'Don’t go down to the Railway Inn with anyone else but us!': Write Out Loud's poetry jam back at jazz festival venue

Yes, the Write Out Loud Marsden Poetry Jam is back on again! After an absence of two years, the poetry jam is returning to its rightful home at the Railway Inn at 11 am on Sunday 9 October 2022, during the Marsden Jazz Festival. So, if you’d like to listen to or perform your poetry, or see the Four Sisters reprise their Andrews Sisters act with a couple of riotous numbers, do get yourselves down t...

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Organiser Matt Panesh looks forward to 'brilliant' line-up at Morecambe's first poetry festival

Two legendary performers described by organiser Matt Panesh, pictured, as “godfathers” of the spoken word scene in the UK, will be headlining the first Morecambe poetry festival next month. Linton Kwesi Johnson and Dr John Cooper Clarke top a bill that also includes TS Eliot prizewinner Joelle Taylo...

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Celebrating Blake, Shelley and Turner at Petworth House

Blakefest, an annual event that celebrates the time William Blake spent in Sussex and his links with Felpham, Bognor Regis and Petworth, will this year also commemorate the bicentenary of the Sussex R...

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Yay! Robert Garnham takes his search for happiness to Edinburgh

Comedy performance poet Robert Garnham is taking his show about happiness to the Edinburgh Fringe. He will be performing Yay: The Search for Happiness from 14-20 August at the PBH Free Fringe, at the ...

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Jazz and poetry at Arundel's Jailhouse

There’s a mix of jazz and poetry at the Arundel festival in West Sussex, when poets Chris Hardy, Raine Geoghegan, Naomi Foyle, and Barry Smith perform alongside the Big House jazz band. The venue is A...

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Wigan's Shaun Fallows at the PBH Free Fringe in Edinburgh

Sunny and Chair is the title of disabled poet Shaun Fallows’ spoken word show at the PBH Free Fringe in Edinburgh this week. Shaun, who was born with cerebral palsy, and has been a regular at Write Ou...

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Food for thought: Muldoon's Picnic on Irish tour

Acclaimed Irish poet Paul Muldoon is assembling a cabaret-style line-up of poetry, prose and music for a short tour of Ireland. Muldoon will be joined by house band Rogue Oliphant, a collective of mus...

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Corbyn and McCluskey to talk politics and poetry in Edinburgh

The former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is no stranger to poetry. He has quoted Shelley on the stage at Glastonbury, and also revealed that he wrote poetry on the train during his Labour leadership cam...

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Celebrating the Horovitz poetry family and the Slad valley

A poetry event celebrating the work of Michael, Frances, and Adam Horovitz, and focusing on poetry written during or about the 10 years they lived together in Gloucestershire’s Slad valley, is taking ...

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Lining up a mix of 'radical poetry, music, cabaret and mayhem'

Wig Out! At the Wandle, a night offering “radical poetry, music, cabaret & mayhem” will feature Phil Jeays (England’s answer to Jacques Brel), Project Adorno (Geek electro-pop on libraries, Daleks, an...

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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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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-...

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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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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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