Poetry in a family’s time of transition: how it helped Claire Dyer to embrace her child’s gender journey

Claire Dyer is a poet, novelist, and mother. Her new poetry collection Yield is about her child transitioning from son to daughter, and traces the process in which she moved from grief to understanding and acceptance, to the point where all she wanted was for her poems to say ‘I love you’ to her child. In this interview with Greg Freeman, Claire talks of the moment when she broke down in tears during a poetry class, and how he...

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A heartfelt thank-you to all those who contributed - some more than once - to Write Out Loud's Crowdfunder appeal, which ended on 1 February. Although...

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I never really got on with Wordsworth. From the start of our relationship, I found him preachy and prosy, telling me how I ought to feel and saying wh...

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The Foyle Young Poets of the Year competition for 11-17-year olds was launched on 4 March, World Book Day. The judges this year are Clare Pollard and ...

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Write Out Loud would like to share a heartening review of our Beyond the Storm competition anthology that has been published in the quarterly online c...

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You don’t expect poetry to crop up in a chancellor’s Budget speech. But on Wednesday Rishi Sunak – more known for polishing his image on social media ...

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One of the last members of the American Beat poetry scene, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, has died at his home at the age of 101. Ferlinghetti co-founded the ...

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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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Free Verse’s Poetry Book Fair at Conway Hall in London would still draw the crowds, even if it was just about selling books – but it is always a lot m...

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Antony Owen is a poet of war and peace, who posted poems on that subject on Write Out Loud more than a decade ago. He has gone on to publish several c...

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The theme is ‘transformation’ and Fiona Sampson is the judge of the £300 Cheltenham poetry festival single poem competition, with the additional prize...

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Polly Stretton is chair of the Open University Poetry Society, one of the Croome Poets linked with a National Trust mansion and park in Worcestershire...

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How has a poet with a pseudonym, whose work mostly rhymes and includes a large slice of humour, amassed so many followers – more than 80,000 at the la...

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