Shine So Hard, Brighton: 'Rely on your own equipment and start small'

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In the third of a new series highlighting events usually listed on the Write Out Loud Gig Guide we got the low-down from Karen Withecomb on running Shine So Hard in Brighton. This event runs fortnightly (usually every other Monday) at The Quadrant, 12-13 North Street.

 

How long has it been running? And what made you think you should set up a poetry event in Brighton?

Shine So Hard will ...

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In the spotlight

Double success for students Shirley-Anne and Eileen in poetry competition

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Two former organisers of a Write Out Loud night have come first and second in Bolton University’s poetry competition. Shirley-Anne Kennedy, pictured right, with her poem ‘Moving On’, and Eileen Earnshaw, left, (‘If I Could’) came first and second in the competition’s staff/student category. They are...

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Poetry events over Christmas and New Year? Please make sure your Gig Guide listing is correct!

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Calling all poetry event organisers … can you please check your listings on Write Out Loud’s Gig Guide over the Christmas and New Year holiday period? At the moment (Saturday 16 December) Write Out Lo...

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Deadline nears for Wolf poetry competition

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Following on from the success of our Milestone poetry competition (run in conjunction with the Milestone Society) Write Out Loud is collaborating with the Wolverhampton Original Literature Festival (W...

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Deadline nears for €10,000 Moth poetry prize

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Daljit Nagra will be judging the €10,000 Moth poetry prize, formerly the Ballymaloe poetry prize. The deadline is 31 December. More details

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'Embassy Christmas' by Kevin is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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A very happy Christmas, and a fulfilling and rewarding New Year, from everyone on the Write Out Loud team!  Our Christmas Poem of the Week is ‘Embassy Christmas’ by Kevin.  It’s a remarkable tale of p...

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On Trust: A Book of Lies, James Womack, Carcanet

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James Womack was born in Cambridge, studied Russian, English and translation at university, and received his doctorate, on WH Auden's translations, in 2006. He has recently returned from Madrid, where...

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'Slim as an eel but a solitary glider, a pilot without bombs or weapons'

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Nancy Willard, who died in February, was one of my favourite poets, with an enviable gift for inventive description. She published poetry, fiction, essays and children's books, one of which, A Visit t...

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American Life in Poetry

A Moment of Disbelief: William Alderson, Poetry Salzburg

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William Alderson has viewed horrors from across the world, before processing them for our consumption. During that process he will have made decisions on which images we can bear to see. But he is no ...

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Write Out Loud at Marsden library tonight

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Marsden Write Out Loud will be meeting at Marsden library in Peel Street on Wednesday 20 December for another session of open-floor poetry with new co-ordinator John Ling. The theme for December is Re...

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Charlotte Wetton wins £5,000 poetry pamphlet award

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Charlotte Wetton has won this year’s £5,000 Michael Marks award for her poetry pamphlet I Refuse to Turn into a Hatstand, published by Calder Valley Poetry, it was announced on Tuesday night.

When ...

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Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside tonight

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Nick Degg, Phil Poyser and Mark Rawlins are the guest poets at Write Out Loud Sale on Tuesday 19 December at the Waterside arts centre, Sale. Entry is £3/£2 to this open mic poetry night, which starts...

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'Suddenly an ordinary day becomes holy ground'

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This poem by Stella Nesanovich, who lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana, appeared in a recent issue of Third Wednesday, a literary journal. At this time of great national division it's good to see a few ...

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'The Man That Gravity Forgot' by Nick is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The Man That Gravity Forgot’ by Nick. It’s a poem about loss and mourning, an inability to let go, and includes these lines: “I'm sure I could have saved yo...

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Write Out Loud Woking at the New Inn tonight

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It’s Write Out Loud Woking at the New Inn at Send, near Woking, on Monday 18 December, and organisers are promising a poetry quiz as part of the entertainment. Sign up for this free open mic poetry ni...

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Write Out Loud at Bolton Socialist Club tonight

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Bolton Write Out Loud will be meeting at Bolton Socialist Club on Sunday 17 December for some festive verse with hosts Jeffarama! and Gordon Zola. Entry is £1 plus raffle. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8 p...

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Lydia Kennaway wins £1,000 Flambard poetry prize

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Lydia Kennaway has won this year's £1,000 Flambard poetry prize, it was announced on Thursday night. She is a New Yorker living in Yorkshire, and is a student on the Writing Poetry MA at Newcastle Uni...

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Hippocrates prize organisers launch Book of the Heart

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The Hippocrates prizes for poetry and medicine are among the most sought after international poetry awards – and this year the organisers have launched a new anthology to coincide with the competition...

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Poets band together to support Wolverhampton grandmother threatened with deportation

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A group of poets in the West Midlands are putting on a benefit gig on Thursday 14 December in support of Paulette Wilson, a 61-year-old Wolverhampton woman who had been in Britain for 50 years when sh...

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Prize for best festive poem at Write Out Loud Wigan tonight

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A rollicking night of festive verse is promised at Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts on Thursday, 14 December, with a prize for the best festive poem, and mince pies. Entry is free to this open m...

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Licensed to Rhyme, Barnt Green, Birmingham

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In the second of a new series highlighting events listed on the Write Out Loud Gig Guide, Maggie Doyle, pictured, answered questions about Licensed to Rhyme, the event in Birmingham that she co-hosts ...

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In the spotlight

All fours: Nia Davies, Bloodaxe

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Nia Davies’s first collection is fizzing with ideas, high spirits and personality. Rather than surreal, it’s a pell-mell stream of consciousness - adult nonsense verse almost - full of delightful non ...

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Dismay as trust is forced to sell John Clare's local in Helpston

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The pub where John Clare drank and played the fiddle is to be sold by a trust that had intended to turn it into a folksinging centre.

The Exeter Arms in Helpston, Cambridgeshire, was bought by the ...

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Kim Moore's debut collection wins Geoffrey Faber prize

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Kim Moore has won the Geoffrey Faber memorial prize with her debut collection The Art of Falling, which was published by Seren in 2015. The prize, which is worth £1,500, is given in alternate years to...

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'What advice would she offer for life between husbands?'

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At a friend's wedding, as she stood in her reception line, an older woman leaned in and whispered, "Always rinse your dishrag in cold water so it won't stink."  Advice!  Christine Stewart-Nuñez lives ...

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American Life in Poetry

'Aubade' by Terry Jones is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Aubade’ by Terry Jones. The poem is written in a form known as a specula; after the mid-point of the poem every word or phrase used up to that point is empl...

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Poem of the week

Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Stockport Write Out Loud will be meeting at Stockport art gallery on Monday 11 December for a readaround of poems. Each month a collage poem is produced from contributions. You can read November’s her...

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Subject Matters: Jeremy Robson, Smokestack

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Jeremy Robson, a key figure in the poetry reading scene of the 1960s and 70s, opens the floodgates of memory wide in this collection as if eager to make up for the 35-year writer’s block that only end...

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Sunshine at the end of the world: Chris Hardy, Indigo Dreams

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Chris Hardy has lived in Asia, Africa, and other parts of Europe, and in a number of his poems in his fourth collection, Sunshine at the end of the world, he is drawn to seas and oceans, flirting with...

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Celebrating peace: poetry competition to mark centenary of first world war armistice

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This picture of Londoners celebrating the signing of the Armistice that marked the end of the first world war in 1918 is a reminder that the Museum of Military Medicine is running a £500 poetry compet...

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Competitions

Katherine Pierpoint wins £2,000 Troubadour prize

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Katherine Pierpoint has won the £2,000 Troubadour international poetry competition prize with her poem ‘The Egg-Slicer’, it was announced on Monday night. One of the prize judges, Imtiaz Dharker, said...

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'Great White Heron' by Chris Hubbard is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Great White Heron’ by Chris Hubbard. The poem is about a heron seen in the Loire valley in France, but is also about eagles circling above. In his responses...

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Poem of the week

'God's eyes were stained glass, and his voice was pipe organ'

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Many of us at some hour have struggled with organised religion, maybe all night, like Jacob wrestling the angel. Here's a fine poem by Fleda Brown, from her book No Need of Sympathy. She is the former...

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American Life in Poetry

Poetry that helps keep out the cold: celebrating 10 years of Camden Lumen

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“Poetry makes nothing happen” is the famous phrase attributed to WH Auden. Even if Auden didn’t mean it in quite the way that it often has been taken, sometimes poetry does make things happen, it real...

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Incendium Amoris: Steve Ely, Smokestack Books

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Sometimes one comes across books that confound your expectations of poetry. Most poetry, even some experimental poetry, goes along relatively obvious lines and you generally know where you are in the ...

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Helen Dunmore's final collection on Costa shortlist

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Novelist and poet Helen Dunmore, who died in June this year, has been included in the Costa poetry award shortlist for her fifth and final poetry collection, Inside the Wave, which was published by Bl...

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