StAnza Reveals Headline Names for 2019 Festival

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StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, has unveiled some of the headline acts which will make up another impressive programme for 2019. In keeping with its reputation of being a truly international affair, next year’s programme will not disappoint, featuring poets from all over the world who will travel to join many more from Scotland and the rest of the UK. The annual festival will tak...

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Poetry Festivals

‘The Legacy’ by Jennifer Malden is our Poem of the Week

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This week, our Poem of the Week comes from Jennifer Malden, who is awarded this recognition for the second time for her piece 'The Legacy'. Jennifer found time to answer our Q&A before returning to her idyllic life in Sardinia. Why wouldn't she want to live there – it's inspiring her poetry, and she...

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Poem of the week

Prose, Poem, or Prose-Poem? Does it Matter?

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One area of contemporary poetry that interests me is a blending of familiar categories, especially what’s usually defined as prose and what’s usually defined as a poem. Each of the terms suggest a set...

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Poetry Reflections

Marsden Poetry Jam at the Railway Inn

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THE drive over to Marsden from my home in Stockport can be glorious but this year it was a louring, drenching trip ending in a flooded car park and a soggy walk to the Railway Inn for this year’s poet...

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Poetry Jams

Ghosting for Beginners: Anna Saunders, Indigo Dreams

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Anna Saunders’s Ghosting for Beginners is a rich procession of phantoms and monsters. An undercurrent of anxiety for the material world grounds the collection: these spirits are anything but fey; thes...

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Review

On the Wing: Ros Woolner, Offa's Press

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Ros Woolner lives in Wolverhampton with her partner and two teenage children. Her poem ‘Sack of Night’ came second in the inaugural Wolverhampton literature festival competition. She works as a transl...

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Review

Festival Set To Light Up Bolton This Autumn

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Communities across Bolton will help make the town shine when the inaugural Bolton Light Festival begins later this month.  The festival is a new event for the town and has been developed from the lant...

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Festival news

"We Should Do This!": A Journey into Poetry

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A huge welcome to Write Out Loud’s newest contributor, Kyle McCall Wilson:

Hello, my name is Kyle and I write under the name Munkyle The Poetry Machine, I also supposedly make music under the name ...

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Poetry Stories

The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Light - O’ - Love’ by Katlego Maake Jr

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This week, our choice is a poem by Katlego Maake Jr, whose poem Light - O' - Love is reproduced below. We're still waiting for Katlego's responses to our traditional Q&A which is such an integral part...

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Poem of the week

The Lyricism of Shattered Phones

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It was a world first for Winchester Poetry festival - the first time Irish poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa has performed in England, even visited, in fact, and the first time she'd read from her second Engli...

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Poetry review

Language on the Side of Freedom

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Language is of course the point when it comes to a poetry festival, not stars or trends but what writers on the stage are doing with words. In a time when the deep impact of colonialism and empire is ...

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Poetry Reflections

Punching Cork Stoppers: Neil Leadbeater, Original Plus

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The poems in this chapbook by Neil Leadbeater represent a love letter to Lisbon, to Portugal, and to its cork groves in particular. In the capital the poet hears fado music, a form of song characteris...

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Review

The Other Guernica: Derek Sellen, Cultured Llama

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Readers who are unfamiliar with Spanish art might be expected to find 65 poems on the topic something of a challenge. Yet such is Derek Sellen’s passion for his subject and so varied are his approache...

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Review

Hollie McNish: Plums, Mums and Football Coaching

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Plum.    **** (Four stars)

Hollie McNish.  Winchester Poetry Festival, October 2018

Hollie McNish was the perfect headline finish to a hugely successful 2018 Winchester Poetry Festival.  Her hon...

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Editor's InterviewsEditor's Review

So Many Highlights at the Winchester Poetry Festival

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The third Winchester Poetry Festival drew to a close yesterday with founding trustee and Festival Chair Stephen Boyce thanking and paying tribute in suitable fashion to the staff and volunteers who ma...

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Editor's Review

Poetry & The Great War, a series: 3 The Battle of the Somme

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After nearly two years of intense conflict a battle took place in the Valley of the Somme between the British Army and the German Imperial Army. It had been long in the planning stage and at the behes...

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War Poets

Free Verse: The Poetry Book and Magazine Fair

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I recently attended Free Verse: The Poetry Book and Magazine Fair. This was held at Senate House, London, on the 22nd September and managed by the Poetry Society. An annual event, Free Verse presents ...

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Poetry Fairs

Swiftscape: Frances White, Seventh Quarry Press

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Frances White is a member of a poetry group that was formed by the late Aeronwy Thomas, daughter of Dylan Thomas. She grew up near London and has strong family ties in south Wales. The venues she has ...

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Review

The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Missing Soul’ by Joanna Halliday

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As Autumn kicks into gear we welcome a new face: Joanna Halliday, whose piece 'Missing Soul' becomes the latest Poem of the Week. As always, you'll find the poem in this article if you missed it when ...

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Poem of the week

Laura Taylor calling - you'd better be listening

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Laura Taylor is a force of nature, worth abandoning a quiet life of retirement and taking the train to that London to hear. That London? Yes, Laura is a popular performance poet at festivals and clubs...

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Review

Poetry Competition Supports Young Persons Charity

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5 Aspects of ME are a charitable organisation, based in Lancashire, that supports children and young people aged 7 to 16 years. The 'M' stands for Mentoring and the 'E' stands for Education - the two ...

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Poetry Competitions

Matt Abbott: Two Little Ducks

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In June 2016, Matt Abbott’s hometown of Wakefield voted 66% Leave. Either side of referendum day, he was volunteering at a Calais Jungle refugee camp just 22 miles from Dover. Now this rising star of ...

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Poetry Tours

Poetry Jam at the Marsden Jazz Festival

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The famous, incredibly popular Marsden poetry jam at the Marsden jazz festival is on Sunday 14th October, a weekend when this Pennine village has music everywhere: its Mechanics Institute, its famous ...

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Poetry Events

This is Just to Say: John Woodall, Offa's Press

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The title of this pamphlet collection is a nod to the well-known poem by William Carlos Williams which goes under the same name. Woodall’s poem, which echoes several of the lines found in the one by W...

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Review

Young Poets Name Sylvia Plath Top Poet of All Time

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A survey of young poets by The Poetry Society released for National Poetry Day reveals their Top 3 Poets as Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou and William Shakespeare.

A survey* of young writers aged 11-17...

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Young People and poetry

12-year-old Ide Crawford named St Pancras International's 2018 poet laureate

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Today, St Pancras International announced 12-year-old Ide Crawford as the winner of the 12th Betjeman Poetry Prize. After beating thousands of entrants with her poem, 'The Moors', the prestigious win ...

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Poetry Winners

Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2018 Winners Announced

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The Poetry Society has announced today the top 15 winners and 85 commended poets of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 at a prize-giving ceremony at the Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall...

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Poetry Competitions

Roy McFarlane launches collection in Black History Month

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Birmingham’s former poet laureate Roy McFarlane launched his second collection on Thursday – National Poetry Day – at the Birmingham literature festivalThe Healing Next Time, which has been publishe...

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News

‘Peace, love and understanding have left the building’ is our Poem of the Week

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The latest in our ever-lengthening line of Poem of the Week comes from Jon Stainsby. His piece Peace, love and understanding have left the building is reproduced below for you to enjoy, along with his...

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Poem of the week

Mapping: Mark Totterdell, Indigo Dreams

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One of the pleasurable tasks I was invited to undertake at my secondary school – one of the few, to be honest – was to devise an Ordnance Survey map from my own imagination, complete with all the nece...

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Review

Creativity, Career & Capitalism: Jade Cuttle talks to Sarah Fletcher

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Sarah Fletcher is an American-British poet currently living in London who I first met through the incredible Foyle Young Poet of the Year Competition, currently celebrating its twenty year anniversary...

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Poet Profiles

Write Out Loud Helps You Join the Celebration - Somewhere!

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There’s poets, this Thursday, in Caerphilly library,

Get Cabaret in Glasgow or Comfy in Coventry.

From the Cafe's in London to Speakeasy Carlisle

Too far?  Well click here, then consider a wh...

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National Poetry Day

Her 100 Cerdd: Four Poets, 24 Hours, 100 Poems

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Literature Wales is pleased to announce the return of Her 100 Cerdd as part of its National Poetry Day celebrations.

Now in its sixth year, the Her 100 Cerdd is a challenge for a team of four Welsh...

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National Poetry Day

Poetry & The Great War, a series: 2 The Outbreak of War

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As Britan went to war in 1914 it did so at the height of its imperial power with the largest navy the world had ever seen. As a nation we were considered invincible with London at the hub of the world...

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War Poets

Spotlight: Writers in the Bath

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Emma Purshouse chats to Cora Greenhill to get the low down on ‘Writers in the Bath.’

EP:-    So how long has Writers in the Bath been running?

CG:-    Writers in The Bath has been running for 4 ...

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Open Mic Spotlight

New Writing: The Quirks and Quiddities

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As with previous books in this series, the Manchester Anthology VI includes a selection of new voices from The University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. Poetry, novel extracts and short stori...

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New Poetry Voices

Laura Taylor - Fault Lines

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One of the UK’s most incisive performance poets is on a whistle-stop tour of London in October to promote her second collection ‘Fault Lines’

‘Fault Lines’ is a “poetic battle cry. I’d like my teen...

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Poetry Tours

These are the Moments that Poetry Brings

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As some of you may know, I run a monthly open mic poetry night in Warwickshire.  For many of us, the organisation of such an event is a labour of love taken on not for financial gain but for the joy o...

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Editorial

Creative Writing for Carers in Manchester

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New arts for health programmes and initiatives are taking place at The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery with the aim of making art and creative writing more accessible to carers or tho...

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Physical & Mental Health

‘Second Chances’ by Jane Briganti is Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week

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As a result of close-minded teachers, Jane Briganti tells us, art took a back seat in her life for many years. I'm sure many of us can relate to that, and part of Write Out Loud's rationale is to prov...

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