poetry of golf, anyone? National Golf Month, which begins on 1 May, has appointed its first golf laureate to help reverse the decline in the game and inspire people to take up the sport.

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Attila the Stockbroker to mark Brighton's promotion to Premier League with poem on the pitch

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Performance poet and devoted and tireless football fan Attila the Stockbroker, who has been Brighton and Hove Albion’s poet in residence since 2000, will perform his poem ‘Goldstone Ghosts’ on the pit...

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Party night at London's Rich Mix for poets inspired by hip hop

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Poets Inua Ellams, Maria Ferguson, Anthony Anaxagorou, Bridget Minamore, Omar Bynon, Ruth Sutoyé, Lionheart, Belinda Zhawi, Emmanuel Sugo, and Theresa Lola will be taking part in an evening of hip hop...

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TV writer and producer Henry Normal returns to his poetry roots with Manchester book launch

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A leading writer, comedian and TV producer with credits such as The Royle Family and Gavin & Stacey is returning to his poetry roots with the launch of a collection of 70 poems selected from his early...

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From books to magazines: new poetry fair in London next month

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Free Verse, organisers of the annual Poetry Book Fair in London, are staging a new event next month – a poetry magazine fair. Print magazines such as Acumen, Agenda, Ambit, Butcher's Dog, The Frogmore...

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Laycock, Armitage, Write Out Loud: walkers to launch Marsden poetry trail

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Walkers are being invited to come along on Monday 24 April at 9am to help launch a poetry trail in the Pennine village of Marsden in West Yorkshire. The 9.5-mile walk will start at the stone, pictured...

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Feasting on words: Write Out Loud's Poetry Lunch at literary festival in Woking

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Write Out Loud is presenting a Poetry Lunch featuring four guest poets and a host of open micers at a literary festival in Woking on Saturday 22 April. Geoff ‘Speech Painter’ Allnutt, Alison Hill, Mag...

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Write Out Loud at Marsden library tonight

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Write Out Loud Marsden is moving from its usual Wednesday slot to Tuesday, starting from this month. April’s Write Out Loud Marsden will be on Tuesday 18 April, at Marsden library at 7.30pm, entry £2....

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Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside tonight

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Jolivia Gaston, Stuart Buck and Jo Williams are the guests at Write Out Loud Sale, on Tuesday 18 April at the Waterside arts centre, Sale. Entry is £3/£2 to this open mic poetry night, which starts at...

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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, Send, near Woking on Easter Monday 17 April for another night of open-mic poetry. Your hosts are Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood. Free entry. Sign up from 7.30pm ...

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Write Out Loud at Bolton Socialist Club tonight

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Write Out Loud Bolton meets at Bolton Socialist Club on Easter Sunday 16 April for a night of open-mic poetry compered by Gordon Zola and Jeffarama!  It starts at 7.30pm and entry is £1 plus raffle. M...

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Steve Pottinger at Write Out Loud Wigan tonight

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Steve Pottinger will be appearing at Write Out Loud Wigan on Thursday 13 April as part of a special Wigan arts festival event. Entry is free to this open mic poetry event at the Old Courts in Wigan. I...

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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 at Stockport art gallery on Monday 10 April to share their poems. Each month a collage poem is produced from contributions, and you can read March’s...

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Hollie McNish's poetic memoir about motherhood wins Ted Hughes award

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Hollie McNish has won this year’s £5,000 Ted Hughes award for new work in poetry for her poetic memoir Nobody Told Me, which has been described as a collection of “diary” poems and stories, documentin...

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Stephen Sexton wins £5,000 National Poetry Competition

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Stephen Sexton has won this year’s £5,000 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Curfew’, the Poetry Society announced on Wednesday night. The winning poem combines reminiscence about a legend...

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'Babi Yar' poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko dies aged 84

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The Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who gained international fame with ‘Babi Yar’, a poem that told of the slaughter of nearly 34,000 Jews by the Nazis in Ukraine, has died at the age of 84.

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Start today - prompts aplenty on the way during National Poetry Writing Month

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It's April - and National Poetry Writing Month has begun. It’s an idea that has gone global, with poets around the world invited to try writing a daily poem for a month - 30 poems in 30 days. You can ...

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Mark Pajak at Puzzle Poets in Sowerby Bridge tonight

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Bridport prize winner Mark Pajak is guest poet at Puzzle Poets Live at the Blind Pig pub in Sowerby Bridge, on Monday 3 April. Winston Plowes is also on the bill, plus open mic. More details

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