Wayne Holloway-Smith to judge £500 Bare Fiction poetry prize

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Wayne Holloway-Smith will be judging the £500 Bare Fiction poetry prize. The deadline is 31 October. More details

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'Cottage Garden' by Chris Armstrong is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is Cottage Garden by Chris Armstrong. On his profile page Chris describes himself as “sailor and librarian, navigator and researcher, teacher and trainer, and – always – a traveller. Although born in Sussex, I have lived in Wales most of my life.” In his answers t...

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Making waves: Luke Wright to judge sound files in spoken poetry contest

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Leading performance poet Luke Wright will be judging Making Waves, a new spoken poetry competition in which poets are invited to send in short spoken poems of 200 seconds as digital sound files. The f...

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Deadline nears for £600 PN Review competitions

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The 1 September deadline is nearing for the inaugural £600 PN Review poetry competitions for best poem and best translation. You can enter both categories but the same entrant cannot win both prizes. ...

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'I extract each melodic tooth and sort them in octaves for rinsing'

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Just as I prefer to read good travel writing more than I like to travel, I look to poems to offer me experiences I'm quite likely never to have. Here's a poem by Rebecca Macijeski, a native New Englan...

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Translating Mountains: Yvonne Reddick, Seren

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This pamphlet by Yvonne Reddick was the winner of the 2016 Mslexia poetry pamphlet competition. Born in Glasgow, Reddick won a Northern Writers’ award for poetry in 2016 and is currently an academic r...

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'A Tale of Two Sandals' by Paul Waring is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘A Tale of Two Sandals’ by Paul Waring, a retired clinical psychologist who, his profile tells us, was once a menswear designer and also, during the 1980s, a...

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Tribute to 'warmth and humanity' of poet Christo James

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The poet and arts commentator Christopher James Heyworth, known to many of his poetry friends as Christo James, has died suddenly in hospital aged 71. Christo James was a retired college lecturer and ...

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'We used social media, flyers, sought out reviews ... we've been lucky'

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Steve Pottinger, pictured left, has been performing poetry - with Emma Purshouse and Dave Pitt - at Edinburgh's Free Fringe for the first time. As a newcomer he reflects on the buzz, the camaraderie a...

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Publishers Templar to stage day of poetry at Keats House

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Poetry publishers Templar are presenting a day-long festival at Keats House, Hampstead in London on 27 August, including readings and workshops. Poets taking part are Oliver Comins, Alex McMllen, Paul...

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Deadline nears for £1,000 Oxford Brookes poetry competition

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Helen Mort will be judging Oxford Brookes University’s £1,000 poetry competition, which also has an English as an Additional Language category. The deadline is 28 August. More details

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Poetry on the upsurge at Edinburgh book festival

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A few years ago Write Out Loud was in Edinburgh for the Fringe and the book festival – and was a little disappointed at the amount of poetry on offer at the latter. It is fair to say things have chang...

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Write Out Loud's Milestones competition - get ready for the results!

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The results of Write Out Loud’s Milestones competition, which has been judged by Brian Patten and is being run on behalf of the Milestone Society, are almost ready to be announced. The list of first, ...

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This is Not A Rescue: Emily Blewitt, Seren

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Several things are clear from this collection: Emily Blewitt loves cats and she adores reading Jane Austen. She also has a penchant for American documentaries. Blewitt was born in Carmarthen, studied ...

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'Chipped and grubby like old friends with egg on their faces'

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Lois Parker Edstrom, a retired nurse, lives on Whidbey island, off the coast of Washington, and her 2016 book Night Beyond Black, from MoonPath Press, has many accessible and moving poems. Here's just...

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'I extract each melodic tooth and sort them in octaves for rinsing'

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Just as I prefer to read good travel writing more than I like to travel, I look to poems to offer me experiences I'm quite likely never to have. Here's a poem by Rebecca Macijeski, a native New Englan...

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Write Out Loud Woking at the New Inn on Monday

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Write Out Loud Woking returns to the New Inn at Send, near Woking, for another night of free, open-mic poetry on Monday 21 August. Your compere is Greg Freeman. Sign up from 7.30pm for 8pm start.  Mor...

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Write Out Loud at Bolton Socialist Club tonight

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Write Out Loud Bolton is back at Bolton Socialist Club on Sunday 20 August at 7.30pm for 8pm start. Entry is £1 plus raffle for this open mic poetry event hosted by Jeffarama! and Gordon Zola. More de...

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Bobowler, cheeselog, dimpsy ... 12 poets to highlight forgotten dialect words

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Twelve poets have been commissioned to write poems using local dialect words from a shortlist drawn up by Oxford English Dictionary experts to help celebrate National Poetry Day.

The #freetheword p...

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Michael Symmons Roberts to judge £1,000 Plough poetry prize

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Michael Symmons Roberts will be judging the £1,000 Plough poetry prize and the £1,000 Ronald Duncan short poem competition. The deadline is 31 January 2018. More details

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Write Out Loud returns to Wednesday slot at Marsden library

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Write Out Loud Marsden returns to its traditional slot of Wednesday evening at Marsden library on 16 August - and the theme is money. You can read your own poems, someone else's or just listen. Ignore...

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Director launches plea for new trustees to keep poetry festival going

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South Downs poetry festival has launched an appeal for new trustees to take over and keep the festival running for a third year. In a message to supporters, the festival director, Tim Dawes, pictured,...

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Fiona Sampson to judge £1,000 Graves prize

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The £1,000 Robert Graves prize is a new poetry prize launched this year as a collaboration between Roehampton Poetry Centre and Wimbledon BookFest. The judges will be Fiona Sampson, professor of poetr...

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Thorn Kings: Clare Mulley, Battlefields Trust

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The 16 poems in this pamphlet collection are inspired by the four major battles in English history. Clare Mulley is a young Yorkshire-born poet, journalist and teacher, and poet in residence at the Ba...

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'Trysting in the tall grasses, resting fingers lightly in tousled hair'

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Here's a poem celebrating milkweed by Bradford Tice, whose most recent book of poetry is What the Night Numbered, from Trio House Press. Our Monarch butterfly population depends upon milkweed, and per...

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'For Antoinette' by David Cooke is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘For Antoinette’ by David Cooke. The poet is a Gregory award winner and has published several poetry collections. His latest, After Hours, published by Cultu...

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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 on Monday 14 August at Stockport art gallery to share and discuss their poems. Each month a collage poem is produced from the group’s contributions,...

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Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts tonight

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There’s another feast of open-mic poetry at Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts on Thursday 10 August. Entry is free, and it starts at 8.30pm. More details and Map

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Tour of three locals to launch village's poems in pubs project

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A journey that would gladden the heart of Dylan Thomas – and a few other poets besides – will take place in the West Yorkshire village of Marsden on Thursday 10 August. Poets will visit three pubs in ...

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Spoken word at Edinburgh Fringe, from Attila the Stockbroker to Carol Ann Duffy

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Edinburgh in August! The buzz of the Royal Mile, the flyers thrust at you every few seconds, the dilemma of which shows to go to, and how much you can cram in … Write Out Loud has produced its annual ...

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Story of lost war poet of Wales is screened on BBC2

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The story of a Welsh poet who won one of the main literary prizes at the national Eisteddfod but was killed in the first world war before he was able to claim it has been told on BBC2. Hedd Wyn’s succ...

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Deadline nears for £600 Buzzwords competition

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Adam Horovitz will be judging the £600 Buzzwords open poetry competition, organised by the regular poetry night in Cheltenham. The deadline is 26 August. More details

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'The white feathers she began to pluck fell all around us'

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Poets are experts at capturing those moments when one thing reminds us of another. Here snow reminds Catherine Stearns of something we can imagine took place years before. Stearns lives in Massachuset...

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'Incoming' by Jonathan Humble is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the week is ‘Incoming’ by Jonathan Humble, about a close encounter with a curlew. The poem appears in a recent anthology, Curlew Calling, which was put together to raise...

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Plan to curb 'huddled masses' turns spotlight on Statue of Liberty poem

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A row between a journalist and a White House adviser at a Washington press briefing – not much of a story there – has nevertheless turned the spotlight on the famous Statue of Liberty line, “Give me y...

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Water Chits: Denise Bennett, Indigo Dreams

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Denise Bennett is a prize-winning poet, editor and teacher who runs poetry workshops in the local community. She has previously published a pamphlet and and two full-length collections. With several p...

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Deadline nears for Poetry Book Fair's £500 competition

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Daljit Nagra will be judging the Poetry Book Fair’s £500 poetry competition on the theme of hope, alongside book fair organisers Joey Connolly and Chrissy Williams. They’re looking for a short poem (1...

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Michael Gove quotes Larkin's lament for England in speech on environment

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Jeremy Corbyn isn’t the only leading politician with a penchant for poetry. The environment secretary, Michael Gove, has quoted Philip Larkin at length in a recent speech, while at the same time confe...

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Born, living, or working in Sussex? You can enter the £1,000 Brighton & Hove poetry competition

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If you were born in, or are resident, working or studying in Sussex, you’re eligible to enter the Brighton and Hove arts council’s £1,000 poetry competition. The deadline is 15 October, and prizes wil...

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