Quiet few weeks in Parliament? Why not stage some more poetry events there?

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If Parliament looks like being quiet for a few weeks, maybe another poetry event like this could be staged there? A group of poets from Batley, West Yorkshire, recently headed down to London to recite their poetry in the Palace of Westminster. They were joined by multi-award winning poet and Radio 4 presenter Daljit Nagra for a poetry session organised by Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin.

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Write Out Loud Woking at the Lightbox tonight

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Regular open micer Pete Jardine is the featured poet at Write Out Loud Woking at the Lightbox art gallery and museum, Woking, on Thursday 29 August. Sign up for an open slot from 7.30pm. It starts at 8pm. Your hosts are Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood. Entry is free, but a donation to the Lightbox is r...

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Events

Anna Kisby's 'Holy Cow' wins Marsden the Poetry Village competition

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Devon-based poet and archivist Anna Kisby has won the 2019 Marsden the Poetry Village competiton with her poem, ‘Holy Cow’. Competition judge and renowned poet Patience Agbabi said of it:  “Every time...

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Competitions

Exhibition celebrating UK poetry landmark at Poetry Foundation in Chicago

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An exhibition celebrating Morden Tower, a mediaeval turret on Newcastle’s city walls that became a poetry landmark when poet Tom Pickard and his wife Connie launched poetry readings there in the 1960s...

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'My face remained nearly dry, as was the gas tank when he finally returned'

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I once wrote of Marge Saiser's poetry that she writes better poems about love than anyone I know. In this poem the love is standing off to the side, looking on, but it's there. Marge Saiser lives in N...

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American Life in Poetry

'The grass, the empty sky, the wish for water'

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Let's hope that by the time this column appears all fires in California have been extinguished. I wanted to offer you a poem that shows us what that beautiful but arid state can look like before it's ...

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American Life in Poetry

Notes toward a review of Peter Riley's Collected Poems, vols 1 & 2, Shearsman

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Weighing in at around 1,200 pages, this is a lifetime’s work, from long poems to short lyrics, from sequential poems of place, to poems documenting Peter Riley’s interest in the historical and pre-his...

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'I listened to the sound of southern women's voices expressing disbelief'

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There are so many delightful poems by Faith Shearin that it can be difficult to select just one to show you. This one is from her sixth book, Darwin's Daughter, published in 2017 by Stephen F. Austin ...

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American Life in Poetry

End of August deadline for Ireland's €1,000 Westport poetry competition

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There’s a first prize of €1,000 for the winner of this year’s Westport poetry competition, part of Westival music and arts festival in Ireland. The entry fee is €15 for up to three poems, and the dead...

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Competitions

Poems and songs about Lancashire's Cotton Famine at Quarry Bank

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An afternoon of poetry and song titled Cotton Lords, about the Lancashire Cotton Famine, will be held on Monday 19 August at Quarry Bank Mill in Styal, Cheshire, one of the best preserved textile mill...

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'Dear Dylan' ... call for letters to and poems that celebrate Dylan Thomas

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Fancy writing a letter to Dylan Thomas, as if he were alive today? A letter that might have been delivered to his home at The Boathouse in Laugharne? Poetry editor Anna Saunders and publisher Indigo D...

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Confessions of a tripe addict

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Lately I’ve been bingeing on Netflix and catch-up and box sets. The Killing, The Bridge, Borgen, Spiral, True Detective, The Wire, House of Cards (the American one); I’ve been reading comfort blanket ...

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The Great Fogginzo's Wider Web

Lights, camera, action: poets celebrate city's film heritage in anthology

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A poetry anthology celebrating the 10th birthday of Bradford Unesco City of Film will be launched on Friday 16 August at Bradford City Library. Reel Bradford includes poems by Mike Farren, Joanna Sedg...

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Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery on Monday

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Members of Stockport Write Out Loud will be meeting to share poems at Stockport art gallery on Monday 12 August. Each month members contribute to a collage poem, and you can read July’s here. Entry is...

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Events

In Her Shambles: Elizabeth Parker, Seren

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Elizabeth Parker grew up in the Forest of Dean, and currently lives on the harbour in Bristol. She has a BA in English literature and creative writing, and an MA in mythology. She has published a poet...

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Write Out Loud Wigan at the Old Courts tonight

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It’s open-mic poetry at the Old Courts, Wigan on Thursday August 8. Doors open at the free Write Out Loud night at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. More details and Map

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New laureate Simon Armitage at Edinburgh book festival

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Poet laureates new and former - Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy - line up with Jackie Kay, Roger McGough, Lemn Sissay and Benjamin Zephaniah as some of the big poetry names appearing at this year’s...

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Let's hear it as spoken word reclaims the stage: poet launches book on its rebirth

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Spoken word is no longer “underground” or “emerging” … if you look at the sweep of history and poetry’s oral tradition , it’s page/written poetry that is the aberration … Kate Tempest draws a bigger a...

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Review

Remembering Peterloo: reading by Manchester poets and Shelley recitals to mark 200th anniversary

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Manchester poets will be reading poems on the theme of Peterloo at Manchester Central Library on Tuesday 6 August at 6-7.30pm – one of a number of poetry events to mark the historic moment’s 200th ann...

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Poetry that really matters: Ann Gray (part two)

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Tell me a story, Pew.

What story, child?

One that begins again.

That’s the story of life.

But is it the story of my life?

Only if you tell it.

 

I was a bit late starting to write...

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The Great Fogginzo's Wider Web

Time to take a break for Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week is taking a break for the summer. After more than three successful years that have revealed the breadth and depth of poetic talent on this poetry website on numerous ...

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Anonymous backer rescues 'final' Torbay poetry festival after it loses Arts Council funding

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An anonymous backer has come to the rescue of Torbay poetry festival – and allowed it to stage one more festival this year after losing its Arts Council funding.  Its festival organisers say on its we...

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Lichfield cathedral launches poetry competition to mark moon anniversary

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Lichfield cathedral has launched its first poetry competition and is inviting people to submit new poems inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing as part of a new festival of creativity th...

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Competitions

'We all lose something, though that day I hadn't lost a thing'

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Lately I've been worried about the welfare of a young groundhog who lives under our front deck. His back legs won't support him and he drags them behind. This poem has been a good lesson for me. That ...

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American Life in Poetry

Lunar: Keisha Thompson, Cultureword

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Keisha Thompson is known as a poet with a charismatic performance profile and an intellectual passion for maths. Her show Man on the Moon has won the Manchester Theatre award for best studio productio...

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Review

Tributes paid to performance poet, musician, and historian Dave Reeves

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Poets, publishers and arts organisations have paid tribute to West Midlands performance poet and musician, historian and poetry activist Dave Reeves, who has died at the age of 65.

Dave Reeves was ...

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