Birmingham's Roy McFarlane clocks on at the Works' Canteen

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Former Birmingham poet laureate Roy McFarlane will be appearing at the Works' Canteen, at the Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, on Tuesday 11 February at 7.30pm. The Black Country’s newest live literature event will also feature stories and music, and is hosted by the museum's poet-in-residence and Radio Wildfire presenter, Dave Reeves. Arrive early to book an open mic spot. More d...

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Protest poet's tribute to father remembers first world war deaths

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Veteran protest poet Attila the Stockbroker has written a poem honouring the memory of his father, a frontline soldier at the age of 17,  to mark the centenary of the first world war. His father, Bill Baine, died in 1968, when Attila was 10. In the moving poem his son recounts how his father, sick i...

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Alice Oswald at Manchester's Poets and Players

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Award-winning poet Alice Oswald will be reading at Manchester’s Poets and Players at John Rylands library, Deansgate, on Saturday 8 February, at 2.30pm. Last year Oswald won the Warwick prize for writ...

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New year - and it's a new look for Write Out Loud

Write Out Loud has kicked off the new year with a new-look front page, including bigger, bolder presentation of our lead story and main picture, and a fresh look to the Gig Guide. The new Poetry Direc...

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Write Out Loud at Middleton on Sunday

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The new-look Write Out Loud Middleton meets on Sunday 26 January at the Ring O’Bells, St Leonards Square, Middleton, at 7.30pm. The evening’s hosts are Her and the Poet, with special guest Mothers and...

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Festival for indie publishers sells out in advance

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festival for independent publishers, with talks on digital innovations and communications and social media, and ending with a live poetry event, has sold out a week in advance, its organisers have s...

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Story of Jewish poet's 1930s flight from Germany retold in play

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The story of Jewish refugee and poet Karen Gershon, who escaped from Germany to Britain in 1938 at the age of 15, will be told in Karen’s Way – A Kindertransport Life,  at Seven Arts Leeds on Saturday...

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Publisher comes out fighting after losing funding

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An independent press with a strong focus on poetry is being forced to look at new sources of funding, after losing all its £30,000 annual cash support from a private backer “with immediate effect”. Ey...

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Sinéad Morrissey's Parallax collection wins TS Eliot Prize

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Sinéad Morrissey has been named winner of the TS Eliot Prize for the best collection of poetry published in 2013. The award, by judges Ian Duhig, Imtiaz Dharker, and Vicki Feaver, came at a reception ...

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New host promises surprises at Write Out Loud Sale

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The first Write Out Sale of 2014 kicks off at the Waterside arts centre on Tuesday 21 January, with guest poets Geneviève L Walsh, pictured, and Marianne Daniels, new features - and a new host, John D...

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Diplomat reads poems to mark 20th anniversary of genocide

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Rwanda’s high commissioner in London, Williams Nkurunziza,  will be reading his poems to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, in which more than 500,000 people died, at Lumen, T...

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Write Out Loud at Bolton on Sunday

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Calling all open micers: step up at Write Out Loud Bolton on Sunday, 19 January, with host Jeffarama! (Jeff Dawson), email jeffinbolton@yahoo.com, at the Brooklyn pub, Green Lane, Bolton. Entry is £1,...

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Editor defies odds to launch magazine, one year later than planned

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This was no ordinary launch of a new poetry magazine; it should have happened a year ago. But the debut of The Screech Owl in January 2013 had to be postponed indefinitely after its young editor, Gran...

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Write Out Loud at Marsden tonight

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Members of Write Out Loud Marsden  - home of the annual Marsden poetry jam -  will be meeting on Wednesday 15 January for an open-floor poetry evening at Marsden library, at the Mechanics Hall in Peel...

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Write Out Loud at Stockport tonight

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Members of Write Out Loud Stockport  will be meeting on Monday 13 January at Stockport art gallery and to read and discuss their poetry. The group also creates a collage poem at each meeting. Entry is...

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Two down, one to go? Michael Symmons Roberts wins Costa prize

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Michael Symmons Roberts has taken a second poetry prize for his collection, Drysalter. After winning the Forward prize last October, he won the £5,000 Costa poetry prize as well on Monday night, 6 Jan...

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Finding refuge from the streets of London: poetry lends a hand

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You might call it poetry with a purpose. As organiser Ruth O’Callaghan puts it: “It is so wonderful that poetry – which many people regard as airy-fairy - can be shown to have a practical usage, provi...

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Write Out Loud at Wigan tonight

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Regulars at Write Out Loud Wigan will be back for another rollicking good night of open mic poetry at the Tudor House hotel, Wigan on Thursday 9 January. Entry is free, and it all kicks off from 8.30p...

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The Poetry of Sex - with a little help from the Poetry Library

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Like other anthology compilers before her, editor Sophie Hannah sought help from the Poetry Library in putting together her selection. The Observer reports, in a piece laced with puns about “coupling ...

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Wanted: performers for Glastonbury's 2014 poetry stage

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The organisers of the poetry stage at Glastonbury festival are looking for experienced spoken word performers for the 2014 festival. Their website says:  We’re looking for applications from experience...

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Ringing in the new Write Out Loud at Middleton tonight

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The revamped Write Out Middleton with new host Norman Warwick meets at the Ring O’ Bells, St Leonards Square, Middleton, on Sunday 5 January at 7pm. The Ring O'Bells is opposite the 900-year-old St. L...

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Scandals, royalty, and a great loss: poetry's big news in 2013

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It was a year of scandalous discoveries and worries about the future of poetry publishing, and also a year in which poets were celebrated with a reception at Buckingham palace. Above all, it was marke...

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Catch the Write Out Loud interview on Radio Wildfire

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There are still a few days left to hear an interview given by Write Out Loud’s news editor, Greg Freeman, to Dave Reeves of Radio Wildfire, the internet radio station broadcasting from the West Midlan...

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Clive James talks about poetry, Dante, and illness on Radio 4

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Clive James read his poem, ‘Nimrod’, about the death of his father in the second world war, in a wide-ranging interview with Andrew Marr on Radio 4’s Start the Week on Monday 23 December. James’s tran...

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Tribute to poetic protest as all Pussy Riot members are freed

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English PEN has welcomed the news that all members of Pussy Riot have now been freed from jail  in Russia – and paid tribute to the way that the protest poetry anthology, Poems for Pussy Riot, helped ...

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