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 Old St Pancras church will include poetry readings by BBC news presenter and correspondent Reeta Chak...

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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 Jazz Café night in Chichester on Thursday 23 June. The event, which will also include the launch of t...

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Hollie McNish and John Hegley at Coventry's SkyLines festival

Hollie McNish, with Michael Pedersen, and John Hegley are the headline poets at Coventry’s SkyLines festival of poetry and spoken word, with most live events taking place at the city’s Belgrade theatr...

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Films celebrating Walt Whitman have UK premiere in Bolton

A British-US collaboration involving seven short films with over 50 global actors and local performers responding to the American poet Walt Whitman has its UK premiere at Bolton on Saturday 28 May at ...

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Newcastle poetry festival's Emergency Poetry Summit

Newcastle Poetry Festival is staging a one-day live poetry event this month at Northern Stage, within the Newcastle University complex. It’s billed as an Emergency Poetry Summit, a day of readings and...

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Jolivia Gaston is guest host at Write Out Loud Sale tonight

Jolivia Gaston will be the guest host of Write Out Loud Sale on Monday 14 March at the Waterside arts centre, Sale. The open-mic poetry night starts at 7.30pm. More details

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Bradford's Talking in Tongues open mic returns at new venue tonight

A popular Bradford open mic poetry night is returning at a new venue. Talking in Tongues will be running every first Wednesday of the month, beginning on Wednesday 2 March, in the Exchange Bar, Market...

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After six-year 'exile' poets are back at Sowerby Bridge's Puzzle Hall

The Puzzle poetry open mic night has returned to its eponymous home at the Puzzle Hall pub in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, in another welcome sign of live grassroots poetry making a comeback after ...

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Write Out Loud in Worcester tonight

Write Out Loud’s newest poetry night is opening its doors again on Monday 28 February for all those who enjoy writing, reading - or just listening. Worcester Write Out Loud will be meeting at the Hist...

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Mike Booth is guest host at Write Out Loud Sale

Experienced compere Mike Booth will be guest host at Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside arts centre, Sale on Monday 21 February. It’s nothing but open mic this month – five-minute slots and it start...

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Book of poetry writing tips to be launched online from Manchester Poetry Library

Why I Write Poetry: Essays on Becoming a Poet, Keeping Going and Advice for the Writing Life, edited by Ian Humphreys, pictured, is being launched online from Manchester Poetry Library on 27 January a...

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