Write Out Loud Stockport's open mic away day - in Marple

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I love chaos theory: a writer flaps her pen in Stockport and a pub hosts an open mic night in nearby Marple. You might suspect that I’m being a tad specific here, so let me explain: in the summer of 2016, six artists held an exhibition at Stockport art gallery celebrating 50 years of friendship and paint. They asked Stockport Write Out Loud members to work with them. We hosted a couple of successf...

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London's Poetry Book Fair on Saturday

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Free Verse, organisers of the Poetry Book Fair in London, have unveiled their programme for this year’s fair - described as “an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more” – on Saturday 30 September.

Big and small-scale publishers, experimenta...

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Sinéad Morrissey wins £10,000 Forward prize

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Sinéad Morrissey has won the 2017 Forward prize worth £10,000 with her collection On Balance. The chair of the Forward judges, TV presenter and journalist Andrew Marr, described her poems as “beautifu...

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Hold on to your hat, Sir John! It's National Poetry Day

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Poets reading around the statue of Sir John Betjeman at St Pancras station in London, others accosting bus passengers in Wakefield, a big BBC poetry festival getting under way in Hull, poster poems un...

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Sign up for a poetry slam on the Isle of Man

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Roll up, roll up for a literary festival’s open mic poetry slam this week – the only snag is that it is on the Isle of Man. But if you happen to be in the vicinity, the venue is Noa Bakehouse, in Fort...

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Poetry and spoken word take centre stage at this year's Wakefield Lit Fest

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Linton Kwesi Johnson, John Hegley, and Kate Fox are three big poetry names that will be at Wakefield Lit Fest  - otherwise known this year as Talking Loud and Saying Summat!

There is a much greater...

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We're sorry about the access problems on Friday

We’re sorry that many regular users of Write Out Loud experienced frustrating difficulties in accessing this website on Friday 22 September. It was frustrating for us, too! We hope all the technical p...

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Milestones poetry competition anthology: order early to get a discount!

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Following on from the success of this summer’s Milestones poetry competition, judged by legendary Liverpool poet Brian Patten, Write Out Loud are busy compiling an anthology which will showcase the be...

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Chair of Forward prize judges lists leading London poetry venues

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The chair of the Forward prize judges, TV and radio presenter Andrew Marr, has mentioned some of London’s leading poetry venues in an article for the London Evening Standard  – even if his geography i...

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Is it still fun at the fair? Write Out Loud at Marsden library tonight

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The theme at Marsden Write Out Loud on Wednesday 20 September is “childhood”. Do you feel like you're still on the carousel? Does the candyfloss still taste the same? At Marsden library you’re free to...

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Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside tonight

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Char March and Jane Kite are the guest poets at Write Out Loud Sale on Tuesday 19 September at the Waterside arts centre, Sale. Entry is £3/£2 to this open mic poetry event, which begins at 7.30pm. Mo...

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Write Out Loud Woking at the New Inn tonight

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It’s free, open mic poetry at the New Inn at Send near Woking on Monday 18 September when Write Out Loud Woking returns with comperes Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood. Beginners and debutants always very ...

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Return of poetry sleuth: Ira Lightman reveals plagiarism by Canadian poet

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Ira Lightman, famed for tracking down poetry plagiarism, has lifted the lid on another high-profile case.  In a long article in the Guardian’s weekend magazine about Lightman, pictured, and the contro...

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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 September for open mic poetry with hosts Jeffarama! and Gordon Zola. Entry is £1 plus raffle, 7.30pm for 8pm start. More det...

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Kitty Coles and Rodney Wood to launch collections tonight

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Kitty Coles will be launching her pamphlet collection Seal Wife at the Poetry Cafe in London on Saturday 16 September. She was one of two winners of the 2016 Indigo Dreams pamphlet prize. Kitty is a r...

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John Baylis Post's 'Track' wins Write Out Loud's Milestones competition

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The £500 Milestones competition run by Write Out Loud on behalf of the Milestone Society has been won by John Baylis Post with his poem ‘Track’. The winning poem was described thus by the competition ...

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Find out more about the Milestones winners - and their poems

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Milestones poetry competition winner John Baylis Post’s poems have been published in Ireland, England, France, and Italy, and he was judged Canterbury Poet of the Year 2014.  He now helps to run Hungr...

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Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts tonight

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Roll up, roll up for another night of mind-expanding, free-ranging open mic poetry at Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts in Wigan on Thursday 14 September. There’s no entry fee, and it starts at 8...

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Leading American poet John Ashbery dies aged 90

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The American poet John Ashbery has died at the age of 90. His husband, David Kermani, said the poet died early on Sunday at home in Hudson, New York, of natural causes.

His 1975 collection Self-Por...

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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 to share poems on Monday 11 September at Stockport art gallery. Every month a collage poem is produced from members' contributions and you can read ...

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Tony Walsh to perform 'This is The Place' at reopening of Manchester Arena

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Tony Walsh, whose poem 'This is The Place' rallied the city of Manchester and won worldwide admiration in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bomb attack in May, will be taking part in a special ben...

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Poet to launch collection inspired by testimonies of atomic bomb survivors

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A poetry collection which has at its heart poems inspired by the testimonies of Japan’s dwindling band of atomic bomb survivors is being launched in Coventry. Antony Owen was born in blitz-hit Coventr...

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