Salt Cellar

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As part of its tenth birthday celebrations next year, Salt Publishing will launch a network of ten Modern Writing Centres, - Salt Cellars. The centres will coordinate tours, readings and events for its authors and will also act as hubs for the development of its UK and Irish publishing plans. The initiative will support Salt’s authors through co-ordinated outreach programmes working with local gro...

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CPA Annual Poetry Contest

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The Canadian Poetry Association has just announced the judge for its annual poetry writing contest. This year, the CPA is pleased to welcome publisher, author, and poet – Joe Blades, to judge the competition. An active member of the BlackTop Motorcycle Gang writers’ group, President of the Canadian ...

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Express Excess

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Express Excess is the ever popular, fortnightly show that has been running at the Enterprise in Camden for the past 11 years; and on Wednesday, 2nd December and Wednesday 16th, there will be two great...

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Beat - New Weekly Poetry Night in Soho

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BEAT is a new & different kind of poetry night in Soho, London.

Situated in the becoming facilities of Peter Parker’s Rock n Roll Club, on the legendary Denmark Street in the heart of Soho, the night o...

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New Titles from Flarestack

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In 2009, Flarestack Poets, the new imprint from Flarestack Publishing, ran a pamphlet competition to choose the first three titles from the new press. Judged by Meredith Andrea and Jacqui Rowe, co-dir...

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The antidote to boredom

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Here are six photos to make some sort of creative reaction too... whether it's a poem, flash fiction, short sentence, a short story, six words describing each image, a poem, or, if you're REALLY bor...

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Hawddamor!

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If you think your work has what it takes to win then you might like to enter Cardiff's International Poetry Competition. This is one of the UK’s leading poetry competitions and offers one of the large...

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Journal of British & Irish Innovative Poetry Launch

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 Wednesday, 9th December at 4pm sees the launch of the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry at the University of Salford. The journal aims to provide a home for critical articles on the hist...

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Little Machines

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‘Little Machines’ by Simon Rennie (Write Out Loud’s very own - Siren) was officially launched at Manchester Central Library on the 26th November. And you can read Darren Thomas’s review by following...

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My Gaudi House

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This month's poem was chosen by Ernesto Sarezale. Ernesto says of it, "How is one not to like a poem about Gaudi's poetic architecture? Not only that, Graham Buchan manages to include evocative tribu...

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2010 Writing Courses in Wales

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Fancy freeing up your creative juices with like-minded people? Want to pick up a pen, let your imagination wander, cast your words to the winds?


Ever thought of treating yourself to a writing ...

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wordPLAY on Twisted Christmas

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The time has come for the last wordPLAY of the year, and you can expect the usual laid-back, all-welcoming atmosphere and general jollity of the wordPLAY audience.

‘Twisted Christmas’ is the loose th...

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Peace in the Red Shed

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The guest speaker at December’s Red Shed Readings in Wakefield, on Thursday December 3rd, is not only an amazing writer, he is also local.

David Peace, the author of Red Riding Trilogy, The Damned Un...

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Write to Speak

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Yorkshire's first theatre based spoken word night will be returning to the studio space at Hull Truck theatre on Wednesday 9th December featuring Byron Vincent and Molly Naylor, hosted by Joe Hakim an...

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Poetry in Cardiff's Promised Land

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The Promised Land in Cardiff is the venue for the Poetry on Tap reading series, the next one of which is on Sunday 13th December from 2pm.

Poetry on Tap is Cardiff’s newest monthly poetry and spoken...

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Winner of John Tripp Award 2009

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The 2009 John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry came to a head on Thursday 19 November as Academi hosted the much anticipated Grand Final in Cardiff. An unprecedented number of supporters, writers, lit...

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I Told You

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Ernesto's poem has been withdrawn at his request. 

Julian Jordon says:

This site is run as a service to users and is largely funded and run by volunteers. We do not claim to be perfect but do our best...

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POETS & …(YOU’VE HAD YOUR) CHIPS

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For reasons even I can’t explain - some things are just meant to go together. Laurel and Hardy. Morecombe and Wise. Beans and Toast. This list is long. Perhaps, too long - but nowhere on it would yo...

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Wirral Meet Again...

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The other night, Wigan’s self-proclaimed Wooden Horse and me went for a ride. Cajoled by a carefully scripted ‘Gig Guide’ feature, we made our way to an event that stated in no uncertain terms - ‘...

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A Tree With a Thousand Wings by Harish Meenashru

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The first thing to say about this book is that it’s beautiful; I’m used to reading slim volumes of verse that all, no matter how good or indifferent the content is, tend to look the same. ‘A Tree with...

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H2O

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This month's poem was chosen by Ross Kightly. Ross read through every poem on every profile and says it was very difficult to choose a winner. He narrowed it down to a shortlist of 25 and then, eve...

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Ó Bhéal and The Whitehouse - Tonight

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Ó  Bhéal - Irish for 'by word of mouth' or 'of the mouth' (pronounced 'Oh veil'), is a weekly, open-mic, event for all forms of original poetry, in Cork.

There is a different guest poet every week, ...

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Call For Submissions

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The 10th issue of Conversation Poetry Quarterly (Winter 2009/10) is now open to submissions.

Many thoughtful, experimental, social and philosophical poets have graced the pages of CPQ since 2007 and t...

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Home Sweet Home

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Home is where the heart is, we say – but how does ‘home’ affect your poetry?

Home, and its inspiration for your writing, is the theme for The Poetry School’s writing workshop to be held on Saturday, ...

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Sirenator: The Rise of the Machines

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`Poems are little machines made out of words'. Which, apparently, is what somebody once said when asked to explain just what is a poem? The more you think about - the more this utterance makes some so...

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Write Out Loud's November News Letter

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There's a buzz about Write Out Loud these days!

We've got a new web team in place and they are already making an impact with the site having record numbers of hits, contributions and events - 300 NEW...

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Meet The Web Team

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‘Write Out Loud’ has a new online team to help bring you a better news service; more gigs that are better managed; a whole new Features section and more support, particularly for new members, than eve...

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Tagging Blogs

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Our technical team have been working hard to provide you with a couple of new features to enhance your enjoyment of WOL.

Firstly - you can now ‘tag’ your poems and/or blogs with key words, and search...

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Spotlight on Lancaster

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This Friday, November 20th, sees The Spotlight back in Lancaster at The Storey Auditorium, on Meeting House Lane, as it’s time once more for this popular monthly event of poetry, prose, and music.

Co...

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Teacher in The Spotlight

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According to W.B. Yeats - ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire’. Most of us have an inspirational teacher or two that we remember with fondness, but not many have the op...

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Small Publishers Fair

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This weekend RGAP – the research group for artists publications, have organised an international fair celebrating books by contemporary artists, writers, poets, composers, book designers, and their pu...

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SLAMbassadors 2009

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Benjamin Zephaniah and Scroobius Pip join the Poetry Society and BBC Blast in celebrating some of the most outstanding young voices from around the country.

With identity as their theme, over 200 you...

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Third Derwent Poetry Festival

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The 2009 Derwent Poetry Festival will take place at Masson Mills, Matlock Bath over the weekend of 20th-22nd November.

The festival launches nine new titles from poetry publishing house, Templar, ...

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Poetry Mongolia

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The Poetry Mongolia project is a collaboration between English and Mongolian women poets, including Dulmaa Shagdar, Suglegmaa Hurgaa, Ulziitugs Luvsandorj , Munkhsetseg Gompildoo and Oyundari Tsaga...

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Hull Holds Larkin Festival

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A festival to celebrate the life and work of Philip Larkin has been announced, culminating in the unveiling of a statue in his honour in Hull
http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/news/City-unveil-P...

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The Wrong Trouser(s) Town

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Hebden Bridge forms part of the Upper Calder Valley situated in amongst the hills of West Yorkshire. It shares its Metropolitan borders with those lesser known Yorkshire hamlets namely ‘Semi-conscio...

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Manchester's "unsung" Seeks New Work

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"unsung" is a FREE monthly magazine that helps promote all the unsung, underrated, underground, unheard voices of Manchester. They publish prose, poetry, essays, pretty much anything that is good writ...

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Ambit's 200 WORDS competition!

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To celebrate their 200th issue Ambit are holding their first ever competition. The challenge is to send 200 words of poetry or prose, on any subject and in any style.

1st prize: £500
2nd prize: £200
3rd ...

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Cinnamon Press - Call for Submissions

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Cinnamon Press are looking for submissions to an anthology of sequences – written as poetry (all styles and subjects welcome) or prose poetry. Your sequence should contain between 3 and 12 poems/prose...

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Blankpages Issue 16 OUT NOW!

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.... and this month is a poetry special featuring Manchester's queer vegan performance poet, Dominic Berry, whilst Justin Walsh serves up absurdities and nonsense. There are poetic treats from John Le...

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Knit one, purl one.

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On Sunday 22nd November the Knitted Poem arrives in Manchester, and with it comes
a rare opportunity to see inside Manchester's Edwardian water palace - Victoria Baths.

 

The Poetry Society’s giant c...

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Lancaster - Performance Writing Workshop

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The workshop will be held from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Friday November 20th
at The Storey Creative Industries Centre, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH

Facilitator: Ann Wilson -
Ann is the regular host ...

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New Regular Poetry Event in Cardiff

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CARDIFF, WALES - Poets PETER FINCH and LESLIE MCMURTRY will read their latest work at the new Poetry on Tap reading series on Sunday, 15 November, upstairs at the Promised Land, Windsor Place (off Que...

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