Poetry heroes: chance to read favourite poems at Manchester event tonight

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John G Hall and Shirley May will be the headline poets at Homer to Heaney, where established and newer poets recite the work of their heroes, at Fuel café, Withington, Manchester, on Saturday 27 May from 9.30pm to 12, with an open mic as well to read your own work or poems by other poets. The event is in aid of Venture Arts in Manchester, which runs arts workshops for adults with learning disabili...

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Dominic Berry wins Saboteur award for best spoken word performer

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Dominic Berry has won this year’s Saboteur award for best spoken word performer, it was announced on Saturday night at the awards evening in London. Manchester-based Dominic, who pipped Hollie McNish, is touring two shows, his adult verse ‘No Tigers’, and a family retelling of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wol...

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The enduring appeal of print: long-running poetry magazines set out their stalls at London fair

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Evidence of the staying power of print poetry magazines and some of its most respected and distinguished editors could be found in London on Saturday. Free Verse organisers Chrissy Williams and Joey C...

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Write Out Loud at Bolton Socialist Club tonight

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Write Out Loud Bolton will be meeting at Bolton Socialist Club on Sunday 21 May at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entry is £1 plus raffle to this open mic poetry event compered by Jeffarama! and Gordon Zola...

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Boxing clever: young Theatre Royal poets put mental health issues into words

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The visual performance aids are just 10 cardboard boxes, with one poet guiding the audience through the show, putting on a posh accent, as if it was an exhibition. The Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Y...

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Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside tonight

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Martin Zarrop and Joel Sadler-Puckering are the guest poets at Write Out Loud Sale on Tuesday 16 May at the Waterside arts centre, Sale. Entry is £3/£2 to this open mic event. It starts at 7.30pm - bu...

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Write Out Loud Woking celebrates first anniversary at the New Inn tonight

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Write Out Loud Woking will be celebrating its first anniversary at the New Inn, Send, near Woking, on Monday 15 May. Entry is free, and you can sign up from 7.30 onwards for the open mic. It starts at...

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Kathy D'Arcy and Alisha Kaplan win Hippocrates prizes for poetry and medicine

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Kathy D’Arcy, pictured, from Cork, and Alisha Kaplan, from Toronto, are the 2017 winners of the Hippocrates health professional and open prizes for poetry and medicine, it was announced at Harvard Med...

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London, Swansea, New York, Australia, Italy: Dylan Day has global reach

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Readings at a favourite pub haunt of Dylan Thomas in London; performances, a walk, jazz, talks and film in his birthplace Swansea; and events in New York, Australia, and Italy will all form part of th...

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From books to magazines: new poetry fair in London on Saturday

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Free Verse, organisers of the annual Poetry Book Fair in London, are staging a new event next month – a poetry magazine fair. Print magazines such as Acumen, Agenda, Ambit, Butcher's Dog, The Frogmore...

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Lessons of New Cross: poet Jay Bernard at the Last Word festival

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In 1981, 13 young black people were killed in a house fire in New Cross, south-east London. The fire is shrouded in mystery and controversy; it was never confirmed whether the fatal blaze was accident...

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Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts tonight

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Write Out Loud will be convening at the Old Courts, Wigan on Thursday 11 May for another night of free, open mic poetry. It begins at 8pm in the Bailiff bar. More details and Map

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Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Write Out Loud Stockport will meet on Monday 8 May to share poems at Stockport art gallery. Each month a collage poems is produced from group contributions, and you can read April’s here. Entry is a £...

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Poetry and much more at festival in Charles Causley's centenary year

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The Charles Causley festival taking place in Launceston from 1-5 June has a special significance this year  - 2017 is the centenary of the birth of the Cornish poet. Causley, who died in 2003, wrote f...

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Fore! Golf's laureate aims to inspire more people to take up the game

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The poetry of golf, anyone? National Golf Month, which begins on 1 May, has appointed its first golf laureate to help reverse the decline in the game and inspire people to take up the sport.

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TV writer and producer Henry Normal returns to his poetry roots with Manchester book launch

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A leading writer, comedian and TV producer with credits such as The Royle Family and Gavin & Stacey is returning to his poetry roots with the launch of a collection of 70 poems selected from his early...

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