Eileen Earnshaw at Write Out Loud Middleton at the Ring O' Bells tonight

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Eileen Earnshaw is the guest poet at Write Out Loud Middleton on Sunday 28 June at the Ring O’ Bells, St Leonards Square, Middleton. Entry is £2 to this open mic event, hosted by Norman Warwick. It begins at 7.30pm. More details and Map 

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Larkin to get Poets' Corner memorial

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Philip Larkin is to be honoured with a memorial in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. A floor stone dedicated to Larkin will join those of other poets including WH Auden, TS Eliot, William Wordsworth, and Ted Hughes, and will be unveiled on 2 December 2016, the 31st anniversary of Larkin's death.

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Expecting rain? Pete the Temp is this year's Glastonbury website poet in residence

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Pete the Temp, pictured, is this year’s website poet in residence at Glastonbury festival  - and one of his first Glastonbury poems, 'Pray for Rain', concludes: "You’ll be digested / by the mud / in y...

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Write Out Loud's Risk a Verse at Huddersfield tonight

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Write Out Loud’s Risk a Verse returns to the Red and Green Club, at Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, on Thursday 25 June. All are welcome to join in this laid-back, friendly poetry open-floor, which begins ...

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Counting down to Edinburgh: nine spoken word shows bound for the Fringe to be showcased in one day in Newcastle

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With the countdown to Edinburgh Fringe festival in August now well under way, nine spoken word shows en route to Edinburgh will be showcased in one day at the beginning of August in Newcastle. No Slee...

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Calling Terry and Julie: poetry bookshop is opening soon near Waterloo

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It is, as the words on the wall tell you, not far from the scene of the famous song.  A London poetry bookshop will be opening within weeks at Old Paradise Yard, which is about 10 minutes’ walk from W...

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Write Out Loud Bolton at the Brooklyn tonight

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Hosts Jeffarama! and Gordon Zola will be welcoming you once more to Bolton Write Out Loud on Sunday 21 June at the Brooklyn pub, Green Lane, Bolton. Entry is £1 plus raffle to this open mic event, whi...

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An American at Oxford: AE Stallings on how she became a professor of poetry contender

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The only female contender and the only American in the contest to become the next professor of poetry at Oxford has spoken of how it had originally “never crossed my mind” to throw her hat into the ri...

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Rant on: leading poets raise profile of 1980s movement

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Attila the Stockbroker, John Cooper Clarke, John Hegley, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Janine Booth (The Big J) are among those on the bill at Stand Up and Spit at Camden Centre in London Thursday 18 June,...

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In the footsteps of WB Yeats to mark his 150th anniversary

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A sequence of events celebrating WB Yeats’ 150th birthday on 13 June and his links with the Bedford Park area of Chiswick, west London will be staged this month. On Wednesday 17 June, journalist, broa...

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Taking your poetry pulse at Write Out Loud Marsden tonight

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Members of Write Out Loud Marsden have a chance to check their poetry pulses at their meeting at Marsden library, on Wednesday 17 June at 7.30pm. The non-obligatory theme for the open-floor evening is...

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Craig Raine hits back at 'Gatwick' critics

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Craig Raine has replied to critics of his poem, published in the London Review of Books, about admiring a young woman at Gatwick airport. Raine’s poem includes these lines:  “I want to say I like your...

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John Foggin and Heather Jane Fleming at Write Out Sale tonight

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John Foggin and Heather Jane Fleming are the guests at Write Out Loud Sale on Tuesday 16 June at the Waterside arts centre, Sale. Entry is £3/£2 to this open mic event, which begins at 7.30pm and is h...

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Michael Longley wins £34,000 Griffin international prize

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Michael Longley has won Canada’s Griffin international prize, said to be the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in or translated into English. Belfast-born L...

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Darren Thomas is compere at Write Out Loud Wigan tonight

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Darren Thomas will be compering Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan, on Thursday 11 June. Entry is free to this long-running open mic event, and it starts at 8.30pm. More de...

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Forward director praises 'transformative' best first collection shortlist

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The diversity of this year’s Forward prize shortlist for best first collection has been hailed as “a transformative moment in poetry publishing”. The shortlist for the £5,000 Felix Dennis prize includ...

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Heartwarming night as Jackie Hagan, Jo Bell, Hollie McNish win Saboteur awards

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There were some dramatic and heartwarming stories as the 2015 Saboteur awards were handed out on Sunday night. Jackie Hagan, whose Some People Have Too Many Legs won best spoken word show, sent a mess...

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Stitching together text and textiles at Write Out Loud Stockport tonight

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Members of Write Out Loud Stockport will be taking part in a workshop with author Sarah Butler to find The Heart of Stockport at their meeting on Monday 8 June, at Stockport art gallery. Work produced...

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New 'page and stage' anthology to be launched in Guildford

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Two new, previously unpublished poems from veteran playwright and poet Bernard Kops, plus contributions from Ash Dickinson, Steve Pottinger, Chrys Salt, Wendy Klein, David Cooke, Paul Sutherland and B...

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'Self-schooled poet' Simon Armitage bids to become Oxford professor of poetry

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Simon Armitage has thrown his hat into the ring to be the next professor of poetry at Oxford University, a prestigious position seen as second only to the poet laureateship. In a statement, the bestse...

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US poet Maya Popa and Cornwall's Kate Compston win Hippocrates prizes

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Teacher and writer Maya Popa, pictured, from New York, has won the £5,000 Hippocrates open prize for poetry and medicine. Second was Pascale Petit, and third was Catherine Ayres.

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