Poet launches first collection at Jamaica commission

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Hannah Lowe will be launching her first collection of poems, Chick - a journey round her father, a Chinese-black Jamaican migrant - at the Jamaican High Commission in London on Friday 1 February at 6.60pm. To reserve a place / inquiries hq@renaissanceone.co.uk. Chick is published by Bloodaxe. More details and Map 

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Romance, satire and politics as Liverpool puts on a show

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Many of Liverpool’s poets gathered in the elegant performance space of Leaf bar in the city’s bohemian Bold Street to be filmed for a featured slot on the Guardian’s website on Monday night.

Phil Bowen, poet, playwright and biographer of the Mersey poets, compered the night with flair and wit...

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Write Out Loud at Middleton on Sunday

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Gus Jonsson is the guest poet at Write Out Loud Middleton on Sunday 27 January, at the Ring O’Bells, St Leonards Square, Middleton, at 7pm. Entry is a £2 donation for this open mic event. Contact: ...

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London A-Z: searching for a poet for each borough

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The search is on to find a poet to represent each one of London’s 33 boroughs, including the City of London. Jaybird Live Literature and Southbank Centre aim to find one poet connected to each Lond...

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Poetry project for the canals makes waves

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Milnsbridge on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is being put on the poetic map, in the form of poetry carved on lock gates, in the latest addition to the Locklines project run by the Canal and River T...

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Strictly for the birds: poetry and music in aid of RSPB in Aberdeen

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Poetry for the Birds, a sequence of poetry and music with an avian theme in aid of the RSPB, is planned by North East Writers for Friday 25 January from 7-8.30pm at Queen’s Cross church, Albyn Plac...

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Poetry v rap: who comes out the winner in BBC contest?

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A three-round battle between rappers and poets in an east London bar which also looks at the shared history of the two art forms and hears from rappers and spoken words artists such as Chuck D, KRS...

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Bridge over troubled waters at the Hole in the Wall

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Speech Bubble, a spoken word night to raise funds for those hit by last summer’s floods, is being staged at the Hole in the Wall pub, Hebden Bridge, on Thursday 24 January, at 7.30pm. Performers wi...

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Christian Ward's plagiarism 'mistakes' : is this no 4?

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A fourth apparent example of poetry plagiarism has emerged as the row over Christian Ward, the poet who has said sorry for an act of plagiarism that won him a prize, continues to shock and bemuse t...

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Write Out Loud's new Facebook Community page: 'Like' us please!

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Write Out Loud has revamped its image on Facebook with a new Write Out Loud Community page. Look out for fresh news items on there too, as well as on the Write Out Loud home page.

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Write Out Loud at Sale tonight

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Rylan Cowell, Sarah L Dixon, Gerry Potter and compere Rod Tame will be at  Write Out Loud Sale open mic on Tuesday 22 January, at 7.30pm at the Waterside arts centre, Sale. Entry is £3/£2. First-ti...

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Poet Richard Blanco reads One Today at Obama inauguration

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Richard Blanco has made US history by becoming the first Hispanic, openly gay and also the youngest poet to read at a US presidential inauguration. Blanco, 44, delivered his poem One Today at the s...

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Sharon Olds wins TS Eliot prize for poems on end of marriage

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American poet Sharon Olds has won the £15,000 TS Eliot prize for her collection Stag’s Leap – poems of loss, mourning, and healing that deal with the end of her long marriage. The judging panel of ...

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Countdown to TS Eliot prize: how the contenders performed

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On Sunday night 2,000 people gathered at the Royal Festival Hall in London to hear the 10 poets shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize read from their collections. Simon Armitage, who has become a bit ...

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Write Out Loud at Bolton on Sunday

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Rob Goodier is the guest poet as Write Out Loud Bolton returns to the upstairs function room at the Brooklyn, Green Lane, Bolton, on Sunday 20 January for its first open mic of 2013. The start time...

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Rhymechester! Tony Walsh heads night for Manchester poets

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Tony Walsh is headliner and host at Rhymechester, doing a full set at an open mic night for Manchester poets at the Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane, on Saturday 19 January from 6-8pm. It’s organised by ...

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Serpentine sestina or lively limerick? Write Out Loud at Marsden on Wednesday

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Write Out Loud returns to Marsden library on Wednesday 16 January, at 7.30pm, bringing poetic happiness to your new year. Have you managed to knock out a serpentine sestina, high-class haiku, livel...

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Ash Dickinson at Petersfield's Write Angle

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Multiple slam champion and international performer Ash Dickinson will be appearing at Petersfield Write Angle in Hampshire on Tuesday 15 January, starting 7.15pm for 7.30 upstairs at the Square Bre...

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Poetry by heart: here are the rules for pupils, and the poems

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Full details have been released of the Poetry By Heart national recitation competition for secondary schools, which is being funded by the Department for Education. Competitors, who will be from ye...

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Reprieve granted in cuts fight at Stockport art gallery

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Members of Write Out Loud Stockport meet at Stockport art gallery on Monday 14 January, for their monthly open mic night,  following news that plans to cut the gallery’s opening hours have been pos...

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TS Eliot prize contenders line up the night before award

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Ten leading poets who have been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize will be reading from their works on the night before the prize is awarded. The readings will take place on Sunday evening, 13 Janu...

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Tributes and a piper at Write Out Loud Wigan

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A special night is planned at Write Out Loud Wigan on Thursday, 10 January, with a Burns Night theme and a piper, and tributes including commemorative readings to the late John Clays and Janet Rams...

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Kathleen Jamie wins Costa poetry prize

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Kathleen Jamie has won the Costa award for poetry for her collection The Overhaul, which has also been shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize. It is her first collection since she won the Forward prize...

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Year of the Red Wheelbarrow: but how was 2012 for you?

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We have had another fantastic year helping to spread the live poetry word and supporting poetry across the  UK and further afield. Apart from various one-off events and workshops, Write Out Loud ra...

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Poetry trails and poets jailed: stories that caught the eye last year

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Write Out Loud’s Greg Freeman reviews the poetry news highlights of 2012: 

January 2012 started in a big way for Write Out Loud. Frances Spurrier’s wide-ranging interview with the then-Poetry R...

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John Agard awarded Queen's gold medal for poetry

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Guyana-born poet John Agard has been awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry for 2012. Agard, who writes for both adults and children, moved to the UK from Guyana in 1977. His poems include Half ...

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Have poems, will travel: a chance to read at Cheltenham festival

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Cheltenham poetry festival is seeking poets to read at a festival event on the theme of travel. Festival director Anna Saunders said: “If you have written any poems on the theme of travel we would ...

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