Wirral's Winter - Where?

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Apparently, less than one percent of the world’s authors, writers and poets are published, and when I say ‘published’ I’m talking about published in the old-fashioned sense. Where a third-party deems your work suitable, worthy, and now MUCH more importantly - COMMERCIAL enough to publish.

So, given THAT information, it would seem that the notions, concepts and ideologies that have influenced the wh...

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Clay by Mandy Coe - Book Launch

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Mandy Coe’s book launch took place last month at The Parr Street Studio 2, Liverpool. It was a wonderful venue for a launch; a room that looked as if Austin Powers had a hand in its design full of oranges and reds, filmed flames flickering on a wall, comfortable leather sofas.


Mandy wante...

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Earning a crust

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Studying Linguistics, which includes the rather dry sounding subject ‘Advanced Phonology’, is similar to drinking heavily. Each pastime has an adverse affect on your brain’s physiological capability, ...

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Talking Myself Home by Ian McMillan

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Ian McMillan hosts a weekly show, The Verb, on BBC Radio 3 and is a regular on Newsnight Review, Have I got News For You?, and the Today Programme.

He is not your stereotypical poet; those dusty chaps...

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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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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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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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The Dead House

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Having spent a small but significant part of my life dealing with death, it was incumbent upon me to enter those bland, lifeless rooms - better known in some law enforcing circles as - The Dead Hou...

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Big Chill Festival

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Words in Motion at The Big Chill 6-9 August 2009

 

The Big Chill started as the Big Deluge, catching us out as we tried to erect our tents in the dark on Thursday night. How I laughed when I ...

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RIP Steven 'Seething' Wells

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RIP Steven 'Seething' Wells : a tribute to my old ranting poetry comrade

 Just about to leave for Glasto on a Thursday morning, one final e-mail check...among the spam was a message from my footie m...

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Hovis Presley Obituary

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It was the 4th anniversary of Hovis's death earlier this month and we thought we'd mark it by reprinting Tony Hadoke's obituary. Richard was a regular at Write Out Loud and was a friend to many of us....

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Superheroes of slam - Bolton Leg

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The Stranglers once asked ‘ Whatever happened to - all those Superheroes (of poetry)…’ or something like that. Well, none got their ears burnt, or watched a Rome burn - instead, they gathered at Bo...

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The Palace of Oblivion, by Peter Davidson

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‘Lady of cultured pearls, fictitious skies, real shit:’
So goes the opening line of the first of a suite of poems, The Palace of Oblivion, which lends this collection its title. It’s a lofty conceit in...

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