Middle of the road poetry? Walking poet Lucy Furlong gets down to the grassroots

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An eco-poet has found a new path to creativity – by writing about the nature to be found on a section of central reservation on a dual carriageway. Lucy Furlong’s chapbook Sward includes a look in great detail at the plants – and rubbish –  in the middle of the A240 Kingston Road, from the Tolworth junction with the A3, to the nearby border between London and Surrey. One of her prose-poems in Swar...

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Jane Burn wins Wolverhampton literature festival's poetry competition

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Jane Burn has won the £400 first prize in the Wolverhampton literature festival poetry competition, run in conjunction with Write Out Loud, and judged by West Midlands poet Roz Goddard. The competition once again proved to be immensely popular, attracting over 650 entries, with poets sending in work...

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Saboteur awards launch cash plea after losing Arts Council funding for ceremony

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The prestigious annual Saboteur Awards are appealing for funding help after losing their Arts Council grant for their 2020 awards ceremony. The indie lit awards, organised by Sabotage Reviews, have la...

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Skiffle pioneer and poet Hylda Sims dies at 87

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Hylda Sims, a poet and musician who was one of the pioneers of skiffle, and in more recent years host of the Fourth Friday poetry and music nights at the Poetry Café in London, has died at the age of ...

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Roger Robinson wins £25,000 TS Eliot prize with 'A Portable Paradise'

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The British-Trinidadian poet, writer, musician and performer Roger Robinson has won the £25,000 TS Eliot prize for his collection A Portable Paradise. The book tackles racism, violence and the Grenfel...

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'Every Child Counts': Tony Walsh's poem and video boosts children's hospital

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Leading performance poet Tony Walsh has written a poem and made a fundraising video for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital that has already been viewed over 100,000 times since it was released on 2 ...

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Love songs of TS Eliot: Emily 'would have killed the poet in me'

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An extraordinary statement by the poet TS Eliot about his long-running relationship with an American woman that continued during his first marriage has been published almost 60 years after it was writ...

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Mary Jean Chan wins £5,000 Costa poetry award

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The poet and lecturer Mary Jean Chan has won the £5,000 poetry category of the Costa book awards for her first collection, Flèche, which explores themes of multilingualism, queerness, psychoanalysis a...

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A CBE for Scotland's makar Jackie Kay in New Year honours list

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Scotland’s makar – poet laureate - Jackie Kay has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year honours list. In 2006 she was awarded an MBE for services to literature. Jackie Kay was born to a Scottish ...

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Write Out Loud says farewell and thank you to John Foggin

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Almost a year ago we welcomed John Foggin and his first blog for Write Out Loud to our home page with an appropriate fanfare. It is only right that we should mark his final Great Fogginzo’s Wider Web ...

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