Steve Pottinger creates a buzz as 'last orders' threatens Rhythm & Muse

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The quietly-spoken, hard-travelling Steve Pottinger was back at Kingston’s Rhythm & Muse on Thursday night. As he told his audience, he gets “a real buzz” out of travelling to different gigs, meeting different people. His daytime job is in the music business; being on the move is in his blood.

There were long, crafted poems, of honest, unflinching vision, about the pop-optimism of single-mum gi...

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South poetry magazine notches up half-century

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A twice-yearly poetry magazine with a method of selecting poems for publication that gives new poets an even chance of being published is getting ready to celebrate its 50th issue.  South, which was launched in 1990, and has been self-supporting since 2003, is holding a launch in London for the firs...

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Four poets - and a pasty - at Chorlton

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Tony Walsh, Louise Fazackerley, Marvin Cheeseman and Sarah L Dixon are on the bill at Chorlton Irish Club in Manchester on Friday 10 October, in the return of Four Poets and a Pasty. Tickets are £8 in...

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Remembering 'the debts you owe': family pays tribute to poet of the trenches

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“Dearest Ma, Hello, how are you, I am in the pink, everything is A1 out here. We are at present resting, we hear plenty of gun fire, but of course, up to now, we have not been in any of it … don’t for...

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Lights on: Koestler Trust puts poetry and artworks from prisoners on show

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You walk into the room, and are confronted by a selection of stark poetry and prose on the walls. Then the lights go out, and an entirely new, luminous set of writings appear.  The effects is startlin...

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Write Out Loud Middleton at the Ring O' Bells tonight

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Philosophical poet Paul Jelen is the guest at Write Out Loud Middleton on Sunday 28 September at the Ring O’Bells, St Leonards Square, Middleton, at 7pm. Entry is a £2 donation to this open mic event,...

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Five titles are contenders for first collection prize

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The shortlist for this year’s Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection prize has been announced, chosen by judges Imtiaz Dharker, Robert Seatter (chair) and Anthony Wilson. The shortlisted books are:  Bright...

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'A thistle can draw blood': Carol Ann Duffy on the Scottish independence verdict

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The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has delivered a poem on the Scottish independence referendum, a day after the 55%-45% No verdict. As the Queen issued a measured statement expressing the hope that ...

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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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Milestone moment for two poets launching collections at the Poetry Cafe

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Two poets reached milestones on their poetic careers on Monday night at the Poetry Cafe in London when they launched their first collections. Rebecca Hubbard read from The Garden of Shadow and Delight...

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Spoken word night in Guildford launches second anthology

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A spoken word night is celebrating its third year by publishing a second anthology of poetry. Hosts Janice Windle and Donall Dempsey say in their foreword to the 2014 anthology of Pop Up Poetry in Gui...

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Publication prize for Geoff Stevens competition winners

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The closing date is 30 September for a competition in which two winners will have their poetry collections published. The Geoff Stevens Memorial poetry prize is organised by publishers Indigo Dreams. ...

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Write Out Loud Bolton at the Brooklyn tonight

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Write Out Loud Bolton open mic night meets at the Brooklyn, Green Lane, Bolton on Sunday 21 September, at 7.30pm for 8 start, with MCs Jeffarama! and Gordon Zola. Entry: £1 plus raffle (£1 per ticket)...

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Poetry Book Society names top 20 'Next Generation' poets

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The Poetry Book Society has named its “Next Generation” of 20 up-and-coming poets, something it does once every 10 years. The list contains a number of familiar and established names, including perfor...

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Kim Moore at the Spotlight in Lancaster on Friday

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Kim Moore, who is poet in residence at Ilkley literature festival next month, will be appearing at the Spotlight Club at The Storey, Lancaster, on Friday 19 September. More details and Map. She is als...

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Write Out Loud's Risk A Verse in Huddersfield tonight

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Write Out Loud’s Risk A Verse open mic night at the community-run Red and Green Club, Huddersfield, is being held tonight, Thursday 18 September, at 7.30pm. Entry is free. All are welcome to read thei...

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Theatre of war: actors to perform poems from Bloodaxe anthology of conflict

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A new anthology of war poetry, The Hundred Years’ War, that was published earlier this year, is heading for the stage. The production, which will open at the Belgrade theatre in Coventry, at the start...

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Yes or No, Elvis McGonagall is on his way to Worcester

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Whatever the result of today's independence vote, Scottish performance poet Elvis McGonagall is due to appear at the Hive in Worcester on Wednesday 24 September at 7.30pm – and he is likely to have so...

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Literary magazine Tears in the Fence marks 30th anniversary with festival

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A literary magazine that features poetry, prose, essays, translations, interviews and reviews is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a weekend festival next month.  The Tears in the Fence festival w...

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Write Out Loud Sale at Waterside arts centre tonight

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Cynthia Buell Thomas and Jenny Berry are the guest poets at Write Out’s Sale’s open mic event at the Waterside arts centre, Sale on Tuesday 16 September. Jenny, an English language student at Manchest...

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Slate Rising: Alison Hill, Indigo Dreams

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This collection combines the familiar with a touch of other worlds, observed with an eye that is compassionate as well as curious. At times, there is an unsettling hint of something out there, as in ‘...

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Remembering doomed youth: festival poetry readings pay tribute to war dead

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The centrepiece of Winchester poetry festival took place on Sunday afternoon within the war cloister of Winchester College, which was built in the early 1920s to commemorate the school’s war dead. Mem...

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Spreading the word: performance poets flock to Guardian Witness video site

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The Guardian says there is only one day left to join in, but already approaching 200 spoken word videos have been uploaded on to its Guardian Witness site. Last month the Guardian’s Comment is Free se...

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Anyone for tennis? Winchester's first poetry festival gets off to flying start

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The focus was on fun and laughter on Friday evening at the inaugural poetry festival in Winchester. The festival aims to establish itself alongside the likes of Stanza in Scotland, and Ledbury and Ald...

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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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Poetry and mental illness: let's hear it for the Survivors

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“I was in a lot of asylums, and now I’m in a lot of universities.” That was how John O’Donoghue, pictured, introduced one of his poems at Perceptions of Difference, an event at the Poetry Library duri...

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Read lots of poetry, listen and learn: the road to publishing your first collection

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We at Write Out Loud are very pleased to announce that our Reviews Editor, Frances Spurrier, has just published her first collection, The Pilgrim’s Trail. Here Frances talks about hearing the good new...

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Write Out Loud at the Tudor in Wigan tonight

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Write Out Loud’s celebrated open mic night in Wigan is back on Thursday 11 September. Entry is free, and it kicks off at 8.30pm at the Tudor House hotel in Wigan. More details and Map 

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Wakefield's Red Shed founder Jimmy Andrex launches poetry and music CD

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Wakefield poet Jimmy Andrex will be launching a CD of poems set to music, celebrating local people and places,  on Thursday 9 October at 7pm. Andrex, who co-founded Red Shed Readings at the city’s Lab...

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Poetry festival 'on home ground' to mark anniversary of Seamus Heaney's death

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The first anniversary of the death of Seamus Heaney on 30 August 2013 will be marked by a festival of poetry, writing and culture in his home area, the Irish News has reported. Celebrating Seamus Hean...

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Calling time at Words on Tap in Leeds

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A poetry night in Leeds that has been running for two years  - and has featured a number of top  names as guests in that time – is due to close at the end of November. Those who have appeared at Words...

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Tales from the venues

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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Come and join the collage: Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Members of Write Out Loud Stockport will be meeting at Stockport art gallery on Monday 8 September at 7pm to read and discuss their own poetry.  Entry is a £1 donation. Each month a collage poem is cr...

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Deadline nears for Black Country museum competition

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There's till time to enter the third Black Country Living Museum £100 annual poetry competition - the deadline is 26 September. This year’s theme, “conflict and contemplation”, is inspired by the stor...

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Is Billy Collins still at the top of his game? A fan's view from Edinburgh book festival

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Book festivals, unlike music festivals, rarely seem to set many people into a heightened state of animation – unless, of course, those people are bibliophiles. 

There were over 800 events taking pl...

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Hear 60 poets, meet 60 publishers at London poetry book fair Free Verse

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A poetry book fair for publishers, poets and readers that is described as “an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more” returns to Conway Hall i...

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Soviet military map of Edinburgh inspires poet

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A military map of Edinburgh drawn up for Russian tank commanders has inspired a Scottish poet. Tom Pow, the first Bartholomew writer-in-residence at the National Library of Scotland, discovered the ma...

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Better together? Advice for the Scots from Luke Wright's English toff

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First Elvis McGonagall, now Luke Wright has entered the debate about Scottish independence. The English performance poet’s tongue-in-cheek contribution, on the Spoken Words section of the Guardian web...

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'Dylan Unchained': reading, book launch and play at Swansea university

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Ian McMillan will be hosting and taking part in a poetry reading, Dylan Unchained, with Geraldine Monk and David Annwn, as part of the Dylan Thomas centenary conference at Swansea University from 3-5 ...

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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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