‘I now help many people find their own pleasure in writing. You can't put a price on that; to me it’s worth more than any degree’

Linda Cosgriff, a longstanding member of Stockport Write Out Loud, wrote an article for this website five years ago about her excitement at embarking on a creative writing MA at Manchester Metropolitan University, and working with the then poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. In this follow-up article she details how it did not go to plan and, along with serious health problems, sapped her confidence as a writer and poet. She only r...

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The poet laureate Simon Armitage will be examining Philip Larkin’s poems in 10 BBC Radio 4 programmes, starting on Monday 8 August, to mark the centen...

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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 ...

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“Enwrought with gold and silver light,

…Tread softly because you tread on my dreams”

(‘He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’)

 

Seven years ...

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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 Ra...

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The veteran dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson has talked about the language he uses in his poems, of being a “classic late developer”, and of joining the ...

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A poetry anthology to help raise funds for displaced Ukrainian refugees has been published by an open-mic poetry group in south-west London. Most of t...

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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...

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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...

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War, impending war and exile forced by war, are increasing preoccupations in the work of Ladan Osman — not so much the wars, but the damage that they ...

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I’ve always wanted to go to Shetland. Geologist Barbara Cumbers spent a month’s residency there in 2017, and has visited the islands on several other ...

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The Plumb Line by Hélène Demetriades is presented in three parts: ‘Beginnings’ in which the poet shares her troubled childhood, from the ever present ...

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Sometimes a collection arrives where a reviewer’s task is not so much to seek out and analyse the way the poetry is crafted, but more importantly, to ...

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