Carol Ann Duffy at Manchester literature festival, 2015

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An Evening with Carol Duffy at the Manchester literature festival was billed as the launch of the poet laureate’s first collected poems, but there was a slight hitch – no book. The German printer has gone broke, the host, critic and writer Rachel Cooke announced.

But there was still a table groaning with Duffy’s other books and although there may have been some disappointment among the sell-out...

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Linton Kwesi Johnson and Hollie McNish in Liverpool, 2016

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Saturday night saw me taking the train into Liverpool to see one of my all-time heroes – the legendary Linton Kwesi Johnson. Even better, he was being supported by one of my more recent all-time heroes, Hollie McNish. Poetic double bills don’t come much better than this, in my opinion.

The gig wa...

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Write Out Loud relives some memorable live poetry moments

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During the coronavirus shutdown Write Out Loud will be looking back at some wonderful live poetry moments over the last few years … and re-running some of our favourite reviews to refresh memories, an...

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