Happy hols - but watch out for poetry event cancellations over Christmas and New Year

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The festive holidays are upon us  … and this can be one of those times when some gig owners forget to notify everyone that regular events listed on Write Out Loud are cancelled over Christmas and New Year.

Please let everyone know if your regular event is not happening during the Christmas holiday period by amending your listing in the Write Out Loud Gig Guide. Ands, at the same time, if your e...

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The medium's his message: how David Turner gets podcast poets to relax and chat

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It might seem odd to some, one interviewer interrogating another, but David Turner was far too polite to comment on my old-tech approach of turning up with a list of questions on a clipboard, and then scribbling down the answers in a sub-shorthand, semi-legible scrawl. (It’s why I prefer to intervie...

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Ghalib, ghazals, musha'iras: an Asian tradition of spoken word

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It was an extraordinary moment, for me, at any rate. Early on during a talk about a famous South Asian poet his words were read out in Urdu – and many of the audience began joining in, knowing them wo...

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'The foxes are bouncing, the baby awakes': McGonagall's Christmas message

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Stand-up poet Elvis McGonagall has sent out his own Christmas message to followers in the form of a festive poem – and explained it thus:

“Noddy Holder screaming ‘It's Christmas!’ for me is just th...

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'That apple bride was sweet, and I want to bring it back to him'

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A while back we published a column in which I talked about my delight in the many names of kinds of apples, and mentioned Louise Bogan's marvellous mid-century poem 'The Crossed Apple'. Here's yet ano...

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American Life in Poetry

'Going, Going, Gone' by Jeff is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Going, Going, Gone’ by Jeff, about a failed relationship. Jeff says he has been writing poems for the last two years. He says he is no expert on poetry, but it ...

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We at Write Out Loud wish you the best at Christmas and a successful New Year

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Joy to the world: poetry party to launch manifesto*. After one of the strangest years in living memory, having given up on politicians’ prosaic pontification, and fed up with the falsehoods of the med...

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Richard Scott and the Emma Press win £5,000 awards

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Richard Scott has won the £5,000 Michael Marks poetry pamphlet award for his collection Wound, published by The Rialto. Judges Debbie Cox, Paul Batchelor, Adam O’Riordan said that Scott’s pamphlet “wo...

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Absent Dylan 'panned poetry gold', says Swedish critic at Nobel awards night

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True to form, Bob Dylan failed to turn up to receive his Nobel prize for literature at the annual awards dinner in Sweden. But in the speech he sent, which was read out by the US ambassador to Sweden,...

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Solstice poems from Coleridge, Jamie and Duffy on Radio 4

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Actor Simon Russell Beale will be reading Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘Frost at Midnight’ as part of Radio 4’s day of poems for the winter solstice on Wednesday 21 December. Other winter solstice poems ...

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'She knows she is not looking at the sky. But she calls out, still'

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What would our lives be like if we didn't have imagination? Here's a poem by Rachel Richardson, who lives in California, from her book, Hundred-Year Wave, from Carnegie Mellon University Press. 



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Huddersfield University launches Ted Hughes Network

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Huddersfield University launched an initiative establishing the university as a new hub for research, collaboration, projects and events about Ted Hughes on Wednesday, with readings by poets Ian Parks...

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Permission to Speak in Stourbridge: cool surroundings and no sign of hipsters

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Some poetry nights hide themselves away in the back rooms of pubs like a guilty secret. Permission To Speak does no such thing. Instead, it revels in taking over the cool, funky venue which is the Sca...

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Tales from the venues

Write Out Loud Woking at the New Inn tonight

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Join hosts Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood for some Yultetide cheer at a festive edition of Write Out Loud Woking at the New Inn at Send in Surrey on Monday 19 December. Entry is free to this open-mic po...

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Beyond the cringe ... How I saw the light and learned to love the anti-slam

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“Welcome to the worst night of your lives!” That was the enticing introduction from host Dan Simpson at the start of the Anti Slam Apocalypse, a grand UK final of anti-slammers from around the country...

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Poet celebrates 45 years with milestone collection and the sounds of seagulls

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A publisher paid tribute to “someone who has quietly become one of our best poets” at the launch of a collection covering 45 years of poetry. Tim Dooley is a tutor for the Poetry School and a visiting...

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'I want to be at both houses'

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Here's a short but loaded poem by a six-year-old from South Carolina, Jo'lene Dailey, from RYPA, the Rattle Young Poets Anthology. Rattle is a prominent literary journal. How many children have felt t...

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Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Write Out Loud Stockport will be meeting at Stockport art gallery on Monday 12 December to share poetry. Each month a collage poem is produced from the poetic contributions of the evening, and you can...

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Poet & Painter: Helen Jagger and Michael Moss

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Cornwall for our many visitors is perhaps mainly bucket and spade, surf, ice-cream, and, inevitably, crowds. But what those of us who live here value most are the empty landscapes and seascapes, at th...

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Too Brave to Dream: RS Thomas, Bloodaxe

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This is a book of ekphrastic poems by an elderly Welsh clergyman, left between the pages of two treatises on art. An inspiring description? It makes a difference that the artists included Dali, Tanguy...

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'Forever and a day' by Natasha Bowman is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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‘Forever and a day’ by Natasha Bowman is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. Natasha, whose profile page on Write Out Loud is labelled Silent Song Symphony Sadness Soul, is a teenager who started...

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Westminster abbey finds room for Larkin in Poets' Corner

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“Our almost-instinct almost true: / What will survive of us is love.” The final lines from Philip Larkin’s poem, ‘An Arundel Tomb’, that describes the effigies of a knight and his wife, have been insc...

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Emily Berry is new editor of Poetry Review magazine

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Emily Berry has been named as the new editor of the Poetry Society’s quarterly Poetry Review magazine. She succeeds Maurice Riordan, who has been editor since 2013.  

Berry grew up in London and st...

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Christmas cracker at Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts tonight

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Open micers in Wigan are invited to bring Christmas poems and humbug verse to Write Out Loud at the Old Courts, Wigan on Thursday 8 February. It’s an earlier start than usual – 8pm – to make sure ever...

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'Gazing into the world: at our walls, my red cup, my sleepless hair'

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I suppose there have been other poems about a baby's first look at and into the world, but they couldn't be more touching than this, by Faith Shearin, who lives in West Virginia, and whose most recent...

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American Life in Poetry

Hannah Lowe to judge £600 Ware Poets competition

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Hannah Lowe will be judging the £600 Ware Poets competition. The deadline is 30 April 2017. More details 

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Poets in West Midlands launch collection for Syria

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Writers from Stourbridge and elsewhere in the West Midlands have contributed to a collection of poetry aimed at raising money for humanitarian aid in Syria, with the plea “that the inhumanity of dropp...

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High on Rust: Ray Webber, Tangent

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Ray Webber is an anarchic ex-postman from Bristol, an artist, writer, thinker and drinker, who has published his debut collection of poetry at the age of 93.

His poems are generally short and weave...

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'Schoolbuddy' by Ray Pool is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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This week’s Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Schoolbuddy’ by Ray Pool. It’s a poem about finding out about the death of an old musician friend on Facebook - a friend the poet has only recently reco...

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After Trump: an artistic and poetic reminder of America's Great Migration

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A week after the shock of America’s supposed liberal values being trumped by bigly bigotry, the country’s apparently ingrained red neck having been thus exposed, I had the privilege of attending an e...

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The Magnitude of My Sublime Existence, Selima Hill, Bloodaxe

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Selima Hill’s readers are fortunate indeed, because she is writing prolifically (four books in the last four years) at the height of her powers. She is funny, tragic, acerbic, brilliant. There is some...

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Church Going: Larkin to be honoured at Westminster on Friday

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A stone will be placed in Poets’ Corner at Westminster abbey on Friday 2 December in memory of Philip Larkin, who died on the same date in 1985. It marks the culmination of a long campaign by the Phil...

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