Give it a go! Cinnamon offers chance to have your first collection published

Could your first poetry collection be selected for the shortlist of the Forward prize for best first collection? The next deadline to enter a competition for a Cinnamon Press poetry collection award is 30 June.  The winning author has his/her poetry collection published with Welsh publishers Cinnamon Press and receives a prize of £100. An anthology of the best poems submitted will also be publi...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

Competitions

Dominic Berry's wizard new show

Wizard, a new poetry-fantasy-theatre show by Manchester poet Dominic Berry – described as one man and his kettle against the world – is being staged at Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, from Wednesday 28 March to Saturday 31 March. Suitable for ages 14-plus, tickets are £8/£5. The show starts at ...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

News

Festivals on the way: line-ups for Cheltenham and Latitude

Organisers of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival are looking for volunteers to help, and are offering free tickets to those that do, Write Out Loud understands. Email cheltpoetryfest@hotmail.co.uk  for...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

News

Winston Plowes is our Bard in the Bog

Write Out Loud’s ever-popular Winston Plowes has found a captive audience for his work – in the public loos of the Shetland Isles.

The Bards in the Bog project  - profits go to the charity Wate...

Read and leave comments (6)

 

News

Full Blood: John Siddique

One is reminded at times, in reading Full Blood, published by Salt, that a poet can have multiple voices – and that some styles within a single poet’s oeuvre can work very differently than others. ...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

Review

And it was at that age that poetry arrived in search of me

I am glad that we at least are doing something for World Poetry Day. UNESCO UK does not seem to have done much to promote it, disappointingly.

We do, largely, have a rather anglo-centric view o...

Read and leave comments (3)

 

Julian's Blog

Julian Stannard at Portsmouth's Tongues and Grooves

Winchester poet Julian Stannard is guest at  Portsmouth’s Tongues and Grooves, on Sunday 25 March at the Florence Arms, Southsea, at 8pm. Entry is £3 to this open mic event. Six open mic slots are ...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

News

Charlotte Henson at Write Out Loud Middleton

Charlotte Henson is guest poet at Write Out Loud Middleton on Sunday, 25 March. It’s a 7pm start for the open mic night at the Ring O’ Bells, St Leonard’s Square, Middleton, all masterminded by Gem...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

News

Leeds Peace Poetry's Olympics truce contest

Leeds Peace Poetry competition is inviting entries on an interpretation of the theme of Olympic truce. The concept of the Olympic truce was established as part of the ancient Greek Olympics, when a...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

Competitions

The right mix: the rationale behind creating an event

Canal – poetry for two voices will take place at the Poetry Café on Thursday 22 March.  What was the rationale behind creating a reading equally shared by two speakers?

An early short poem of m...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

Tales from the venues

Manchester's Monkey Poet introduces Spoke 'N' Heard

Spoke ‘N’ Heard, a new spoken word night in Manchester compered by Monkey Poet, kicks off on Wednesday 21 March with guests Ross Sutherland and Jackie Hagan at Gullivers pub, Oldham Street, Manches...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

News

RSPB and The Rialto Nature poetry competition

There's still plenty of time to enter a Nature poetry competition organised by the RSPB and The Rialto poetry magazine.  The deadline is 30 April 2012 – and according to the Rialto, which recently ...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

Competitions

Wirral's Festival of Firsts poetry contest

Wirral Festival of Firsts open poetry competition is inviting entries and has expanded its categories for its second year. There are now three: Open, a poem on any subject, no more than 40 lines. F...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

Competitions

Discovering Japan: Mab Jones on a cultural trip to the far east

Write Out Loud’s performance poetry diarist Mab Jones has headed for Japan to appear in a cultural festival in Osaka later this month. Her performance is part  an annual event celebrating Wales and...

Read and leave comments (1)

 

News

Write Out Loud Bolton moves to new venue

Write Out Loud Bolton is on the move again  - to the upstairs function room at the Brooklyn pub at Green Lane, Bolton, on Sunday 18 March. The change of venue for the open mic event has been forced...

Read and leave comments (1)

 

News

Meet the challenge: charity anthology to raise disabilities awareness

A fund-raising project in the north-west called Unique Driven Determined is planning an anthology of poetry about human differences and qualities, disabilities and impairments - and how people deal...

Read and leave comments (3)

 

Competitions

Leading poets praise Fiona Sampson

The resignation of the editor of Poetry Review, Fiona Sampson, has prompted a letter of support from an impressive array of poets, including Don Paterson, John Burnside, David Harsent, Jo Shapcott,...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

News

Magic: new open mic night in Todmorden

A new spoken word open mic night is being launched in Todmorden, with a star line-up of guests – John Clarke and Jimmy Andrews, from Wakefield’s Red Shed, Write Out Loud favourite Winston Plowes, f...

Read and leave comments (1)

 

News

Write Out Loud Marsden to celebrate World Poetry Day

By happy circumstance, Write Out Loud Marsden coincides this month with World Poetry Day on 21 March. There will be a short talk on – and a couple of poems by - Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, plus the ...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

News

Help us fill a big gap in mid Wales

As a Montgomeryshire poet, I have long bemoaned the absence of an informal open mic evening in my local area. Several times a year I travel the three-hour round trip to Chester to perform at - and ...

Read and leave comments (1)

 

Tales from the venues

Neil Astley to judge Poetry London competition

Neil Astley, founding editor of Bloodaxe Books, is this year’s judge of the Poetry London competition, now in its 13th year. The deadline is 1 May. First prize is £1,000, second £500, and third £20...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

Competitions

Poet laureate's poem for Paralympics venue

Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate, has given a reading of her poem for London 2012, tracing the 100-year history of the venue chosen for the Paralympics – and spoken of her belief that, just as sp...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

News

Joy France tours poetry nights to raise charity awareness

Popular north-west poet Joy France is embarking on a mission this month, aiming to attend as many poetry events in the region as she can in order to raise awareness of juvenile diabetes. She will b...

Read and leave comments (3)

 

News

Top prize of £300 in Welsh poetry contest

The International Welsh poetry competition 2012 is open for submissions, with a deadline of 27 May. This year’s judge is Welsh writer and environmentalist John Evans.  First prize is £300, second £...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

Competitions

Nearly no More Poetry; or, who'd be a poetry organiser?

‘You can tell me to sod off if you like, but our guest poet’s from Northumberland and it’s a long way to come to read in this noise. I’ve no right to ask you to move, you’ve come for a drink and yo...

Read and leave comments (12)

 

Tales from the venues

Fiona Sampson to leave Poetry Review

The editor of Poetry Review, Fiona Sampson, is leaving the Poetry Society to develop her career in other directions, the Poetry Society announced today. The society said: “She is in great demand as...

Read and leave comments (5)

 

News

Click on this? Poetic links

* Marvellous poem by Charlotte Higgins, one of the Poetry Society's Slambassador winners

* He's still going strong, of course. But here's a short piece about John Cooper-Clarke when he first bu...

Read and leave comments (4)

 

News

Arvon launches 2012 poetry courses

Arvon has launched its 2012 programme of residential writing courses with a wealth of poetry tuition on offer. Five-day courses at its rural writing centres in Devon, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Inve...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

Courses

The Men Pomes: all you need to know about men?

Gerry Potter brings his one-man show The Men Pomes – “a mixture of poetics, theatre and stand-up” about working-class men “as you’ve never seen them before” - to Studio Salford above the Kings Arms...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

News

Established and emerging poets join forces in anthology

An anthology of new poetry from established and emerging writers will be launched on 7 March, at Bar 1:22, 120 New Street, Castlegate, Huddersfield. A Complicated Way Of Being Ignored is published ...

Read and leave comments (0)

 

News

RSS feed icon

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more Hide this message