For those in peril ... a heady brew of music, poetry and beer

Music and poetry is generally a good mix. Add beer, history, and stirring tales of lifeboats, and you have all the ingredients for a heady brew. And so it proved at Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory art gallery on Sunday afternoon, when musicians Maurice Condie and Marina Dodgson, and poet Harry Gallagher performed Frets 'n’ Bows 'n’ Tales 'n’ Ales, a collaborative project that has been touring various ...

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Taking the last bus home after nights like these! Brian Bilston wows big audience at the New Poetry Shack in London

The hugely popular “poet laureate of Twitter” Brian Bilston has always been somewhat of a mystery man, keen to obscure his true identity and limiting his public appearances. He does seem to be getting out and about a bit more in 2023, however. Heather Moulson was among an adoring audience of around ...

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Second Glance: Ron Scowcroft, Oversteps Books

Ron Scowcroft lives in Lancaster. His pamphlet Moon Garden was published by Wayleave Press in 2014 and his full collection Second Glance by Oversteps Books in 2022. A number of poems in the latter hav...

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Workwear: Carla Scarano D'Antonio, The High Window Press

There is much to admire and enjoy in Workwear. Carla Scarano D’Antonio’s clarity of vision, disarming directness and artist’s eye for detail take us on a journey in which portraiture, domesticity and ...

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Poet of the borderlands: uncovering the riches of Northumberland with Noel Hodgson

To Horncliffe, the most northerly village in England, on the southern side of the river Tweed, for a poetry reading. It is what the Scots call a dreich day, cold and wet. Well, it is January. But the ...

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Resurrection of a Black Man: Jenny Mitchell, Indigo Dreams

Jenny Mitchell’s impressive and award-winning two previous collections – both reviewed by Write Out Loud – were largely about Britain’s involvement in slavery, and its pain, misery and legacy as seen ...

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