Pow! New performance poetry night to be launched in London

A new performance poetry night is being launched in south-east London. POW! – Play on Words – will be staged at the Bridge House theatre, Penge, and will be organised and compered by Lee Campbell, who will also be one of the performers. The first night on Sunday 3 October from 7-9.30pm will feature Frog Morris, Spike Zephaniah, and Kate Paul, plus six open-mic slots. Sign-up is on the night, first...

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Free weekend festival of spoken word lined up for Leamington

The second annual Leamington poetry festival returns to the town’s Temperance Café in October with fringe shows, comedy, workshops, open mics, and readings. The weekend of October 23-24 will be a free festival of the spoken word, with no ticket sales or booking required for any of the events.

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Paul Muldoon on bill at Winchester festival's live weekend

Paul Muldoon will be appearing at Winchester poetry festival’s three-day live event in early October, which marks the culmination of five months of online events, as well as the Poet on the High Stree...

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BBC's Contains Strong Language spoken word festival coming to Coventry City of Culture

The annual poetry and spoken word festival BBC Contains Strong Language comes to Coventry City of Culture this year with over 50 Covid-compliant and in-person poetry events taking place in the city be...

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Puzzle Poets return with two nights each month

Sowerby Bridge’s Puzzle Poets are returning to live, in-person nights next month after a pandemic gap of 16 months – with a monthly double bill. Their first night back will be on Monday 6 September at...

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Writing kitchen cooks up anthology to celebrate 20 years

Around 20 year ago, poets Malika Booker and Roger Robinson saw the need for a space where writers outside the establishment could grow, discuss and learn. One Friday night, Malika offered her Brixton ...

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Luke Wright heads a poetry festival fortnight in Tunbridge Wells

Luke Wright will be headlining Tunbridge Wells poetry festival, which will take place from 15-27 August. Organisers say there will be slam and open-mic opportunities throughout the festival fortnight,...

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Festival's Poet on the High St prepares to pop up in Winchester

Winchester poetry festival’s Poet on the High St (aka performance poet Jonny Fluffypunk) will be popping up at Winchester’s Projects Café in Middle Brook Street on 23 July from 10.30am-2pm, and at Pie...

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Online voting this year at Hammer & Tongue's national slam final at Royal Albert Hall

The Hammer & Tongue national slam final – which was postponed last year because of the pandemic -  will take place on Sunday 4 July at London’s Royal Albert Hall, with an additional online feature.

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Spoken word and music night to make you howl: London's Mother Wolf Club opens its doors

The spoken word scene in London is slowly returning to live – and meanwhile a brand-new night has risen with easing of lockdown. The Mother Wolf Club – a mix of poetry including open-mic, and music – ...

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Luke Wright heads back on the road with three different shows

Luke Wright, this year’s Saboteur spoken word award winner and an indefatigable online performer during lockdown, is taking three different shows on tour in the coming months as lockdown eases, as wel...

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Fishing for an audience: live poetry events at Brixham museum

The fishing town of Brixham in south Devon will be staging its own three-day live literary event next month. Brixham Books and Bards at Brixham Heritage Museum from 1-3 June will include Paignton perf...

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Free readings at Seren Cardiff online poetry festival

The 2021 Seren Cardiff poetry festival began on Thursday 15 April with four days of online readings, workshops and events. All the events – apart from the workshops – are free.

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Remembering May Ayim and Julia Darling at Dead [Women] Poets Society

Two women poets, May Ayim and Julia Darling, will be remembered when Dead [Women] Poets Society meet online on Sunday 11 April. Momtaza Mehri and Hannah Hodgson will be speaking about the lives and le...

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Bolton's Live From Worktown to broadcast poems from around the globe on World Poetry Day

The Bolton-based arts organisation Live From Worktown is staging a virtual Cultural Cabaret event to celebrate World Poetry Day on Sunday 21 March at 7.30pm. Fourteen poets will be reading 14 poems, m...

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Festival launches Manchester Poetry Library's Polish collection

Following their highly successful 2018 Polish Poetry Festival, Radość Pisania, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Writing School is having another on Saturday 27 February, this time to celebrate the...

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Replying to Keats: new poems from three contemporary poets on bicentenary

The Poetry Society has marked the bicentenary of the death of John Keats on 23 February by commissioning three contemporary poets – Ruth Padel, Will Harris and Rachael Boast –to respond to their favou...

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StAnza poetry festival marks end of the Soviet Union

StAnza, Scotland's international poetry festival from 6-14 March will mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union as a political unit with a focus on languages from countries of the forme...

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Writ in water: radio play and poetry event to mark bicentenary of John Keats' death in Rome

The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association is marking the start of two years of events celebrating the lives and works of poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley with a commissioned play, Writ in Water,...

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Celebrating the NHS with These Are the Hands anthology reading at Kendal poetry festival

A reading from the NHS anthology These Are the Hands will be one of the highlights of Kendal poetry festival, taking place online from 19-28 February. The anthology published by Fair Acre Press featur...

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