Astral Weeks

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This is a good exercise, I enjoyed doing it.  All you do is listen to songs and interpret them innocently but not in depth. 

Translations encourages you to play music and to write down the words you hear first, irrelevant of the original lyrics. Commonly, people do this all the time when singing along to songs.  Having no idea of the words but, just saying what they think it could be. 

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Translations

Cryptic Poem 001 - Heron

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The cryptic poem is the invention of Durham University's own Simon Rennie.

There are ten syllables in each line.

Each line has had two words removed but clues have been provided for them.

The rhyme scheme is ABBAB for each stanza.

Return the poem to its original form. 

 

 

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Cryptic Poem

Cryptic Poem 002: Intellect

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 The poem is regularly rhymed. The rhyme scheme is ABA BCB CDC DED EE. There are ten syllables in each line. Return the poem to its original form using the cryptic clues below.

 

Answers to...

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Cryptic Poem

Results of Cafe Writers Competition

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The winners of the Norwich Cafe Writers Open Competition have been announced from nearly 1600 poems entered from far and wide. The judge was George Szirtes
 
Open Competition

First Prize (£1000)      ...

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News

Manic Monday - Cardiff

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Manic Monday is the newest, freshest event from Jam Bones, a literary event organising company run by award-winning, Cardiff-born poetess Mab Jones. Billed as a 'spoken word cabaret', it features p...

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News

Conversation Poetry Issue 10 Available Now

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Conversation Poetry Quarterly 10  is available online now:

http://conversationpoetry.co.uk/downloads

This is the first issue of the new decade and has poetry from Ali Abdolrezaei, Colin Cam...

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News

Had Field Will Travel

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A review of Nigh-No-Place by Jen Hadfield.

There are many things to like about this book, not least the cover picture of one very aware horse in an open landscape, that we can only take to be p...

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Review

Separated at Birth (by Geography and Time and Unrelatedness)?

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Locked away in WOL’s genetic engineering laboratories, the infamous Dr. Van Kinston has been experimenting with the DNA of famous poets past and present and has had some startling if disturbing res...

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Twins?

What goes around...

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What I Do That's New is a series of articles in which poets share their trade secrets with the rest of us i.e. they describe aspects of what they do that is either innovative or just plain clever.
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What I do ...

Poetry by the Corrib

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After thirty-two years living in Galway city, all of which were involved with writing in one way or another, one has the oddest feeling that one has 'reared' most of the writers who now inhabit it....

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Trippin'

A River Runs through the Red Shed

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The former Derbyshire Poet Laureate – River Wolton, will be the special guest at Red Shed Readings on Thursday, 4thFebruary. The winner in 2004 of the Red Pepper Poetry Competition, and in 2008 of ...

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News

Huddersfield Short Story/Poetry Competition

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The Huddersfield Literature Festival is proud to announce that this year's writing competition is now open for entries.

The aim of this year's event is to write a story in fewer than 1,000 word...

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News

£5,000 Poetry Prize - Deadline Looms

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The closing date for the 2010 Cardiff International Poetry Competition is fast approaching. With only days to go until the deadline of Friday 29 January 2010 now is the time to get writing and get ...

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News

Poets Anonymous Venue Change

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Poets Anonymous are moving to a new venue for their First Friday of the month meetings.

From 5th February, and for future First Fridays, Poets Anonymous will be meeting in the bar at the Fairfi...

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News

Hebden Burns Night

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Lovers of poetry, food and/or all things Scottish are being invited to an evening of dining and entertainment in celebration of the Scotland’s beloved poet Robert Burns.
 
A traditional Burns N...

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News

The Garden of Awen in Bath

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The Garden of Awen is an evening of performance poetry, storytelling, music, and other Arcadian delights, which takes place on the first Sunday of each month at the Chapel Arts Centre in Bath.

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News

Poets and Players Celebration

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Five years ago poet Linda Chase and musical director Chris Davies got together to form Poets and Players. They began in Didsbury, but were soon invited to put on events at Whitworth Art Gallery, an...

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News

Attila the Stockbroker - 30th Anniversary Tour Dates

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Way back in December, when the idea of a white Christmas still seemed like a really good idea, we promised to bring you any news we had of Attila the Stockbroker’s 30thAnniversary tour, and true to...

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News

Poetry Bites Michael McKimm

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Belfast poet, Michael McKimm, is the special guest at Poetry Bites at the Kitchen Garden Café, King’s Heath, Birmingham, on Tuesday, 26thJanuary.

Michael was born in Belfast in 1983 and grew up...

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News

Ready for Your Close-Up?

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Have you ever had a good idea for a film? ..... perhaps even your own life-story, or maybe just an interesting event from it? But how do you go about turning that idea in to a workable film script?

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News

Where For Art Thou?

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Stockport Art Gallery will be launching a new exhibition – ‘Where For Art Thou?’ on February 14th to mark the contributions of local writers.

The exhibition, which runs until 18th April, is the...

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News

Voyage of the imbeciles

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What follows is a roistering tale of hi jinx on the high seas, but only on the part of the two imbeciles who could have got themselves killed (both of whom are involved in this very ‘zine), and onl...

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Trippin'

Sestina Siesta!

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Sympathetic Sybil is Write Out Loud's own Agony Aunt...

 

Dear Sympathetic Sybil

I am struggling trying to write a sestina. Should I try a villanelle instead or try to persevere w...

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Sympathetic Sybil

Dear Dermot

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Welcome once again, to the editorial and points of view section of Write Out Quiet, the paramillitary wing of Write Out Loud.  December was a fantastic month marred only by the sad demise of Paul B...

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Letters to the Editor

Stress, Stress and More Stress

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POETICS

 

         Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to this thingy.  The noble intention behind this monthly series of articles is to share the knowledge of metre, rhythm, and poetic form that...

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Poetics

Two Cinammon Poetry Collections

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Quaintness and Other Offences, Ann Drysdale (Cinnamon Press, 2009)

The Shadow House Kathy Miles (Cinnamon Press, 2009)

Drysdale and Miles  have different writing styles, however...

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Review

The Trouble with my "R"s

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Sympathetic Sybil is Write Out Loud's own Agony Aunt...

Dear Sympathetic Sybil,

When performing my poems or those of other people I find I have trouble with my Rs, and this makes me terribly self-con...

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Sympathetic Sybil

Music of the Spheres

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Unfortunately we have not been able to contact Constant-Ngozi Ozurumba (last months winner) so this months winner has been picked by the Write Out Loud online team.

You can find out more about So...

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Poem of the month

The weight of cows

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This month's poem was chosen by Norman Hadley. After trawling through all the profile he chose a short list of five but chose this poem because:
"The first three stanzas have a McGoughian lightne...

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Poem of the month

Fire in the Head Workshops

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Fire in the Head are offering some exciting new workshops in Devon for you to kick-start the new decade with inspiration, insight and a fresh burst of creativity.

Tomorrow, Saturday January 9th, is t...

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News

Poetrywivenhoe

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Poetrywivenhoe’s next event will be on Thursday, 28th January.

The whole evening will be an open-mic session, and whether you choose to read your own work or something by your favourite poet, you ar...

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News

Will Self at Express Excess

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The first show back for Express Excess after the Christmas break will be on Wednesday 20th January, will be quite a special start to the New Year.

They will be playing host to the sensational Will S...

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News

Calling Young Disabled Writers in Wales

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Are you a young disabled person living in Wales who has a way with words? Enter one poem or one short story of up to 500 words using “what ignites the flame for you?” as your inspiration. Think abo...

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News

Eulogise someone. No, you logise someone.

In free verse, write a big magical exagerated lie of a poem about someone you admire.

Tell us what special powers they have, what language they speak, what they invented, what objects adore them, wh...

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Workshop exercise of the month

Knit Your Own World Tour

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Trippin' is a regular column with guest writers telling us about the poetry scene where they are or, as in this case, about the experiences of a travelling poet. Send your articles for consideration i...

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Trippin'

We are (non-rhyming) poets, and we're not cognisant of it

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What I Do That's New is a series of articles in which poets share their trade secrets with the rest of us i.e. they describe aspects of what they do that is either innovative or just plain clever.

If ...

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What I do ...

Another Angle

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Wafts is a Beachcomber type column where you can expect the unexpected. Here's a comic strip for you!




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Wafts

Bank St Writers Poetry Competition - Closing Date Extended

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First prize £75, Second £50 Third £25.

 All winning entries will be published in the internationally circulating "Current Accounts" magazine. Some commended entries may also be published at the editor’...

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News

Writing from Art with Elizabeth Burns

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Litfest is offering a writing workshop using The Storey Gallery in Lancaster, using their spring group exhibition – What Happens If...? as a stimulus.

In the sessions you will explore what the artwor...

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News

Welcome

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Write Out Quiet, the Ezine section of Write Out Loud.  I have assembled a talented team and communicated an artistic vision that I wish to ...

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Editorial

Short Cuts Cabaret & Open-Mic Night

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Short Cuts is quickly gaining cult status as Suffolk’s first variety show, why not find out what all the fuss is about and go along to The Cut in Halesworth, on Friday 22nd January?

Short Cuts will b...

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News

Put Your Favourite Place on the Poetry Map

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The East Riding Library Service has teamed up with The South Bank Centre, London, on their new literary project called GPS (Global Poetry System!) which is designed to map the whereabouts of poetry in...

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News

Stealth

Loading the player…

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When I was a kid, I remember playing this game where a sheet of paper was folded  over twice, giving the page three sections.

Each kid would sketch a part of the anatomy of a monster or such like ont...

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Poetry Jam

How to make your own poetry 'zine-type thing

First of all, for anyone who doesn’t know, a zine is a booklet you make yourself of whatever you want, which you then photocopy the crap out of and either sell or give away. Sometimes you hear poets c...

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Workshop exercise of the month

Voice & Delivery - breathing 1

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Welcome to a new feature that, hopefully, will give a bit of a boost to your performance by improving the quality of your voice and delivery in performance.

My name is Chris Dawson and I am an act...

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Performance Techniques

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