Tributes paid to innovative poet, artist and campaigner Leanne Bridgewater

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Tributes have been paid to innovative poet, artist and animal rights campaigner Leanne Bridgewater, whose recent death at the age of 29 has shocked and saddened the many people who knew her in the poetry world. Manchester poet Steph Pike said of her: “Her poetry was unique - witty, inventive, intelligent, abstract and with imaginative leaps that most of us can only dream of.”  A fellow poet from C...

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Poets pay tribute to Frances White at reading

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A London poet with strong family ties in south Wales has died of Motor Neurone Disease at the age of 68. Frances White, an English teacher and teacher of the deaf, published her debut collection, Swiftscape, in 2016. She was a founder member of Words poetry group, formed by the late Aeronwy Thomas, ...

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Jazzman John Clarke, Beat poet

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A legendary and much-loved name on the London poetry scene and beyond, John Robert Clarke – aka Jazzman John Clarke – has died. Styling himself as a Beat poet in the tradition of Ginsberg and Kerouac,...

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Harry O'Neill, staunch member and supporter of Write Out Loud, dies aged 89

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The online community at Write Out Loud was saddened on Sunday to hear of the death of one of its staunchest and enthusiastic supporters, Harry O’Neill.

Harry’s family posted on Write Out Loud: “It ...

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'Poem a day' West Midlands poet Win Saha dies aged 94

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The West Midlands poet Win Saha, who was featured in an interview on Write Out Loud last year, has died at the age of 94. Win, a prolific writer and stalwart of the local poetry scene, wrote a poem ev...

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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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Elizabeth Burns, a poet of the everyday and the transcendent

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Elizabeth Burns, who has died after a long illness, was considered by many to be one of the finest of contemporary poets. Born in 1957, she was better known and appreciated in Scotland  where she grew...

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Glenys Feeney: north-west poet and compere 'with sparkling wit'

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A poetry organiser in the north-west has paid tribute to “a dear friend” with a “big heart and sparkling wit” after the death of poet and compere Glenys Feeney, pictured on the right.

Christopher C...

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Death of north-west poet Janet Ramsden

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A long-standing, active member of the north-west poetry scene, Janet Ramsden, has died after a brief illness, members of Write Out Loud will be saddened to hear.

Janet died on 27 November in a ...

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Death of north-west poet John Clays

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John Clays, a stalwart of Wigan and Write Out Loud, passed away recently. A much-loved character of the Wigan and Bolton events over the years, John often had a smile and a sestina to share. I firs...

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