Robert Garnham and Annum Salman are Write Out Loud guest poets at Woking literary festival

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Guest poets Robert Garnham and Annum Salman will be performing along with a great number of open-mic poets over five hours at Poetry Day on Saturday 27 April at Woking literary festival. This is the third year that Write Loud Woking comperes Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood have been organising the poetry event in the cafe at the LIghtbox museum and art gallery in Woking.   

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'The Queen takes a big interest ... we have a lovely day at Windsor castle'

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A poet laureate is rarely out of the news. Write Out Loud looks back at some highlights from Carol Ann Duffy’s tenure:

 

2011: The poet laureate responded to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton with a poem called ‘Rings’ that did not mention the couple at all. ‘Rings’ appear...

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Carol Ann Duffy leads reading of poems about loss of insects in last act as poet laureate

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The retiring poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, who steps down after her 10 year-tenure at the end of this month, will be leading a special reading of poems about insects in her last act as laureate.

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Difficult Women: Nicola Jackson, Indigo Dreams

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The absorbing poetry of Nicola Jackson in this collection, which jointly won the 2017 Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize, grips the reader’s attention with its strong commitment to the feminist cause and th...

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Review

'Even then they looked alive, survivors with no sickness to survive'

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There's a lot of very wordy poetry these days, but here is a poem of only around 120 words in which every choice is necessary. I recently accepted another poem by Caitlin Doyle, who lives in Ohio, and...

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American Life in Poetry

New date for Peter Riley's guest spot at Puzzle Poets

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Peter Riley is the guest poet at the next Puzzle Poets at the Navigation Inn at Sowerby Bridge, which has been switched from Monday 6 May to Wednesday 8 May this month. He has written 15 books of poet...

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Northern Slamhouse kicks off Words in the City weekend in Leeds

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Ilkley literature festival’s Words in the City weekend in Leeds kicks off on Thursday 25 April with the Northern Slamhouse competition, when eight poets battle it out for a £200 cash prize and the tit...

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is 'Poetry Understands' by Vautaw

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This week's Poem of the Week is 'Poetry Understands' by Vautaw, a deceptively simple rhyming piece that praises poetry for its ability to understand our 'broken hearts', our 'rainy days' and 'lonely n...

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Amoretti: Paul AW Sutherland, Dempsey & Windle

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It was the title that drew me: Amoretti, the name of a sequence of sonnets written by Edmund Spenser to the woman who would become his second wife. It was published, like so many other sonnet sequence...

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Blank notebook pages and first-line nerves

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A sort of mea culpa to start with on this ridiculously lovely Easter Sunday. I’m pretty sure I promised you a guest poet today, and I have her poems and her back-stories all lined up. But the fact is ...

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Write Out Loud at Bolton Socialist Club tonight

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There’s open mic poetry at Bolton Socialist Club on Sunday 21 April with Bolton Write Out Loud. Your hosts are Jeffarama! and Gordon Zola. Entry is £1 plus £1 raffle. Time: 7.30 for 8pm start. More de...

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Chris Armstrong's poems about love, loss and Wales

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This week sees the publication of Mostly Welsh, a collection of poems by Write Out Loud regular Chris Armstrong. The collection blends the historic with mythological and personal themes and deals with...

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Publication news

'A racquet whisked through the air like a wand'

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There's nothing that can't be a good subject for a poem. The hard part is to capture something in such a way that it becomes engaging and meaningful. Here's a poem from the summer 2018 issue of Rattle...

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American Life in Poetry

Luke Wright named in three categories in Saboteur awards shortlists

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Leading spoken word performer Luke Wright has made the Saboteur awards shortlists in three categories, it has been announced after the first round of voting. Luke is shortlisted for best spoken word p...

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Solitary Reflections: poetry plus short stories by Keith Jeffries

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Welcome to a new item on the Write Out Loud home page that is aimed at celebrating regular users of this site who have made it into print.  It reflects the fact that we can’t undertake to review the w...

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Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside tonight

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Maz Hedgehog and Joe Williams are the guest poets at Write Out Loud Sale on Tuesday 16 April at the Waterside arts centre, Sale.  Entry is £3 to this open mic event, which starts at 7pm. More details ...

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The Poem of the Week is 'Texas Tornadoes and the Power of Prayer' by Randy Horton

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Our Poem of the Week this time round is 'Texas Tornadoes and the Power of Prayer' by Randy Horton, a tale of small town apocalypse that beguiles us with its use of language and narrative. Randy forego...

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Poetry workshops: asking for advice about your poems

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Just to be clear; in this context, it’s not one where you write new work from prompts or whatever. I mean workshops where you take a poem that’s unfinished or unsatisfying in some way, in the hope tha...

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The Great Fogginzo's Wider Web

Musicians and poets combine in Kent

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A day of poetry and music is lined up in the grounds of Frensham Manor in Kent on Saturday 4 May. Words and Music at the Skep will include poets Stephanie Burt, Jack Underwood, Nancy Gaffield, Pete Gr...

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Literary centre's festival builds on Tyneside poetry traditions

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Newcastle University’s Centre for the Literary Arts will be staging Newcastle poetry festival from 1-4 May, with a line-up that includes TS Eliot prize winner Hannah Sullivan, Forward best first colle...

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Poems wanted for new Leonard Cohen anthology

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Hull’s Wrecking Ball Press is inviting submissions of poetry and prose inspired by the life and work of poet, novelist and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who died in 2016. On their website the publi...

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Submissions

I Meet Myself Returning: John Darwin, Flapjack Press

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I first met and heard John Darwin at a Write Out Loud night in Hebden Bridge in 2010, and knew at once that he was an accomplished and interesting poet. Since then he has been the organiser at Write O...

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Poetry, place and identity: Elisabeth Sennitt Clough

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Some politicians are inescapably linked to things they said, often without thinking, or because they were poorly advised. Or plain stupid. JFK could never shake off the ‘ich bin ein Berliner’ thing, h...

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The Great Fogginzo's Wider Web

Today's my turn to hold the joy, hers the sorrow

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I like this poem for the way it portrays the manner in which we study the behaviour of others and project our own experiences onto their lives. It's the second poem we've published by Jeanie Greensfel...

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American Life in Poetry

Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts tonight

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Write Out Loud Wigan returns to the Old Courts in Wigan on Thursday 11 April for another night of free, open-mic poetry, organised by Ian Whiteley. It starts at 7.30pm in the Bailiff Bar at the Old Co...

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is 'Once Upon a Time' by Laura Taylor

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This weeks Poem of the Week is 'Once Upon a Time' by Laura Taylor, a piece written for NaPoWriMo from the prompt 'write something that involves a story or action that unfolds over an appreciable lengt...

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Thank u very much for this Wirral poetry festival line-up

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Performances by Liverpool poet Roger McGough and readings from a book conceived by his former colleague in The Scaffold pop group, John Gorman, are among the highlights of Wirral poetry festival from ...

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'We ran down the aisles between snapping sheets that wanted to put us in our place'

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Ezra Pound commanded America's poets to "make it new". And here's a good example. Has there ever been another poem written, and written beautifully, about children playing among laundry drying on a li...

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American Life in Poetry

Poems at an exhibition: Stockport Write Loud members in event at art gallery

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Members of Stockport Write Out Loud will be taking part in a collaborative event of piano music and poetry readings at Stockport art gallery on Saturday 13 April, inspired by an exhibition that was co...

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is 'Lie With Poetry' by Becky Who

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This week's Poem of the Week is 'Lie With Poetry' by Becky Who, a beautiful ode to poetry and all it does for us. Beginning with the line 'If I could lie with poetry as if beside a lover' this wonder ...

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Best spoken word performer, best spoken word night? Voting deadline nears in first round of Saboteur awards

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The deadline is 5 April in the first round of voting for the 2019 Saboteur awards, organised by Sabotage Reviews, which gives you a chance to vote in such categories as best spoken word performer, poe...

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