Plea to publishers to help place books in pubs

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Here’s something to raise a glass to – a village in West Yorkshire is aiming to put itself on the poetry map by declaring itself a literary destination: Marsden the Poetry Village. Its first project is Poetry Pubs – quite simply, putting poetry books in pubs for visitors to enjoy while having a drink.

One of the organisers, poet and artist David Coldwell said: “The idea is very simple: we aim t...

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Northern grit: tribute tonight for a dialect poet

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A dialect poet whose poems record working-class life in northern mill towns in the 19th century will be celebrated at a special night at Marsden library, near Huddersfield.

The evening on Tuesday, 17 January, at the library in Peel Street, Marsden, will celebrate Samuel Laycock’s birthday – and t...

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'Pardon me, boy, is that a poem in your pocket?' Singing sisters help poetry jam go with a swing

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The annual Write Out Loud poetry jam at Marsden? That’s just another open mic, isn’t it? Well, no, actually. This is the fifth consecutive year I’ve attended the yearly shindig on the Sunday morning o...

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Seeing stars on a Sunday morning in Marsden at Write Out Loud's poetry jam

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It must be something in the air of Marsden. It’s a funny time of day to hold a poetry open mic – at 11 on a Sunday morning – but it works. The sixth Write Out Loud poetry jam, compered by Write Out Lo...

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Flowers by the Road: David Coldwell, Templar

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David Coldwell resides in the West Yorkshire Pennines, and at the heart of this pamphlet is an elemental, almost mystical relationship with landscape. The lines in the poems are long and conversationa...

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Huddersfield Poets Still at Albert

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In the continuing saga, the Albert Poets are now back at the Albert Hotel (next to Huddersfield Library).

The readers for Thursday 9th April 2009, 8:00 are:

 

Mike Barlow

Winner of The Nat...

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The death of Sophie Lancaster: elegy by Simon Armitage shortlisted for award

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A drama-documentary by Simon Armitage - Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, an elegy to a student who died after being attacked in Stubbeylee Park, Bacup, Lancashire - has been shortlisted f...

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Simon Armitage heading west on new poetry trek

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Simon Armitage is embarking on a second walk as a “modern-day troubadour”, in which he offers poetry as payment for his bed and board, as he journeys on foot along the north coast of the South West co...

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Local poet Simon Armitage to read at Marsden library

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Local lad and Oxford professor of poetry Simon Armitage will be reading at Marsden library on Friday 4 November as part of the library’s Local Writers Reading series. Friends of Marsden Library, forme...

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Simon Armitage, Marsden rock star

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Simon Armitage's poems hand carved into Pennine rocks form the outcome of Ilkley Literature Festival’s Stanza Stones poetry project, which launched in style in the Pennine watershed town of Marsden - ...

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Drama and poetry, Black Roses, leaves on the line: Mr Armitage goes to Washington

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Simon Armitage is famously from Marsden, as is Write Out Loud. I walked past his dad the other day, during my morning constitutional; and here I was attending his and Peter Oswald’s reading at the Fol...

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'Giving something back to the landscape, whether it wanted it or not' - Simon Armitage on the Stanza Stones

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Originally the plan was for one, enormous Stanza Stone  - a kind of “poetic Mount Rushmore, that you could see from the moon” – but there wasn’t the budget for it, Simon Armitage told the audience at ...

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Simon Armitage wins Oxford professor of poetry election

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Simon Armitage has won the contest to become the next Oxford professor of poetry, a post second only in prestige to that of poet laureate. Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate, was said by the Guardian ...

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Spoken word star Matt Abbott is guest poet at Write Out Loud Marsden tonight

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Write Out Loud Marsden are starting 2017 with a bang, with leading spoken word artist Matt Abbott lined up as guest poet at Marsden library on Wednesday 18 January. Matt runs the spoken word label Nym...

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Poet in residence Simon Armitage renews links with sculpture park

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Simon Armitage will be poet in residence during 2017 at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a place that has particular poetic memories for him. The park at West Bretton, near Wakefield, celebrates its 40th...

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'Why Marsden is important to me': poet tells of inspirational backdrop

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Poet and painter David Coldwell is launching his debut poetry collection, Flowers by the Road, on Wednesday 8 February at Marsden library. In an interview with Write Out Loud David, a regular reader a...

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'We need to talk about Robert': how Simon Armitage sees Dylan's Nobel prize

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The Oxford professor poetry, Simon Armitage, will be giving his thoughts on Bob Dylan’s Nobel prize for literature in a lecture next month. Armitage lectures once a term during the four years of his t...

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Perchance to dream? Write Out Loud at Marsden library tonight

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Don’t drop off … but the theme for February’s Write Out Loud Marsden, on Wednesday 15 February, is Sleep. Entry is a £2 donation to this open-floor poetry event, hosted by Rosie Wilkinson, at Marsden ...

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The pleasure principle at Write Out Loud Marsden tonight

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Lenten abstinence may be the order of the day for some but on Wednesday 15 March Write Out Loud Marsden is inviting poets to share poems on the theme of “debauchery, bad habits and guilty pleasures”. ...

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Write Out Loud at Marsden library tonight

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Write Out Loud Marsden is moving from its usual Wednesday slot to Tuesday, starting from this month. April’s Write Out Loud Marsden will be on Tuesday 18 April, at Marsden library at 7.30pm, entry £2....

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Laycock, Armitage, Write Out Loud: walkers to launch Marsden poetry trail

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Walkers are being invited to come along on Monday 24 April at 9am to help launch a poetry trail in the Pennine village of Marsden in West Yorkshire. The 9.5-mile walk will start at the stone, pictured...

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Packing 'em in at Write Out Loud in Marsden tonight

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“All creatures …” is the theme for Marsden Write Out Loud in the Meeting Room at Marsden Mechanics Hall on Tuesday 16 May. Come and join in at this open-floor event, whether to read your own poems, so...

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It's a rap! Write Out Loud's theme is movies tonight at Marsden library

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Write Out Loud Marsden is switching nights again – and this month it will be held on Thursday 15 June at Marsden library, in Marsden Mechanics Hall. The theme is “motion pictures”, inspired by the fac...

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