Write Out Loud's Olympics competition: voting ends tonight

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Vorting ends tonight in the competition to find your favourite WOL Olympics poem. We've had a remarkable tally of entries. Let's hope we'ved had a remarkable tally of votes, too! Listed below are the poems. Be sporting - and don’t vote for yourself. The winner will win a priceless piece of Olympic memorabilia. Send your vote for your favourite WOL Olympic poem by email to Graham Sherwood on gra...

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Antony Dunn to judge Live Canon competition

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Antony Dunn, a regular tutor for the Poetry School and Arvon, and a published poet with three collections, will be judging the Live Canon poetry competition, which has a top prize of £1,000. The deadline is 5 September. All 20 shortlisted poems will be published in the prize anthology and perform...

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Pete Slater at Write Out Loud Middleton

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Pete Slater is guest poet at Write Out Loud Middleton tomorrow, Sunday 26 August, at the Ring O’Bells, St Leonard’s Square at 7pm. Contact: katie.haigh@sky.com. Entry is a £2 donation, with everyon...

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Dominic Berry at Northern Showcase night

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Slam star, playwright and actor Dominic Berry will be appearing with top north-east wordsmiths Amanda Baker, Aidan Clarke and Ann Porro in Northern Elements Showcase, at Lamplight Arts Centre, Stan...

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Poets take to stage at Hullabaloo festival

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Tim Brewis, Charlie Du Pre, Hay Brunsdon, pictured, and Peter Wyton will be among the poets performing on stage at the Hullabaloo festival, at Burley Fields Lakes, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, on 25-27...

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Winston gets on his bike to launch canal poetry trail

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Rochdale canal festival’s tireless poet in residence, Winston Plowes, has been cycling along the length of the canal, from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge, posting poems written by contributors to the...

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Write Out Loud Sale on Tuesday

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Charmain Leung, Adam Woolley and Robin Graham will be the guest poets at Write Out Loud Sale on Tuesday 21 August at the Waterside arts centre, Sale. Entry is £3/£2 at the open mic night hosted by ...

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Ash Dickinson at Write Out Loud Bolton on Sunday

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Leading performance poet Ash Dickinson is the special guest at Write Out Loud Bolton on Sunday 19 August. He’s a multiple slam champion whose many festival credits include the Edinburgh fringe. Bil...

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Poetry stroll along the canal at Hebden Bridge

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Fancy a relaxing stroll along a canal, with poems on the way and a drink at the end? Then join the Hebden Bridge Poetry Stroll, on Tuesday 21 August from 1pm-3pm with Calderdale’s “poet on a boat”,...

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Deadline nears for Best of Manchester Poets

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The deadline is close at hand for submissions to Best of Manchester Poets - Friday 17 August is the last date for submissions for the third volume, to be published in December 2012. Anyone who call...

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Publications

Kicking off with Mark Mace Smith at the National Football Museum

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Poetry slam champion Mark Mace Smith will be giving an interactive performance at Manchester’s National Football Museum on Thursday 16 August at 2-3.30pm. The event is liked to the current Moving I...

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The Write Out Loud interview: Rhian Edwards

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Young Welsh poet Rhian Edwards has won a place on the shortlist of the prestigious Forward prize for her first collection, Clueless Dogs, after last year winning Wales's top performance poetry awar...

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Dharker, Durcan and Howe at Snape's Poetry Proms

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Three leading, international poets will take the stage at the 10th annual Poetry Prom on Thursday, 23 August at 7.30pm in Snape Maltings concert hall in Suffolk. Organised by the Poetry Trust in pa...

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Why not try for poetry's glittering prizes?

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Two of the most glittering prizes in the poetry world are up for grabs again. The National Poetry Competition, first prize £5,000, is being judged this year by Vicki Feaver, WN Herbert, and Nick La...

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Write Out Loud at Stockport tonight

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Write Out Loud Stockport is back at Stockport Art Gallery tomorrow night at 7pm. Beginners are especially welcome at this friendly open mic event, where entry is a £1 donation. The night’s contribu...

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A Complicated Way of Being Ignored, ed. Michael Stewart

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The problem with subtitles like “The Grist anthology of the best poetry of 2012”, is that they set up expectations that may well not be met. The critic, like myself, brings out his “I’ll be the jud...

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Dam Robinson is compere at Write Out Loud Wigan

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Hats off to Isobel and Joy for their compering triumph at Write Out Loud Wigan last month. On Thursday 9 August it’s the turn of Dam Robinson, from St Helens, another fine poet unafraid of taking r...

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Climbing Postcards: Judy Kendall

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Judy Kendall is a widely acclaimed poet and translator, with two previously published collections under her belt.  Having previously taught at the University of Gloucestershire, and spent seven yea...

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Peace Camp: 'A heavenly sunset, a sky full of stars'

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Peace Camp, a celebration of love poetry and landscape involving beautiful coastal locations around the country, and part of the London 2012 Festival, came to an end tonight. Write Out Loud’s A...

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Drysdale, Wyton and Poetry Factory to read at Cheltenham

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Ann Drysdale (pictured, with prop), Peter Wyton, and a group of Gloucestershire poets called the Poetry Factory will be appearing at Waterstones Cheltenham on Saturday 4 August between 11am and 1pm...

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