Long and the short of it: Gary and Richard take on poetry's giants

News has reached Write Out Loud of a spoken word double-act lined up for the Edinburgh Fringe next month. Gary From Leeds and Richard Purnell are performing The Long and the Short of it, with a mission to make poetry accessible to a wider audience. 

This year spoken word has its own section in the Edinburgh Fringe programme for the first time.

Richard Purnell said: “I hate Wordsworth as...

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Breathe in: Dog Ear poetry publishers make their mark

Write Out Loud has stumbled upon a new kind of poetry publishing that might well attract some WOL poets. Dog Ear publishes poetry, prose and cartoons online – but also selects some work to turn into bookmarks which it distributes to some bookshops and libraries. The concept is the brainchild of  ...

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Ballads of Peckham Rye: new poetry night in south-east London

Emma Jones, Simon Mole and Raymond Antrobus will be the guest poets at the launch of Outspoken, a new poetry and spoken word night of featured acts and open mic in south-east London on Sunday 29 Ju...

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Summer slam at the Sozzled Sausage

PGR poetry is staging a Summer Slam at its usual venue, the Sozzled Sausage in Regent Street, Leamington Spa, on Monday 13 August. It’s a 7.30pm start, entry is £3 (£2). The slam will take place ov...

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Best of both worlds: Rhian Edwards and Jacob Sam-La Rose on Forward prize shortlist

Two poets said to have bridged the gap between page and performance poetry have been shortlisted for the Forward prize for best first collection. Rhian Edwards, whose Clueless Dogs collection is pu...

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Launching the Robin Hood Book: here's the London event

Hot on the heels of the Manchester event comes the London launch of the Robin Hood Book, an anthology of anti-austerity poetry, on Tuesday 24 July at the Centreprise cafe at136-138 Kingsland High S...

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All you need is love: Peace Camp explores poetry and landscape

The Peace Camp, a celebration of love poetry and landscape that is part of the London 2012 festival, is coming to fruition from 19-22 July. Inspired by the Olympic Truce, whose roots date back to a...

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Write Out Loud at Middleton on Sunday

Andy N is the guest poet at Write Out Loud Middleton on Sunday 22 July. It’s a 7pm start at the Ring O’Bells, St Leonard’s Square, Middleton. Everyone is welcome to read their poems in a supportive...

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Mike Barlow at Manky Poets

Mike Barlow, who has won prizes in the National Poetry Competition and at Ledbury, and was a Manchester prize finalist, will be reading from his new collection, Charmed Lives, at Manky Poets at Cho...

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Write Out Loud at Marsden tonight

Steve Mellor will be taking over the reins as compere/MC from Julian Jordon this month at Write Out Loud Marsden. The open mic event, entry  £2, begins at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18 July at Marsden lib...

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Jackie Hagan at Write Out Loud Sale tonight

Jackie Hagan, Ben Willems and Neil Fawcett are the guests at Write Out Loud Sale on Tuesday 17 July. First-time readers are especially welcome at this open mic event, but spaces are available on a ...

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MCs wanted for Liverpool poetry night

Liverpool’s Liver Bards are looking to have regular guest MCs at future meetings, and are seeking volunteers. Organisers Steve Regan and Dave Costello usually divide the MC-ing duties up between th...

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Write Out Loud Bolton tonight

Scott Devon is guest poet at Write Out Loud Bolton on Sunday, 15 July, and Petrova Fairhurst is guest MC. Now a regular monthly open mic event once again, it’s upstairs at the Brooklyn pub, and ent...

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Sophia Blackwell and Paula Varjack at L Fest

Performance poets Sophia Blackwell, pictured, and Paula Varjack will be appearing at L Fest, a weekend celebration of lesbian culture and community, from 13-16 July, at West Midlands Showground, Sh...

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This sporting life: poet Terry Caffrey at launch of museum show

Poet Terry Caffrey will be performing and running a workshop on Saturday 14 July to help launch an exhibition at the newly-opened National Football Museum in Manchester. Our Sport Our Life is prese...

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'Independent, awkward' poet laureate wins PEN Pinter award

The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has been awarded the PEN Pinter prize for her ability to be “independent and sometimes awkward, to make important points through her work”. The prize was set up ...

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Top line-up of poets at Latitude festival

Aoife Mannix, pictured, Benjamin Zephaniah, Byron Vincent, John Hegley, Mark Grist, Andrew McMillan, Dean Atta, Jonny Fluffypunk, Mark Niel, Scroobius Pip and Tony Harrison are just a few of the bi...

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Write Out Loud at Wigan tonight

Joy France and Isobel will be keeping order in their roles as this month’s comperes at Write Out Loud Wigan on Thursday 12 July at the Tudor House hotel. The fun starts at 8.30pm at this free, open...

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Write Out Loud Stockport on Monday

Entry is only a £1 donation and newcomers are made especially welcome at Write Out Loud Stockport, on Monday 7 July in the inspirational surroundings of Stockport art gallery. The open mic event on...

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Roll up for Wirral festival's Poetry Proms

Over 100 poets – many of them Write Out Loud members – are expected in the seaside town of Hoylake on Sunday 8 July for the Poetry Proms at Wirral’s Festival of Firsts.

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Found at Hebden Bridge arts festival - Winston Plowes

There’s a good measure of poetry at Hebden Bridge arts festival, until Sunday 8 July. Radio 4 Saturday Live regular Kate Fox will be MC at a slam at Stubbing Wharf pub at 8pm on Sunday 1 July; on S...

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Poetry Parnassus: how the poems rained down on London

It’s been billed as the largest poetry festival in the UK – Poetry Parnassus at London's Southbank Centre and then on tour is part of the London 2012 Olympics celebrations and brings together poets...

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Step right up for Anthony Walker poetry slam in Liverpool

There’s still time to enter the first annual Anthony Walker poetry slam, on Saturday 7 July, 2pm at Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery and Museum. The rules are: 1 three minutes; 2 individual performers ...

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Shake the Dust's national slam final at Southbank Centre

The national Shake the Dust Weekend, when young poets from across the UK share the stage with leading spoken word artists, takes place at London’s Southbank Centre from Thursday to Saturday, 5-7 Ju...

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