There: Clare Morris and Nigel Bird, TQ

The poet and writer Clare Morris works in collaboration with the artist Nigel Bird in this engaging and interesting pamphlet. Their works not only interweave and enhance each other but also aim to support Wessex Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Warminster that has helped Nigel Bird to improve his condition and continue with his work.

They focus on important moments that are “there” - moment...

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Deadline nears for £600 Ver Poets competition

John McCullough will be judging the £600 Ver Poets open competition. The deadline is 30 April. More details

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Competitions

Elgar Country: Peter Sutton, Black Pear Press

Poet, playwright and translator Peter Sutton is a frequent reader at poetry events in the West Midlands and beyond. His alliterative verse translation of Langland’s 7,500-line medieval poem Piers Plow...

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They Race Me In The Streets: Shaun Fallows, Lulu

The title poem of Shaun Fallows’s second collection is uplifting and full of love. It tells how Fallows, a wheelchair user who has cerebral palsy, is surrounded by youngsters in the street who admire ...

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Young Charlotte Brontë's little book of rhymes returns to Haworth

A book smaller than a playing card and containing 10 unpublished poems, is returning home to the West Yorkshire parsonage where it was written in 1829 by the 13-year-old Charlotte Brontë.

The book,...

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Deadline nears for £600 Ware poetry competition

Jonathan Edwards will be judging the £600 Ware open poetry competition. The deadline is 30 April. More details

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Tim Taylor launches Life Times anthology at Marsden Mechanics

Marsden, Yorkshire, is a hotbed of poetic endeavour – much of it supported or launched by Write Out Loud since our setting up there in 2010 - including a long-running monthly poetry night, Marsden the...

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Poet's 'rite of passage' after book turns up in Oxfam shop

A poet and regular blogger has posted an account of his feelings, after being informed that a signed copy of one of his poetry books had turned up in a charity shop.

Matthew Stewart, whose blog is ...

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Chintz: Leela Soma, Dreich

This pamphlet by Leela Soma breaks new ground with its multicultural layers, at the threshold between India and Scotland. The two cultures sometimes merge but at other times clash. Soma’s literary wor...

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'A daring, funny, inventive writer': fellow poets pay tribute to Grant Tarbard

Many tributes have been paid on social media to the poet and editor Grant Tarbard, who has died suddenly at the age of 43, after suffering from ill health throughout his life.

The poet George Szirt...

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Obituary

The Columbus Memoirs and Other Tales: Nick Toczek and Signia Alpha, Mutiny 2000

This 120-page book contains the 19 lyrics/poems of the three albums released by the poet Nick Toczek with the band Signia Alpha led by Matt Webster. The first half is concerned with the words and is w...

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Racing in the streets: disabled Wigan poet Shaun Fallows launches second collection

Wigan poet and disabled activist Shaun Fallows will be launching his second poetry collection, They Race Me in the Streets, at the Museum of Wigan Life on Wednesday 20 April from 7-9pm.

Shaun, a wh...

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Festival starring John Cooper Clarke and Lemn Sissay offers stage slots to grassroots poetry groups

A poetry festival planned later this year is offering grassroots poets the chance to take part alongside headline stars. Dr John Cooper Clarke, Lemn Sissay, Henry Normal, and Joelle Taylor have alread...

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Anthology of 100 classic poems is collaboration between poet Brendan Kennelly and editor Neil Astley

Poetry publisher Bloodaxe is launching a new anthology, in which editor Neil Astley has teamed up with the late Irish poet Brendan Kennelly to produce The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me – a selection of ...

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Eric Yip, a 19-year-old student from Hong Kong, is the youngest winner of National Poetry Competition

A 19-year-old Cambridge undergraduate is the youngest ever winner of the Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition, it was announced on Thursday night. Eric Yip won £5,000 with his poem ‘Fricatives...

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From New York, to Chennai, to Bolton: George Wallace on global poetry networks, Walt Whitman, and a NYC anthology

George Wallace (pictured) is writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, on Long Island, New York; first poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island; and author of 38 poetry books and chapboo...

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Interview

Smudge: Dominic James, Littoral Press

The title poem of Smudge by Dominic James refers to the mark left on glass when a face is pressed against a window. It’s an image of distance, even loneliness, and perhaps a keynote image for this col...

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Poet's campaign about men and suicide screened at football match

A poet whose latest collection focuses on men and suicide appeared on a video at a football match on Saturday afternoon. Coventry poet Antony Owen’s latest collection is called The Battle, and he appe...

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