POETRY IS IMPORTANT IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES - HELP US TO HELP OTHERS CREATIVELY, IF YOU CAN

We hope you managed a well-earned rest over the festive period in spite of all the plans that had to be cancelled. We know things are looking gloomy and the last thing you need is a plea for support from us, but what we are asking is for you to support us in supporting others. Write Out Loud has made a huge difference to people’s lives – through poetry - in the past 18 years. 2020 taught us the value of poetry in difficult tim...

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The £25,000 TS Eliot Prize readings will be combined with the chair of the judges’ announcement of the winner in a streamed event hosted by Ian McMill...

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Legendary 1960s figure Marianne Faithfull has unveiled her latest album project – reading the works of the Romantic Poets, including Keats’ To Autumn,...

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It was the day that lockdown was announced in mid-March. Sale Write Out Loud’s open-mic night was due to be held as usual at the Waterside arts centre...

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Simon Armitage spoke about the process of becoming poet laureate on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live at the weekend. He said that at first, “as I understan...

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The poet laureate of Twitter, Brian Bilston, is a bit less of a mystery man these days. For a while it’s been known that he is actually Paul Millichea...

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Daljit Nagra will be judging the £1,000 RSPB and the Rialto Nature and Place poetry competition. Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature...

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During the coronavirus shutdown Write Out Loud has been looking back at some wonderful live poetry moments over the last few years … and re-running so...

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The new Forward prize winner, Kei Miller, looked out at the audience, smiled, and apologised for the downbeat nature of his final poem on National Poe...

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Do you still remember the first lockdown? How it felt quite different to this one? Back then we were moving into spring, then summer. There were a who...

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Write Out Loud regular Ray Pool is known to many here as a professional musician. But what may be less well known is that before he turned to music, h...

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Wendy Klein will be judging the £200 Slipstream Poets open poetry competition. The deadline is 28 February. More details

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Exercise to preserve physical and mental health has become even more important during the pandemic. And walking is still a relatively easy way  – and ...

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