Lorna Goodison and Kei Miller, Manchester, 2014

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This Poets and Players event was staged as part of Manchester literature festival at the wonderful Halle St Peter’s, one of Manchester best performance spaces. There was such a big turnout, the pre-show coffee bar of choice over the road had to lock its doors.

It was somewhat of a coup to have Kei Miller here – he had just picked up the Forward prize for his 2014 collection, The Cartographer Tr...

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Collected poems of Anthony Burgess to be published later this year

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The collected poems of writer Anthony Burgess, best known for his dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange, are to be published by Manchester-based Carcanet later this year.

Anthony Burgess (1917–1993) was a novelist, poet, playwright, composer, linguist, translator and critic. He wrote more than 60 bo...

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'A poetic Pepysian diary': veteran performer Nick Toczek has written a daily Covid poem during the pandemic

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In mid-March veteran performance poet Nick Toczek started writing a poem a day about the pandemic – and he’s still writing them. He has already published one book of his poetic Pepysian diary of our m...

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Interview

Neil Astley, Jonathan Edwards, and Karen McCarthy Woolf to judge National Poetry Competition

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Neil Astley, Jonathan Edwards, and Karen McCarthy Woolf will be judging this year’s £5,000 National Poetry Competition. The deadline is 31 October. More details

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Competitions

'Any diversion from fear, which is in itself a disease'

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There will be many, many poems written about these days of great fear the world is enduring, just as there were after 9/11, and I like to think this one by Richard Levine, who lives in Brooklyn, will ...

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The 3-D Clock: Stephen Claughton, Dempsey & Windle

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This short collection of 16 poems is an often entertaining look at an otherwise extremely painful subject that has touched, or will touch, most of our lives. It is quite a feat to write amusing poems ...

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'As if what exists, exists so that it can be lost and become precious'

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It’s not at all unusual for a poet who’s been impressed by someone else’s poem to think, “I wish I’d written THAT!” I’ve never read a poem by the late Lisel Mueller — and I’ve read nearly all of them ...

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Our anthology for an uncertain, unsettling, painful, frightening, uplifting time

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Poetry in the time of coronavirus. Many copies of Write Out Loud’s Beyond the Storm poetry competition anthology have now been mailed out  - and thanks for your enthusaistic reponses to receiving them...

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International Poetry Reincarnation, London, 2015

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It was a day when the anecdotes just kept on coming. Allen Ginsberg was “very, very drunk, and quite angry that he had been kept waiting for so long” when he finally got up to perform at the first Int...

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Sonnets and bonnets: Simon Armitage to appear at drive-in poetry reading

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A poetry drive-in is due to take place on Sunday 11 October at Kenwood Hall hotel, Sheffield, when the poet laureate Simon Armitage will read live for an audience socially distanced in their cars. Adv...

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Poetry: compulsory or optional at next year's GCSE exam? That is the question

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An exam body has quietly – or, maybe, not so quietly – reinstated poetry as a compulsory topic in its GCSE English literature exam next year. There was an outcry last month – in the poetry world, at a...

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We Could Be Anywhere By Now: Katherine Stansfield, Seren

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Novelist and poet Katherine Stansfield grew up in Cornwall and now lives in Cardiff. She teaches for the Open University and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.

The poems in We Could Be Anywhere By No...

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Deadline nears for Mark Doty and Mona Arshi to judge £2,000 Troubadour prize

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Mark Doty and Mona Arshi will be judging the £2,000 Troubadour international poetry prize. The deadline is 28 September. More details

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Competitions

'All those flashy spikes waving in the wind, conducting summer’s final notes'

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We’re entering a new kind of autumn. This one arrives after months and months when everything was new and strange, and offered very little but bad news for the future. All spring and summer parents wo...

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Anne Stevenson, poet and biographer of Sylvia Plath, dies aged 87

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The American-British poet Anne Stevenson has died at the age of 87 at her home in Durham following a short illness. Saying it was “deeply saddened” to announced her death, her publisher Bloodaxe said ...

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Lockdown limbo: poetry and music band Bard Company launch book after cancelled gigs

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Two organisers of regular Write Out Loud Nights – Ian Whiteley (Wigan) and Jeff Dawson, aka Jeffarama! (Bolton) – have teamed up with fellow members of their Bard Company poetry and music band to prod...

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Wild Persistence: Katrina Naomi, Seren

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Prize-winning poet, translator and critic Katrina Naomi is the author of two previous full-length collections of poetry and four poetry pamphlets.  She has a PhD in creative writing from Goldsmiths an...

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Review

George the Poet, London, 2014

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I missed George the Poet at Latitude after he sent word that he was stuck on a train.  On Wednesday night at Out-Spoken in the heart of Camden there came a message that he was delayed in south London....

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Still need to write more Covid poems? Here are some poetry videos that may help to inspire you

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Write Out Loud’s poetry competition may have finished, but there is still plenty of scope for writing Covid-19 poems. In South Yorkshire they have been running Hear My Voice 2020, a competition open t...

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Workshops

'You say you see in me a strength that strengthens you'

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I like poems that rhyme so smoothly and inconspicuously that when you get to the end and look back you’re surprised to discover that you’ve just read a sonnet, this one by Eleanor Channell, who lives ...

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Refugee poet and translator George Szirtes named as Booker prize judge

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A poet and translator who came to Britain as a refugee at the age of eight after the Hungarian uprising in 1956 has been named as one of the 2021 International Booker prize judges.

George Szirtes, ...

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Emma Purshouse gets the lockdown lowdown on Black Country dialect poetry on BBC Radio 4

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Writer and performance poet Emma Purshouse explored the Black Country and its poetry on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 6 September, investigating why contemporary writers in the region are still using dialect ...

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Thousands back petition over 'grave concerns' for future of National Poetry Library

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More than 6,000 people have already signed a petition expressing “grave concerns” about the future of the National Poetry Library at London’s Southbank Centre. The petition points out that imminent jo...

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Afternoon Music: Tom Harding, Palewell Press

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This review copy landed on my doormat, and within a few minutes I was deep in it, reading one poem after another, unable to put it down. This doesn’t happen to me as often as perhaps it should.

Aft...

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'A Bradford millionaire': line from The Waste Land is clue to £20,000 donation

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A line from TS Eliot’s poem The Waste Land has provided a bizarre clue to a £20,000 donation from the poet’s estate to the Brontë Parsonage, the BBC has reported. The Covid-19 pandemic has put the mus...

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Roger McGough, London, 2014

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Roger McGough has any number of very funny poems.  As he explained at his reading at the Troubadour in London on Monday night, ‘Mermaid and Chips’ is “about pubescent longing – but mainly about chips”...

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Rave On, John Donne: Ireland's poet-president Michael D Higgins delivers tribute to song's writer Van Morrison

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The president of Ireland, and poet, Michael D Higgins, has performed ‘Rave On, John Donne’ as part of a tribute by the magazine Hot Press to the poem/song’s writer, Van Morrison, to mark the 75th birt...

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