Harold Pinter 1930-2008

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Playwright Harold Pinter has died aged 78 following a battle with cancer. 

Pinter wrote more than 30 plays including The Caretaker, The Homecoming and The Dumb Waiter. His film scripts include The French Lieutenant's Woman. He was also, especially in his later years, a controversial poet.

He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005.

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New feature - What I Do That's New

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What I Do That's New is a new bi-weekly feature column on Write Out Loud, in which guest poets explain their style.  Our intention is to highlight innovative ways of producing poetry and to act as a forum by which creative thinkers can share their ideas, and to encourage readers and writers to analy...

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Adrian Mitchell 1932 to 2008

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We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Adrian Mitchell, one of Britain's best loved poets, from a heart attack.  Many of us at Write Out Loud enjoyed his "evening with" at the Octagon recently...

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Flax - Call for Submissions

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Flax, the publishing imprint of Lancaster's Litfest, is looking for the best new fiction from the North West of England for Flax017.  Please send up to 1200 words. These can comprise of several shor...

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StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival

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StAnza 2009 takes place from 18?"22 March, 2009 at various venues in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

The festival is packing a lot in with poetry stars such as Elvis McGonogall, Carol Anne Duffy, Sophie Ha...

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New Poetry Event in Milton Keynes

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11 January, 2009  sees the beginning  of a brand new Performance Poetry and Spoken Word initiative that was born in Milton Keynes.   “Tongue in Chic” is a new regular Poetry and Spoken Wo...

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New Magazine Looking For Submissions

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A new mag called 'Cadre' is being launched in the new year by John G Hall (Citizen 32). John says, "Anybody can send anything, art work (black and white) jpegs, poetry,short story,reviews,factual rep...

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Winners of The Crashaw Prize 2008

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The winners of The Crashaw Prize for 2008 are:

Tom Chivers How to Build a City (UK)
Abi Curtis Unexpected Weather (UK)
Ailbhe Darcy Gone Fishing (Ireland)
Jamey Dunham The Bible of Lost Pets (USA)
Ian Pi...

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The Manchester Carols

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Following a highly-acclaimed world première last year, The Manchester Carols return to re-tell the Christmas Story for the 21st century, with texts written by the poet Carol Ann Duffy and music by the...

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Launch of "What I Do That's New"

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This month we launch a new feature on the site, with an article from Attila the Stockbroker: http://tinyurl.com/5hpmbn
Our features editor, Dermot Glennon, is inviting poets to share their secrets wit...

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Poetry Workshops Manchester

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Cadre magazine FREE Poetry Workshops will be @ The Cornerhouse, Oxford Rd,Manchester on the following dates:

8th Jan, 22nd Jan,
12th Feb, 26th Feb,
12th March, 26th March,
9th April, 23rd April,
14th May, ...

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Community Arts Development Worker Wanted

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Action Factory Community Arts works with people using participative arts to encourage them to become active partners in cultural and creative activity and build confident unified communities.

 Commu...

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Could you replace Matthew Welton?

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Part-time poetry lecturer/tutor wanted at Bolton University to replace Matthew during his semester sabbatical, Feb to June, 2009. You’ll need HE experience, be a published and practising poet. Full de...

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Results: Troubadour Poetry Prize 2008

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 Herewith, for all those who entered the second annual Troubadour Poetry Prize, news of this year's prize results.
 
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 TROUBADOUR POETRY PRIZE 2008
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COMPETITION – MY HOME TOWN

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United Press is running a competition to encourage more people into writing poetry.

Entry is free and the closing date is 31st December. £1,000 goes to the winner.

The competition is open to poets ...

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Free Books from the Poetry Society

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The Poetry Society is giving away a limited number of various Poetry Review volumes (issues 1 to 4) on a first-come, first-served basis - they only ask that you pay postage (or pick them up if y...

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The Ranfurly Review Out Now!

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The latest issue of The Ranfurly Review is now available for free download.

Fiction by ... Douglas Bruton, Alys Lowri Conran, Sara Crowley, Avis
Hickman-Gibb, J.B. Hogan, Kerry Hudson, M.D. Kempis,...

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