Green light for railway poetry at Sowerby Bridge arts festival

A night of poetry about railways, to be held in a station refreshment room, is on the timetable for the Sowerby Bridge arts festival,  from 7-14 December. Railway Lines is scheduled for Thursday 12 December in the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms in the former ticket office at Sowerby Bridge station in West Yorkshire, with Greg Freeman as guest poet plus open mic. More details and Map

 

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Tony Walsh at Chorlton book festival

Tony Walsh will be appearing on Saturday 16 November at Chorlton book festival performing poems from his 2013 collection, Sex & Love & Rock&Roll. The venue is Chorlton library, the time 7.30pm. On the previous evening at the library Chorlton’s local Manky Poets with Copland Smith will open the fe...

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Aldeburgh celebrates 25 years with 30 poets from seven countries

Aldeburgh, one of the most prestigious poetry festivals on the calendar, celebrates its 25th anniversary on 8-10 November with a programme featuring 30 poets from seven countries in 55 interconnect...

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Simon Armitage at Nantwich Words and Music festival

Simon Armitage will be appearing at the Crown Ballroom, Nantwich on Thursday 10 October as part of the Nantwich Words and Music festival. And that’s not all … Write Out Loud’s Laura Taylor will be ...

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The Write Out Loud beat is back at Marsden jazz festival

Roll up, roll up for the poetry jam at the Marsden jazz festival. This year Write Out Loud, high on the buzz generated by the success of its popular poetry jam, is staging a new, extra event at the...

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Words and music: Carol Ann Duffy at Wakefield literary festival

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be performing with musician John Sampson at Wakefield’s Merchant Gate from 6-7.30pm on Thursday 26 September in one of the poetic highlights of Wakefield literary...

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2013 vision of MLK speech at Manchester literature festival

Lemn Sissay will deliver his updated poetic vision of Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech at the Manchester literature festival, which takes place in the city from 7-20 October. Sissay’s pie...

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Chain of events at Canterbury's Wise Words festival

Spoke n Word, billed as a pedal-powered poetry slam featuring some of the UK’s hottest performance poets, is one of the features of Canterbury’s Wise Words festival from 13-15 September. Other poet...

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Let slip the performance poets: new festival aims to inspire youngsters

Luke Wright, Byron Vincent, Tim Clare, Molly Naylor and Henry Raby will be among those performing at venues and on the streets at Release The Hounds, a new poetry and performance festival in the No...

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Laura Taylor, Joy France and Jeffarama! at Diggers' festival

Laura Taylor, Joy France and Jeffarama! will be among the poets featured at the 3rd Wigan Diggers' festival at the Wiend area of Wigan on Saturday 7 September, celebrating the life and ideas of Wig...

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Anna Percy in BBC poetry slam line-up at Edinburgh

Anna Percy, who launched her first collection, Livid Among The Ghostings last month, is among the line-up of 24 performance poets competing for the BBC Poetry Slam title this year at Edinburgh, at ...

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Anna Percy in BBC poetry slam line-up at Edinburgh

Anna Percy, who launched her first collection, Livid Among The Ghostings last month, is among the line-up of 24 performance poets competing for the BBC Poetry Slam title this year at Edinburgh, at ...

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When spoken words collide: Duffy, Lochhead, Antrobus and McNish at Latitude

Poet laureates, rappers and slammers collide in the Spoken Word arena of the Latitude festival, taking place at Southwold in Suffolk from 18-21 July. Topping the bill are Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochh...

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Poetry Proms on parade at New Brighton in Wirral Festival of Firsts

The Poetry Proms  take centre stage at Wirral Festival of Firsts on Saturday 6 July from 2- 4.30pm, with performances taking place at three venues in New Brighton -  Fort Perch Rock, the Floral Pav...

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Benjamin Zephaniah is sell-out hit for Ledbury poetry festival

A number of events, including Benjamin Zephaniah and Tony Benn’s Desert Island Poems, have already sold out at this year’s Ledbury poetry festival,  taking place from 5-14 July. It's one of the bes...

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Cooper Clarke, Armitage, McMillan ... and Winston, too

John Cooper Clarke, Simon Armitage and Ian McMillan are the headline poetic names at Hebden Bridge arts festival, running from Saturday 22 June until Sunday 30 June. And Hebden Bridge’s own Winston...

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Paterson and Herbert head powerful line-up at Bridlington

A powerhouse of poets, including Don Paterson, WN Herbert, Andrew McMillan, Daljit Nagra, Hannah Lowe, Helen Mort, Ian McMillan, Jackie Kay, Jo Shapcott, Pascale Petit, Rhian Edwards, and many more...

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Tony Harrison at Big Bookend festival in Leeds

Tony Harrison will be headlining the Big Bookend festival in Leeds, closing the festival on Sunday 9 June at 7.30pm at West Yorkshire Playhouse. An anthology of young Leeds writers, LS13, will be l...

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Star poetry lineup announced for Glastonbury

Kate Tempest, John Hegley, Luke Wright, Kate Fox, Tony Walsh, Attila the Stockbroker, The Antipoet, and Dizraeli are in the stellar line-up of poets just announced for Glastonbury. All tickets are ...

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Walk the walk at Sheffield poetry festival

Sheffield's poetry festival, which kicks off on 31 May and goes through to 9 June, promises to be local, national and international, and includes a children's event, film-poems, and a poetry walk. ...

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National Poetry Competition trio reading at London's Keats festival

The three top winners of the National Poetry Competition – from left, Pascale Petit, Patricia McCarthy, and Jane Draycott – will be reading together for the first time in a Poetry Society event at ...

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McGough, Clarke, Abse, Sheers and Armitage at Hay festival

Roger McGough, Gillian Clarke, Dannie Abse, Owen Sheers, and Simon Armitage are just some of the big names at the Hay festival, from 23 May to 2 June. More details of poetry events at the festival ...

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North-east publisher stages seaside festival to mark 40 years

The small press publisher Iron Press is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a five-day festival in the seaside town of Cullercoats in North Tyneside from 15-19 May. An event hosted by Kate Fox wi...

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It's a square world: Bob's bright idea at St Ives lit fest

There can’t be many poetry gigs where you might be interrupted by a passing seagull but at the open air event held daily (11-18 May) as part of the St Ives May Litfest in Norway Square in the beaut...

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New Brighton's Bards perform at Liverpool Lit Fest tonight

Poetry club members from New Brighton in Wirral are to perform as part of Liverpool Literary Festival ‘In Other Words’. Member of the Bards, who usually meet monthly in the Magazine pub, New Bright...

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Harrison, Tempest, Farley and Polley in Sheffield Lyric line-up

Renowned Yorkshire poet Tony Harrison, Ted Hughes award winner Kate Tempest, and TS Eliot shortlisted Paul Farley and Jacob Polley are among the highlights of the University of Sheffield’s Lyric fe...

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