Poetry tennis with Steve Nash and Gaia Holmes at Sowerby Bridge

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There’s plenty of poetry at Sowerby Bridge arts festival, from 6-14 December. On Monday 8 December at 7pm a poetry reading by Saboteur award winner Steve Nash and Gaia Holmes features a round of “poetry tennis” followed by an open mic session. It’s at the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms, at Sowerby Bridge rail station, and entry is free. On Wednesday 10 December, from 1-3pm,  Gaia Holmes will be running...

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Larkin's biographer at Humber Mouth festival

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James Booth, the author of a new biography of Philip Larkin, which attempts to put a better gloss on  the public image of a poet previously revealed as misogynist and racist in his letters, will be appearing at Hull’s Humber Mouth festival on Saturday 15 November. The festival, which runs from 7-17 ...

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Local writers and emerging poets in lineup at Reading festival

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There’s a strong emphasis on local writers and presses and on young and emerging poets at Reading poetry festival, from 7-9 November. The weekend's readings, lectures and conversations include  events...

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From the Mersey and the Tyne - to Aldeburgh

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Two poets who burst on to the poetry scene as young men in the 1960s and are still live and kicking today will be appearing at the Aldeburgh poetry festival next month.

Brian Patten, pictured, was ...

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Owen Lowery and David Constantine at Lancaster literature festival

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Former British judo champion, Owen Lowery, pictured, who suffered a spinal injury while competing and is now a tetraplegic, will be reading at Lancaster literature festival on Sunday 19 October. His f...

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Celebrating Maya Angelou at the London literature festival

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A celebration of the life of Maya Angelou will be staged at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 5 October, as part of the London literature festival at the Southbank. Angelou, who rose from poverty, vio...

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Tom Pickard at Hastings film and poetry festival

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Tom PIckard, who ran the legendary Morden Tower poetry readings with Basil Bunting in Newcastle in the 1960s, will be reading at the Black Huts film and poetry festival in Hastings on Sunday 2 Novembe...

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Kate Tempest, Simon Armitage and Jackie Kay in big poetry lineup at Manchester lit festival

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There’s a wealth of poetry lined up at Manchester literature festival, taking place from 6-19 October. Kate Tempest, shortlisted for the Mercury prize, will be showcasing work from her forthcoming col...

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Laura Taylor and Joy France help Wigan honour Winstanley

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Laura Taylor, Joy France, Ian Whiteley, Tony Kinsella, Jeffarama!, and Gordon Zola will be performing at the fourth Wigan Diggers festival, on Saturday 13 September, commemorating Wigan-born Gerrard W...

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Zena Edwards heads performance show at Winchester festival

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Award-winning performance poet Zena Edwards will be joined by Orla Price and Annie Rockson in the Young Voices event at Winchester poetry festival on Friday 12 September. Edwards specialises in conjur...

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McGough and Armitage lined up for Wakefield Lit Fest

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Roger McGough will be reading from his new collection, As Far As I Know, and Simon Armitage from his new book, Paper Aeroplanes: Selected Poems 1989-2014, at Wakefield Lit Fest next month. Other big p...

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Carol Ann Duffy, Lemn Sissay, Kate Tempest and John Siddique at Canterbury's festival

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Carol Ann Duffy, Lemn Sissay and Kate Tempest will be appearing at Canterbury’s Wise Words festival, from 12-21 September. John Siddique will be running morning coffee and journal writing sessions, as...

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High hopes for new festival at Winchester

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A new poetry festival that is aiming high will be staged in Winchester next month. The festival’s Stephen Boyce said in an interview with Write Out Loud earlier this year that it was hoped that Winche...

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Word Wizards line up 32 performers for Buxton's Free Fringe

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Buxton Word Wizards have lined up 16 events with 32 spoken word performers, including Helen Mort, Matt Merritt, and Josh Ekroy, as part of Buxton festival’s Free Fringe, starting on 19 July.  There ar...

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Rappers, slammers and laureates collide in lineup at Latitude

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A dazzling lineup across the spectrum of poetry is on the bill at the Latitude festival in Suffolk from Friday 18 July to Sunday 20 July. Spoken word stars in the poetry tent include Hollie McNish, pi...

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Can't sleep? Explore the dark in a poetry all-nighter at Ledbury

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A poetry all-nighter at the atmospheric Hellens Manor is on the agenda at Ledbury poetry festival this weekend, on Saturday night and Sunday morning of 5-6 July. It starts off at 7pm-8pm, with At Mald...

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Ian McMillan and the Poetry Proms at Wirral Festival of Firsts

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Ian McMillan is one of the stars of Wirral’s Festival of Firsts, performing at Hoylake Chapel on Thursday 10 July at 7.30pm. Another big poetic highlight of the festival is the Poetry Proms at New Bri...

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Celebrating Shakespeare, Heaney and Dylan Thomas in month of poetry at Stratford-upon-Avon

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The poetry of Shakespeare, Seamus Heaney, Dylan Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon and Norman MacCaig will be celebrated during a month of festival events that begin in Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday 2 July....

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Sharon Olds leads the big names at Ledbury poetry festival

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An interview with and a reading by American poet Sharon Olds, who won last year’s TS Eliot prize with her collection Stag’s Leap, will be one of the highlights of this year’s Ledbury poetry festival, ...

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All steamed up for Worcestershire literary festival

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Poetry and trains are on the timetable at Worcestershire literary festival, which begins on Friday 20 June and continues until Sunday 29 June. The Steam Poets, led by Dave Reeves, the grand station ma...

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A sonnet, a sestina, plus four poppadoms: poetry and curry at Bradford festival

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Poetry and curry – that combination must be hard to beat. Simon Armitage, Roger McGough, Moniza Alvi, Daljit Nagra, Patience Agbabi, Zaffar Kunial, Kate Fox and Ian Duhig are in the star-studded lineu...

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War poetry evening launches Bridlington poetry festival

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Tickets are now on sale for the Bridlington poetry festival, from 12-15 June, which will be launched with poetry and performance marking the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war. Former po...

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Luke Wright headlines Suffolk poetry festival at John Peel Centre

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BBC Radio 4 Star Luke Wright will be topping the bill at Suffolk Poetry Society's first poetry festival on Saturday 31 May. Wright, who lives in Bungay, will be rounding off a day of poetry at the Joh...

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Gillian Clarke, Philip Gross and Mimi Khalvati at Bodmin Moor festival

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Some big names in the poetry world, including Gillian Clarke, pictured, Philip Gross, Mimi Khalvati, Maurice Riordan, and Louis de Bernieres, are lined up for the Bodmin Moor poetry festival, over the...

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Fusion poet Anjum Malik at Bolton's first poetry festival

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Anjum Malik, a poet who fuses eastern and western forms, will be headlining a performance by a collaboration of local writers whose first language is not English on Wednesday 25 June as part of the fi...

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Poetry and song from folk opera trio at St Ives literature festival

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Cornish Women on the Verge – Nickie Reed, Sue Famer, and Ann Foxglove - will be performing two folk operas using poetry and song about artist and mariner Alfred Wallis and John Harris, miner, preacher...

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Motion, Feinstein, and Williams at festival beside the seaside

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Fresh from her appearance at Wenlock poetry festival last weekend, Elaine Feinstein, pictured, is booked for the Poetry-next-the-sea festival, at Wells in Norfolk, from 9-11 May. Andrew Motion, Rowan ...

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Armitage, Hegley and Wright lead star line-up at Wenlock

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Simon Armitage, John Hegley, Daljit Nagra, Frieda Hughes, Luke Wright, Elaine Feinstein, Glyn Maxwell and David Morley are just some of the star names at Wenlock poetry festival, in the Shropshire tow...

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In the name of Dorothy: festival of women's poetry at Grasmere

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Rebecca Goss, pictured, will be taking part in a panel discussion on “writing motherhood” with TS Eliot prizewinner Sinead Morrissey and Carolyn Jess-Cooke at the Dorothy Wordsworth festival of women’...

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Dizraeli and Hannah Silva top bill at Wise Words festival

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Performance poet Dizraeli, and Hannah Silva, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes award, top the bill at Canterbury’s Wise Words festival, from Friday 4 April to Sunday 6 April. There’s an inclusive feel to...

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Paterson, Hegley, Padel, Hannah and Little Machine at Cheltenham festival

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Don Paterson, John Hegley, Ruth Padel, Sophie Hannah, and Little Machine, pictured, are just some of the highlights at Cheltenham poetry festival, from Friday 28 March to Sunday 6 April. Other events ...

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McGough, Motion, Berry, Mort and Goss in York line-up

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Roger McGough, Andrew Motion, Emily Berry, Helen Mort, Rebecca Goss provide the poetry highlights at York literature festival, from 20-31 March. Motion is at St Peter’s school on Monday 24 March, Berr...

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Words of war and a wealth of poetry at StAnza festival

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StAnza, Scotland’s premier poetry festival, which this year stars Carol Ann Duffy, Paul Muldoon, John Burnside, and Louis de Bernières, has begun. The festival at St Andrews from 5-9 March has two the...

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Hollie McNish and Frieda Hughes at Bath festival

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Hollie McNish and Frieda Hughes will be providing the poetry highlights at Bath literature festival, from 28 February to 9 March. McNish, pictured, will be performing on Wednesday 5 March at 8pm. Entr...

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Novelist Louis de Bernières reads his poetry at StAnza

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Novelist Louis de Bernières will be launching the 17th StAnza poetry festival, one of the top poetry festivals in the UK, at St Andrews from 4-9 March by reading from his debut collection of poetry, I...

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Sign up for a slot at Wirral festival's Poetry Proms

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The Poetry Proms, offering many opportunities for poets to read or perform their poetry, return to New Brighton this summer on Sunday 6 July, during Wirral Festival of Firsts. Now is the time to sign ...

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John Hegley takes the plunge at Southwark

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John Hegley will be unveiling "John Hegley's SPUDfest by the water" at Canada Water library in south-east London on Thursday 6 February as part of Southwark Libraries’ fifth Rhyme and Reason poetry fe...

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