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Award-winning poet John Burnside dies aged 69

The award-winning Scottish poet and novelist John Burnside has died at the age of 69. His publishers Jonathan Cape said the Fife-born writer had died after a short illness.

A former writer-in-residence at Dundee University, he was most recently appointed a professor at the school of English at the University of St Andrews.

His 1992 poetry collection Feast Days won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial...

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Steve Tasane is guest poet at Write Out Loud Woking at the Fiery Bird tonight

Performance poet Steve Tasane will be delivering words from his new collection Counteroffensive at Write Out Loud Woking at the Fiery Bird on Thursday 30 May. Your host is Rodney Wood. Sign up on the door from 6.45pm for a five-minute open-mic slot. Entry £5. More details

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'When the vote comes in'! Geordie poet adds poll twist to Northumberland folk song

There are always a few new poems knocking around during any knockabout general election campaign – and in the past Write Out Loud has featured some of them.

When The Boat Comes In (or Dance Ti Thy ...

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General election

Poetry boosts well-being? Our readers agree

Reading poetry out loud can reduce stress and anxiety, among other beneficial effects, according to Dr Michael Mosley in a recent edition of  the BBC science presenter's five-minute Radio 4 broadcasts...

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Poetry and health

Deadline nears for Wirral Poetry Festival competition

David J Costello be judging the Wirral Poetry Festival open poetry competition. First prize is £250, and the deadline is 31 May. More details 

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How youngsters engage with poetry – teachers, can you help?

The National Literacy Trust has launched what it calls "the biggest survey to date about children and young people’s engagement with poetry". They are asking teachers for their help in discovering wha...

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Young Write Out Loud

South magazine to end publication after 35 years

A poetry magazine that began in 1990 is ending publication this year. South magazine, which selects poems anonymously, with different selectors for each issue, said: “After 35 years of continuous prod...

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Laureate in full voice as Simon Armitage blossoms with band

It was just over a month ago that the poet laureate Simon Armitage launched Blossomise, a collection in celebration of spring, with illustrations by Angela Harding, and in collaboration with the Natio...

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'Testing myself in new places': Shaun Fallows at Write Out Loud Sale on book tour

Poet Shaun Fallows, who was born with cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user, will be performing at Write Out Loud Sale on Monday 20 May as part of an Arts Council-funded tour that will also take in ...

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New home and new start for Northern Poetry Library

The Northern Poetry Library is returning to its old home in Morpeth Library – and that is good news for poets. Last year we published a feature article about the Northern Poetry Library, and reported ...

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Meet me on Jubilee Corner: all right on the night in Rothbury

I don’t usually kick off a review of a poetry night by writing about a musician – but in the case of Rod Clements, a founder member of the legendary Tyneside band Lindisfarne and writer of the much-lo...

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