Loud and proud: Julian Jordon on why performing is so important

Write Out Loud’s co-founder, Julian Jordon, has spelled out the principles of poetry performance, and the philosophy behind encouraging people to read out their work in public, in a wide-ranging interview with the creative writing website ABCtales. Julian - pictured at the Write Out Loud poetry jam at Marsden jazz festival last year - told interviewer Luke Neima: “Many a time Write Out Loud has be...

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Actors to read Shakespeare's 154 sonnets at Royal Festival Hall

A team of actors including Simon Russell Beale, Juliet Stevenson and Harriet Walter will between them read every one of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, from 5pm to 9pm on Sunday 1 June at the Royal Festival Hall. The event is part of the Southban...

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Kate Tempest is guest star in poetry slam final at Royal Albert Hall

A poetry slam final is being held on Midsummer’s Day at the Royal Albert Hall next month. The poetry slam organisation Hammer & Tongue has been running slams around the country all year, and Saturday ...

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'Pollution-cutting' Simon Armitage poem gets airing overlooking A57

A new Simon Armitage poem on display at the University of Sheffield has been printed on material specially developed to help reduce nitrogen dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

According to the Unive...

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Ian Whiteley at Write Out Loud Middleton tonight

Ian Whiteley is the guest poet this weekend at Write Out Loud Middleton, which will be held on Sunday 25 May at the Ring O’Bells, Middleton, starting at 7pm. Your host is Norman Warwick, and entry is ...

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Last few days to vote for Saboteur awards

There are just a few days left to get your votes in for the indie lit Saboteur awards. The deadline is 25 May, with the winners announced on 31 May in Oxford. 

Hollie McNish, Kate Tempest, Sophia W...

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New festival at Winchester aims to join the ranks of Stanza, Ledbury and Aldeburgh

Ever wondered how you go about setting up a poetry festival? When should you start planning, how much work is involved, and how many volunteers do you need? Greg Freeman talks to Stephen Boyce, pictur...

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Write Out Loud's Risk A Verse at the Red and Green Club tonight

Write Out Loud’s newest open mic night, Risk A Verse, at the Red and Green Club, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield is back on Thursday 22 May. Your host is Julian Jordon, entry is free, and it starts at 7.30p...

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Angels from Brazil: Modern Poetry in Translation's spring issue launch

Modern Poetry in Translation magazine will be launching its spring issue, Twisted Angels, devoted to the best in Brazilian poetry, at the Brighton festival on Thursday 22 May. Tickets are £10, and the...

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Talking about Neruda at Write Out Loud Marsden tonight

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming” - Pablo Neruda. Write out Loud’s co-founder, Julian Jordon, will give a short chat about the Chilean poet, with some of his verse, ...

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Jackie Hagan and Jonathan Eyre at Write Out Loud Sale tonight

Jackie Hagan and Jonathan Eyre are the guest poets at Write Out Loud Sale, on Tuesday 20 May at the Waterside arts centre, Sale, and the guest host is Joy France. Entry to the open mic night is £3/£2,...

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Write Out Loud Bolton at the Brooklyn on Sunday

Poets new and old will be welcomed by MCs Jeffarama! and Gordon Zola at Write Out Loud Bolton on Sunday 18 May, at the Brooklyn pub in Bolton.  Entry is £1 to the open mic night, and doors open at 7.3...

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Jane Draycott wins £5,000 Hippocrates prize

Jane Draycott – pictured with judge Philip Gross – has won the £5,000 Hippocrates prize for poetry and medicine. The second prize was won by UK poet Ailsa Holland and the third prize was shared by New...

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Poetry shortlists revealed for Wales Book of the Year

The poetry shortlists for authors writing in English and Welsh have been unveiled in the 2014 Wales Book of the Year award. Three authors are in contention for the top spot in each category and will e...

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Poetry of protest: what are the rights and wrongs?

How do you create good political poetry, what is poetry activism. and what can it actually achieve? Do poets have a responsibility to write about rights, and if so -  what should they be wary of? Four...

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Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery on Monday

Members of Stockport Write Out Loud will be reading and discussing poems on the theme of ‘Indecision’ at their monthly meeting at Stockport art gallery on Monday 12 April. The meeting starts at 7pm, w...

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A Whitsun celebration to mark 50th anniversary of Larkin's famous poem

“All windows down, all cushions hot, all sense / Of being in a hurry gone.” One of the finest poems about a train journey, Philip Larkin’s ‘The Whitsun Weddings’, is to be brought to life to mark the ...

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New anthology of imitations offers fresh perspective on poetry's 'P' word

Is plagiarism really such a dirty word? How permissible is it to reshape an existing source? Where does influence end, and infringement begin? These are some of the questions raised by a new anthology...

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Write Out Loud newsman ventures up north to investigate Wigan phenomenon

Write Out Loud’s southern-based newsman, Greg Freeman, is planning to attend Write Out Loud Wigan on Thursday at the Tudor House hotel, on 8 May, to check out this famed open mic, spoken word night. F...

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Night in the spotlight: R&M founder launches collection

Alison Hill is used to standing in front of the mic as founder and co-compere of Kingston’s Rhythm & Muse poetry and music night; much less used to reading her poems from it. Her fellow compere, Nick ...

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