Penelope Wilton lends a hand at launch of poems written by pupils in literacy project

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TV, film and stage star Dame Penelope Wilton was at Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax to launch and read from a collection of poems written by Halifax schoolchildren who had taken part in the PoetryQuest literacy project. 

PoetryQuest is a national initiative by education charity Children & the Arts which pairs up arts venues and schools with professional poets to increase awareness, access an...

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Articles of War: Marilyn Longstaff, Smokestack

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Marilyn Longstaff has published four poetry collections: Puritan Games (2001), Sitting Among the Hoppers (2004) and Raiment (2010). Articles of War, brought out this year by Smokestack Books, is grounded in her Salvation Army upbringing.  It is also grounded in a local and national geography that fe...

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Derek Walcott museum in St Lucia closes after budget cut and tourism row

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A museum in St Lucia on the site of the boyhood home of the Nobel prize-winning poet and playwright Derek Walcott has closed amid a funding shortfall that has been linked to disputes over  tourism dev...

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Gillian Clarke to judge £750 Wells festival poetry competition

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Gillian Clarke will be judging the £750 Wells festival of literature poetry competition. The deadline is 30 June. More details

 

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'I slice as close as I dare to the core'

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One of my favourite poems is Louise Bogan's 'The Crossed Apple' which mentions two species, Meadow Milk and Sweet Burning, and since reading it many years ago I have made notes of the names of apples,...

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'The Concrete Road' by Becky Sowray is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The Concrete Road’ by Becky Sowray. On her profile page Becky describes herself as living “the ordinary dream in an off-white tower, getting high on radio-n...

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Deadline nears for £700 Battered Moons poetry competition

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Malika Booker will be judging the £700 Battered Moons poetry competition. The deadline is 30 June. More details

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Jackie Hagan, Raymond Antrobus, and Jane Commane win £15,000 poetry awards

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Poets Jackie Hagan, Raymond Antrobus, and Jane Commane have each been awarded £15,000 inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships, in a collaboration between the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Art...

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Remember that game: football anthology launched in aid of Alzheimer Scotland project

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An anthology of football poetry featuring more than 100 poems in aid of Alzheimer Scotland’s Football Memories project has been launched at the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park.

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The Write Out Loud poem of the week is Stay Put by Mark Mr T Thompson

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The Write Out Loud poem of the week is Stay Put by Mark Mr T Thompson, a popular, highly-regarded poet on the Write Out Loud poetry blogs. The reference isn’t difficult to discern given that the advic...

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Tony Walsh gives poetic verdict on election result alongside Carol Ann Duffy

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It began when Tony Walsh read his poem about Manchester, ‘This is The Place’, at the vigil for the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena suicide bombing. Tony’s reading went round the world. He was asked...

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Tracy K Smith is new US poet laureate

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Tracy K Smith is the new poet laureate of the United States, it has been announced.  The poet laureate - Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the United States is the full title - is appointed by the...

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Northern Irish poets Michael Longley and Sinead Morrissey on Forward list

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Michael Longley, who recently won the PEN Pinter prize, is one of five poets shortlisted for the £10,000 Forward prize for best collection, it was announced on Monday. At 77, Longley is the oldest of ...

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Out of the Weather: Julie Mellor, Smith/Doorstop

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It is always reassuring when you pick up a book of poetry and it’s immediately obvious that the writer is entirely at home with the concept of crafting her work, and equally at home in presenting the ...

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'Only one hour here stiffens the barbs into thousands of quick retorts'

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Kelly Madigan lives in Nebraska and this poem is from her book, The Edge of Known Things, from Stephen F Austin University Press. Did you think that you were all that different from a porcupine? Well,...

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Sinéad Morrissey to judge £2,000 Mslexia poetry competition

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Sinéad Morrissey will be judging the £2,000 Mslexia women’s poetry competition, and Amy Wack, poetry editor of publishers Seren, will be judging Mslexia’s poetry pamphlet competition. The deadline for...

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Poet and novelist Helen Dunmore dies aged 64

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The poet, novelist and children’s author Helen Dunmore has died at the age of 64. She had been suffering from cancer.  Her poetry publisher Bloodaxe said that “we are immensely saddened by the news”.

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The Meaning of Things: Elaine Randell, Shearsman

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There are some poets who have stayed with me for a long time, and Elaine Randell is one of them. I first came across her work in a 1970s copy of the Poetry Review, and her ‘Diary of a Working Man’, th...

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'We have to seek ... for something like the beetle scuttling between grass'

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Judith Harris's poetry has appeared in this column several times. She lives in Washington, DC. Here's a meditation from her most recent book of poems, Night Garden, from Tiger Bark Press.




HOW QUIET

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Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Members of Write Out Loud Stockport will be meeting at Stockport art gallery on Monday 12 June to share their poetry. Every month a collage poem is created from members’ contributions. You can read Ma...

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Write Out Loud Woking at the New Inn tonight

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Write Out Loud Woking will be at the New Inn, Send, near Woking on Monday 12 April for another night of free, open-mic poetry. Your hosts are Rodney Wood and Greg Freeman. Sign up to read from 7.30pm ...

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'The day my dad went mad' by Patricia Hughes is Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The day my dad went mad’ by Patricia Hughes.  The title of the poem speaks for itself. On her profile page Patricia says: “The written word has helped get me th...

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Jess Green and her affirmation of nightlife on London's evening of terror

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It was when the train was leaving Waterloo that news of the London Bridge terror attacks started appearing on people’s mobiles. I had to leave early to catch the last train home after attending Tubthu...

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London's Poetry Cafe reopening after nine-month refit

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One of London’s most popular poetry venues, the Poetry Cafe, is reopening after being closed for nine months for a refit. The cafe is run by the Poetry Society, whose offices are above it in Betterton...

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Kate Tempest in Brixton: politics suffused with hope and humility

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Where better than Brixton for Kate Tempest to perform her latest album Let Them Eat Chaos? Where better than a community riven by the repercussions of gentrification; a community whose long-serving so...

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Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts tonight

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Gather ye at Write Out Loud Wigan on Thursday 8 June at the Old Courts for another session of free, free-range, open mic poetry. It starts at 8.30pm. More details and Map

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Saboteur award winner Maria Ferguson to launch spoken word night in Lincoln

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Saboteur award winner Maria Ferguson will be performing her show Fat Girls Don’t Dance at the launch of a new monthly spoken word night in Lincoln on Thursday 15 June.

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Michael Longley wins PEN Pinter prize

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The Northern Ireland poet Michael Longley has been named winner of this year’s PEN Pinter prize.  Longley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for P...

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'I will not speak ill of Jack Flick. I will rarely look at the scar he made on my cheek'

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We're taught to never speak ill of the dead. Well, then, what do we do? Perhaps we forgive. Here's a lovely poem by Sarah White, who lives in New York. It's from her book from Deerbrook Editions, Wars...

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Tony Walsh reads 'This is The Place' at Ariana Grande concert for Manchester bombing victims

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Leading performance poet Tony Walsh will be reading his world-famous poem about Manchester, ‘This is The Place’, which he delivered at the vigil for the Manchester Arena bomb victims, at a remembrance...

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'A Day Such As This' by Tom Harding is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘A Day Such As This’ by Tom Harding, a poem that appears to be about a wet day in the garden. Tom’s poems are invariably accompanied by his drawings. In his ...

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Yes, there's no apostrophe - Walsall's new poetry night

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Jonny Fluffypunk will be headlining a new spoken word night at the Pretty Bricks pub in Walsall on Sunday 4 June at 7pm. Yes, We Cant – no, the apostrophe’s not missing - is organised by the Poets, Pr...

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National Poetry Day and BBC team up with OED to unearth local words for poems

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National Poetry Day and the BBC are joining forces to seek out and celebrate the nation’s great local words in 12 specially commissioned poems – one for each of the 12 BBC regions in England.

Natio...

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Spreading the word: launch of anthology by D/deaf and disabled poets

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An anthology of poetry, essays and photographs - Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back - that was backed by a Crowdfunder appeal will be launched at Birmingham City University on S...

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Deadline nears for £500 Welsh poetry competition

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Kathy Miles will be judging the £500 Welsh poetry competition. The deadline is 18 June. More details

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