Michael Rosen’s poem for 75th anniversary of Anne Frank’s diary

Michael Rosen has written a new poem, Sonnet for Anne Frank, to mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of her diary. He chose a sonnet, he is quoted as saying, because the form has a "certain kind of dignity" and gives the reader "time to reflect".

The poem speaks directly to Anne, addressing her as ‘you’ throughout, giving the poem an immediacy, as if she is still there, in hiding, and h...

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Remembering the tragic death of Shelley, 200 years on: news presenter Reeta Chakrabarti and film director Jane Campion head events

The bicentenary of the death by drowning of the Romantic and radical poet Percy Bysshe Shelley at the tragically young age of 29 is to be marked by readings by celebrities early next month. The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association is organising two events. The first on Wednesday 6 July from 6-8pm at O...

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Events

Custard pie throwers, a Laughing Yoga Man, and the Reality Zone: poet Robert Garnham on the bizarre world of Britain's Got Talent

Comedy performance poet Robert Garnham was somewhat startled to be invited to audition for the hit TV show Britain's Got Talent hosted by Ant and Dec. But he was happy to go along with it. Here's his ...

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Jo Bell to judge £1,000 Winchester poetry prize

Jo Bell will be judging the £1,000 Winchester poetry prize. The deadline is 31 July. More details

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Competitions

'A tiny magical man makes me an offer'

This poem captures one of the peculiar, private deals that we sometimes make in a world that seems to be marching on, completely out of our control. Some might call it a prayer, or a spell, or a stran...

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Tony Walsh poem celebrates bomb survivor’s Kilimanjaro climb

Longstanding friend of Write Out Loud, Tony Walsh, has followed up his powerful, internationally-renowned poem for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing with another, this time for one of those ...

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The poetry of things, and of people, too: reunion of the Troubadour crowd at festival book launch

A live gathering of old poetry friends took place for the first time in well over two years on Monday night, when regulars of Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour met once more, this time at a church...

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Feeling angry? Enter the Bread & Roses poetry competition

Andy Croft, publisher of Smokestack Books and poetry editor of the Morning Star, and Fran Lock, associate editor of Culture Matters, will be judging the Bread and Roses poetry award, organised by Cult...

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Poetry and all that jazz: Grace Nichols and John Agard in Chichester

Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry winners Grace Nichols and John Agard will be performing together with British jazz award winners Julian Stringle (clarinet, vocals) and Dominic Ashworth in a Poetry and J...

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'Incensed' Julian Jordon's video riposte to Dorries and Johnson

Write Out Loud’s founder Julian Jordon has issued a video riposte to culture secretary Nadine Dorries’ recent TikTok foray into rap. Julian’s film, titled ‘Avoiding The Rap (with no apologies to Nadin...

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Rewriting Shakespeare: poet aims to set record straight on Richard

Has Richard III received a relentlessly bad press over many centuries? And is our most revered of English writers, William Shakespeare, largely to blame? Poet Imogen McHugh certainly thinks so.

Lau...

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The shortlists for this year's Forward prizes

A poetry collection about which a Write Out Loud reviewer wrote, “I will be surprised if it is not shortlisted for an award or two. It certainly should be”, is a contender for this year’s £10,000 Forw...

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The Battle: Antony Owen, Knives Forks and Spoons Press

In this authentic and deeply moving poetry pamphlet, Antony Owen lays down a battle with mental health, ranging from diagnoses and suicide, to the effects depression has on one’s sex life, to line man...

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Closing time at Costa: Hannah Lowe becomes final winner of award

Hannah Lowe, who won the overall £30,000 Costa book award this year with her poetry collection The Kids, will be the last winner of the award. In a statement from the company, Costa’s CEO Jill McDonal...

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Death of Paula Rego recalls moment when poetry and art met

Tributes have poured in following the death of world-renowned artist Paula Rego at the age of 87. We at Write Out Loud have recalled a moment in 2015 when poetry reacted to Rego’s art, with the severe...

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Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis awarded MBE

The poet Gwyneth Lewis has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to literature. Lewis, from Cardiff, was the inaugural national poet of Wales in 2005.

On Twitter she...

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'I've been very much won over by the Queen': poet laureate delivers his platinum jubilee poem

The poet laureate Simon Armitage has revealed his platinum jubilee tribute to the Queen. The poem is titled ‘Queenhood’, is 70 lines made up of seven stanzas, and concludes: "For generations we will n...

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A moorland beacon: animated prose-poem documents the seasons of Winter Hill

As a child in 1950s Oldham, Winter Hill was just a name we saw on the TV test card, that of a tall tower somewhere near Bolton transmitting a new station called Granada. It being ITV, thus carrying ‘c...

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