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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Happy International Women’s Day! We at Write Out Loud spotted a poem out there that we’d love to share with you. It’s by Rachel McGladdery, a former W...

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Write Out Loud showed its support for health workers last year with its Beyond the Storm poetry competition that raised £7,500 for the NHS Charities T...

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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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The young American poet who won acclaim for her performance at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, has told of being followed home and accosted by a s...

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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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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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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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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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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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Manchester-based Anna Percy is a firework of a poet. But I am left pondering what sort of firework – not a rocket, not a Roman candle, more a Catherin...

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