'We like oddball, fringe-dwelling weirdos.' Burning Eye's call to performance poets

Calling all performance poets yet to publish a first collection – performance poetry publisher Burning Eye is waiting to hear from you. Burning Eye’s publisher, Clive Birnie, pictured at the London Poetry Book Fair, has issued a submissions call on his website, but adds this warning: “We get many submissions from poets whose work may well have merit, may well have been published by fine journals l...

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Nominations deadline for Saboteur awards is end of April

Nominations have opened for the 2014 Saboteur awards, which include best spoken word performer, best spoken word night, and best spoken word show, as well as new categories for best reviewer and best collaborative work. The awards are run by the website Sabotage Reviews, which is dedicated to promot...

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Tributes follow death of Lorraine Charlesworth, co-host of Write Out Loud at Middleton

Sunday’s meeting of Write Out Loud Middleton on 27 April will be held in memory of Middleton’s recent co-host Lorraine Charlesworth, who has died suddenly. Her fellow host at Middleton, Norman Warwick...

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The bright side of Elvis McGonagall, to be aired on Radio 4

Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary, comedian and broadcaster Elvis McGonagall takes to the airwaves on 30 April when the first episode of ‘Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side’ goes out...

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Steve Ely and Kim Moore join Marsden poets for Cuckoo festival jam

Two leading poets will be reading at Marsden’s famous Railway Inn, home of the legendary Write Out Loud poetry jam, on Saturday 26 April as part of a Write Out Loud fringe event at the West Yorkshire ...

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Write Out Loud's Risk a Verse at the Red and Green Club in Huddersfield on Thursday

Write Out Loud’s newest monthly open mic event, Risk a Verse at the Red and Green Club, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, is on Thursday 24 April at 7.30pm. Bring a couple of poems, or just your ears to hear...

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Back at the mic: Write Out Loud Bolton returns

Write Out Loud Bolton is back on Sunday 20 April after a three-month break, hosted by Jeff Dawson, pictured, aka Jeffarama!, and Gordon Zola.  The start is 7.30pm for 8 for the open mic event at the B...

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Performance poet Jess Green's attack on Michael Gove and plea for teachers is runaway YouTube hit

A five-minute poem attacking the education secretary, Michael Gove, has proved a runaway success on YouTube, amassing over 200,000 hits. Stories about the video have been featured by the Independent n...

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Carol Ann Duffy gives reading to aid literary festival

The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is to give a special reading at the Orangery in Wakefield on Easter Saturday, 19 April, at 6pm to help raise funds in support of Wakefield Lit Fest. The poet laurea...

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Portrait of the artist as a young reporter: tour of Dylan Thomas haunts this weekend

Dylan Thomas fans have a chance to tour some of his Swansea haunts this Easter weekend. The two-hour tour, which is being led by Fluellen Theatre Company, starts from the Maritime Quarter’s Dylan Thom...

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John Cooper Clarke: 'Poetry is not something you retire from. There is no heavy lifting involved'

John Cooper Clarke has talked of turning 65, living in Essex, how Pam Ayres was a great inspiration to him – and how the only politician whose language “I even remotely understand” is Ukip’s Nigel Far...

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Travel the Pennine way: Write Out Loud at Marsden tonight

Travel is the theme of Write Out Loud at Marsden, at the library, in Marsden Mechanics Institute, on Wednesday 16 April. Travel is what Marsden is about, with the A62, once the Liverpool- Manchester-L...

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Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside tonight

Ian Whiteley and Jeffarama! (aka Jeff Dawson) are the guests poets at Write Out Loud Sale, at the Waterside arts centre, Sale, on Tuesday 15 April. It’s hosted by John Darwin, entry is £3/£2, and it s...

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Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

Members of Write Out Loud Stockport meet on Monday 14 April at Stockport art gallery to share poems, and to help construct the group’s collage poem that is put together on the same night. Beginners ar...

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Winning run: John Foggin triumphs again with second poetry prize

John Foggin has won the Lumen/Camden poetry competition, his second big poetry prize within a few months. John, pictured at Puzzle Hall Poets in Sowerby Bridge last year, is based in Ossett, West York...

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Poets in all their glory at Write Out Loud Wigan tonight

Bawling, drunken, old, young, new and subtle poets - some funny, some melancholy, some political and some absurd. That’s the promise at Write out Loud Wigan, at the Tudor House hotel on Thursday 10 Ap...

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Chance of a lifetime as three northern writers win The Verb awards

Three northern writers - Louise Fazackerley, Matt Miller, and John Hamilton May - have been given the chance to work with BBC Radio 3’s The Verb as recipients of the Verb New Voices award.

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Leaf encounter: Linda France wins National Poetry Competition

Linda France has won this year’s £5,000 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Bernard and Cerinthe’. It imagines an erotic encounter in a greenhouse between a shy man and an enticing flower. Judg...

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Maggie Sawkins wins £5,000 Ted Hughes award with multimedia look at addiction

Maggie Sawkins has won this year’s £5,000 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for Zones of Avoidance, a multimedia live literature production written and performed by Sawkins and directed by Mark ...

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It's National Poetry Month: read all about it, says Winston Plowes

It’s National Poetry Month in the US and Canada – and for a lot of poets in the UK, too, who will be striving throughout April to produce a poem a day, using a wild variety of prompts.

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On the trail of Ted Hughes: more twists in tale of biographer's row with estate

The estate of Ted Hughes has hit back at claims after a biographer abandoned plans to publish his book with Hughes’s poetry publisher, Faber. According to reports in the Sunday Times and the Guardian,...

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Carol Ann Duffy leads poetry reading outside Pentonville jail in books protest

The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has led a protest poetry reading outside Pentonville prison in north London, against a government ban on sending books and other essentials to prisoners. Jo Shapcot...

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Aid for inspiration: poets win Literature Wales bursary awards

A filmmaker embarking on her first poetry collection; a poet and journalist who is tracking down 150 poets from six continents to ask them about their inspiration; and a publisher of contemporary expe...

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