Magazine wants Benn tributes and miners' strike poems

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The radical poetry and arts magazine Citizen 32 is calling for submissions that to pay tribute to the former Labour MP Tony Benn or mark the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike for its special edition for ths year's Tolpuddle festival.

The Manchester-based magazine, which has previously published new poets alongside Harold Pinter, Adrian Mitchell, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Benjamin Zephaniah, will produce the magazine for the Tolpuddle festival on 18-20 July,

The editors want to hear from anyone who want to share their memories of Tolpuddle festival regular Tony Benn, who died earlier this year. Contributions can be in the form of poetry, articles or short tributes. There will also be articles and poems marking the anniversary of the 1984-85 miners’ strike, and contributions are invited from anyone with something to say about this key event in labour movement history, in poetry, prose, artwork or photographs.

The editors also want contributions summing up the “spirit of Tolpuddle” – in memory of the six men who were deported to Australia for organising to demand a living wage - and “the  developments and events inspired by them  … the fight against cuts and privatisation, the strikes in the public sector, the battle for human rights, and the struggle against racism”.

The magazine can’t offer payment for published work, but any profits will go to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. Email your work to – the earlier the better, but not later than June 29. If you're coming to the festival, you can sign up for the poetry open mic session on the Saturday starting at 12 noon, hosted by Citizen 32 and Bob Johnson. Email Citizen 32 to book a slot in advance or turn up on the day.



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