Roll up to pay tributes to the Bard at open mic night's swansong

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Poets, singers and Shakespeare enthusiasts are invited to come and perform their own work, read some of the Bard's sonnets or extracts from his plays, sing Shakespeare's words set to music or just enjoy listening to others, when Worcestershire’s poet laureate, Heather Wastie, teams up with poet Sarah Tamar for a Mouth and Music Shakespeare Soapbox, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 26 April at the Boars Head, ...

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Literature festival aims to connect with writers at risk across the world

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Poets will be to the fore when they come together with novelists, playwrights and artists to celebrate English PEN’s Writers at Risk programme and the individuals it supports at the organisation’s first modern literature festival in London on 2 April.

At the festival writers from England will pre...

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The power of words: audiences flock to literary festivals and book fairs in India and Pakistan

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A writer who is appearing at Wenlock poetry festival next month has spoken of her experiences at literary festivals in India and Pakistan, where audiences can number into hundreds of thousands.

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Poetry posties wanted in West Midlands to mark Shakespeare anniversary

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Fancy being a poetry postie? Arts organisation Writing West Midlands is looking for volunteers to help celebrate Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death next month. In an initiative with BBC...

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Write Out Loud open mic sessions linked to exhibition at Stockport art gallery

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Members of Write Out Loud Stockport will be staging two open mic poetry readings at Stockport art gallery on Saturday 26 March and Saturday 9 April between 3.30pm to 4.30pm, with themes loosely based ...

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Syrian poet opposed to president is killed by Islamic State extremists

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A Syrian poet and his son have been killed by the extremist group calling itself Islamic State (IS), the writers pressure group Pen International has reported. According to media reports, Mohammad Bas...

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Travelling, then arriving: bookshop reading celebrates different paths to poetry

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A poetic journey that began in the streets of Lambeth on a sun-soaked Halloween day last autumn ended in a travel bookshop on Friday night, when poets who had taken part in a series of workshops read ...

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A coffee for a poem on World Poetry Day as offer spreads around the globe

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Monday 21 March is World Poetry Day, launched by Unesco in 1999 with the aim of promoting the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world, and to "give fresh recognition a...

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Surprise release of pardoned Qatari poet after four years in jail

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Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami has been pardoned and released after more than four years in prison, English PEN has announced. Cat Lucas of English PEN said: “We are delighted by the unexpected news th...

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Rescued animals, witches, a hidden king: poet tells of rural life then and now

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A poet who escaped to the country to become a novice smallholder in an ancient farmhouse, and to populate it with 150 animals, most of them rescued, is launching her first full collection later this m...

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Write Out Loud at Marsden library tonight

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David Lindsay, Write Out Loud’s gig guide editor, and host of Cleckheaton’s Talking Zebras, is the guest host at Write Out Loud Marsden on Wednesday 16 March, as regular host Julian Jordon departs on ...

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Through a glass, darkly: Winston Plowes finds poetry in an emptied pint of beer

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When you gaze down at the dregs of your coffee cup, or beer glass, what do you see? Experimental poet Winston Plowes finds poetry there. His new collection, Telephones, Love Hearts and Jellyfish: Poèm...

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Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Write Out Loud Stockport meets at Stockport art gallery on Monday 14 March for another open-floor poetry night beginning at 7pm. Entry is a £1 suggested donation. Each month members produce a collage ...

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Ted Hughes award shortlist revealed

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Poems inspired by Sudan artefacts; a collaborative journey in the footsteps of Japanese poet Basho; poetry exploring pottery and the potter’s craft; a collaborative radio poem about home; and an Engli...

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Welsh-language poet Ifor ap Glyn is next national poet of Wales

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Ifor ap Glyn, a poet who has published five collections in Welsh, has been appointed as the new national poet of Wales. He will take over in May from Gillian Clarke, who has held the position since 20...

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Write Out Loud at the Old Courts in Wigan tonight

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Write Out Loud Wigan meets in all its open mic glory as the Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan, on Thursday10 March at 8.30pm. Entry is free. More details and Map

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Otley names Matthew Hedley Stoppard as its town poet

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Matthew Hedley Stoppard has been named as town poet for Otley in West Yorkshire, a role that has been created to link with the town’s Courthouse Words writing festival.

His debut collection of poet...

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Carol Ann Duffy plans readings tour in support of independent bookshops

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The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is to give readings in support of independent bookshops across Britain later this year to support the 10th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week, the Bookseller ...

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Drop in and speak out at the P Cafe at Stirchley in Birmingham

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The growth in the number of poetry and spoken word evenings means that ever more pubs and venues are setting nights aside for poetry, but a cafe that specifically sets out to support and promote poetr...

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Head for St Andrews for Scotland's biggest poetry festival

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Scotland’s biggest poetry festival kicks off next week, with the Stanza festival celebrating live poetry in all its forms for five days at St Andrews. This year's two themes are Body of Poetry - poetr...

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PGR Poetry invites guest poets from the past to help celebrate 10th birthday

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Organisers of a poetry mic night in the Midlands are inviting previous guest poets to join them in celebrating their 10th anniversary. PGR (Pure Good ‘N’ Right) Poetry in Leamington Spa is holding its...

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