A happy new year to all - and here's a look back at the poetry of 2014

To all our friends helping keep poetry alive and kicking, we wish you all a peaceful Christmas, and a creative and lively new year. It’s that time of year when we look back as well as look forward, as Write Out Loud’s news editor Greg Freeman recalls his UK poetry highlights of 2014. It was a poetry year that focused on two centenaries – the outbreak of the first world war, and the birth of Dylan ...

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Premier League footballers read Christmas truce poem by Ian McMillan

A century after the 1914 Christmas truce took place, top footballers, including Manchester City's Vincent Kompany, Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal), and  Charlie Austin, of Queens Park Rangers, and managers have appeared on the FootballRemembers.com website reciting a special poem in their name.

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'Hot spot' Rhythm & Muse goes out with stylish finale of poetry and music at the Ram Jam

All good things must come to an end – especially when a pub changes hands. And so it came to pass that a very successful poetry and music night in Kingston-upon-Thames marked its last event after four...

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The poetry of dementia: Sarah Hesketh reports back on lives in a care home

Last year Sarah Hesketh spent 20 weeks as a poet in residence with Age Concern. Each week, she  would take a train to Preston and spend a day with the staff and residents of Lady Elsie Finney House, a...

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'Suddenly the phone never stopped ringing': Wendy Cope on publishing her first book of poetry at the age of 40

Wendy Cope has talked of how it felt when she published her first book of poetry, at the age of 40. In an interview with the Observer magazine, Cope said: “I was a single, somewhat lonely, primary sch...

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Friends of slam poet Davy Mac appeal for help to pay for his funeral

A plea has been issued by friends of a poet in Oxford who died without any assets to help pay for his funeral. David MacArnold, better known in poetry circles as Davy Mac, died in hospital last month,...

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Write Out Loud at Marsden tonight

Write Out Loud founder Julian Jordon is organising another gathering of Write Out Loud Marsden at Marsden library, Peel Street, Marsden on Wednesday 17 December. Entry is £2 to this open-floor poetry ...

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Prize poet John Foggin - and a winning poem that he started working on in 1983

Sir Andrew Motion is clearly a man “of impeccable taste and discernment”, the recipient of two poetry prizes bestowed by the former poet laureate insisted on Friday night. John Foggin, a former teache...

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Actor from Salford who 'hated poetry at school' wins Farrago UK slam title

An actor, spoken word artist and singer/songwriter from Salford won the Farrago Poetry UK slam final at the Courtyard theatre in London on Friday night. Tom Gill, now based in London, won two rounds o...

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That's all, folks: Richard Tyrone Jones looks back on 10 years of 'Utter!' spoken word

Richard Tyrone Jones is calling time on the long-running  ‘Utter!’ live event that he has hosted for the last 10 years, and on his spoken word career, with a final gig at the Amersham Arms in London o...

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Step into Christmas with Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts tonight

They’ve said their farewells to the Tudor … and now Write Out Loud Wigan has moved on, to its new home at the Bailiff’s Bar, The Old Courts, in Crawford Street, Wigan. It’s a night of Christmas poetry...

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Dylan and Caitlin photographs on show at the Poetry Cafe

A collection of early photographs of Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin, taken by Nora Summers, forms the latest exhibition on the walls of the Poetry Café in Covent Garden, London. In the spring of 19...

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Dan O'Brien wins £5,000 Troubadour prize with barrel bombs poem

American poet and playwright Dan O’Brien has won the £5,000 Troubadour international poetry prize. Last year O’Brien won the Fenton Aldeburgh first collection prize for War Reporter, a collection of "...

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On the cards: Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

Members of Write Out Loud Stockport will be meeting at Stockport art gallery on Monday 8 November at 7pm to read and discuss their own poetry, with “cards” this month’s exercise subject. Entry is a £1...

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Sifting through the dustbins of history: new anthology turns up all manner of surprises

Rummaging through a library’s dusty archives – or more likely these days, clicking a few times on Google – can unearth all sorts of historical curiosities.

The anthology Other Countries: Contempora...

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Nerves in York, laid-back in Brum, triumph in Blackpool: Quiet Compere looks back on her poetry tour

On Sunday 7 December, at the Blue Cat Café in Heaton Moor, Stockport, a remarkable poetry tour will stage its last performance of 2014.  The Quiet Compere tour, masterminded by compere Sarah L Dixon, ...

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Lighting up Trafalgar Square tree with poetry

Three London schoolchildren will read a specially commissioned poem by Liz Lochhead at the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree lighting up ceremony on Thursday 4 December.

With the Poetry Society and t...

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Start of the journey: Poetry School's 'Routes' students recapture introductory year with anthology

A poetry celebration took place in the upstairs room of the Betsey Trotwood pub, on London’s Farringdon Road, on Thursday night.  The popular poetry venue saw the launch of Recapture, a pamphlet antho...

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Genghis Khan's bloodline, and Moll Cutpurse: poets take fresh look at history

A poetry anthology that takes a fresh look at events and figures of the past will be launched on Wednesday 3 December at the Star of Kings pub on York Way, King’s Cross, London. Other Countries: Conte...

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Commonword has arts grant restored after appeal

The Manchester writer development organisation Commonword is celebrating after having its  funding reinstated by Arts Council England, five months after it was axed.

Commonword had appealed against...

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