The Write Out Loud beat is back at Marsden jazz festival

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Roll up, roll up for the poetry jam at the Marsden jazz festival. This year Write Out Loud, high on the buzz generated by the success of its popular poetry jam, is staging a new, extra event at the festival, The Beat Is Back, an eclectic mix of poetic and musical homage to jazz and blues heroes and the legendary Beat poets, later on the same day, Sunday 13 October.

But first the ever-popular poetry jam, which has quickly become a fixture at the festival. It starts at 11am on Sunday morning at the Railway pub, Marsden, and is a two-hour – or thereabouts – fiesta of bonhomie and grassroots poetry. Last year it overran by half an hour.

Later that day you should make your way to the New Inn pub for The Beat Is Back, a lavish mix of beat/jazz poetry including Lavinia Murray, Edward Henderson and Louis, Jazzman John Clarke, Anjum Malik, Dave Morgan, Julian Jordon, David Cooke and Ralph Dartford. The Beat Is Back kicks off at 3.30pm. There’ll be paeans to Jack Kerouac, a reading of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, a touch of Rimbaud, poetic tributes to jazz giants, and much more. A legendary Pennine jazz-poetry event is in the offing. Did we mention that entry is free? Don’t miss it!  

The jazz festival itself is over three days, from 11-13 October.    





Durham book festival, until 29 October 

Havant literary festival, 1-11 October 

Cheltenham literature festival, 4-13 October 

Ilkley literature festival, 4-20 October, 

Morley literature festival, Leeds, 5-13 October

North Wales international poetry festival, Clywd theatre, 7 October 

Manchester literature festival, 7-20 October 

Nantwich words and music festival, 7-13 October 

Marsden poetry jam, jazz festival, Huddersfield, 11-13 October

Sheffield Off the Shelf festival of words, 12 October- 2 November 

Chester literature festival, 13-27 October 

Lancaster Litfest, 16-20 October 

Ryedale book festival, Malton, North Yorkshire, 19 October 

Wantage literary festival, 19-27 October

Torbay festival of poetry, 24-28 October



Aldeburgh poetry festival, 8-10 November 


Organisers, send us links to your festivals at, and we will endeavour to list them here, if they include poetry events. You can also upload individual festival events yourselves on our renowned Gig Guide.



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