Stepping up to the mic: Steve Pottinger is Write Out Loud's new chief executive

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Write Out Loud is delighted to announce that poet Steve Pottinger has agreed to become its chief executive to oversee the next stage of this unique poetry organisation’s development. With his fantastic reputation as a passionate performance poet, teacher and publisher, Steve is perfectly placed to help Write Out Loud further develop its national reputation as a central information point for UK poetry. Steve is delighted too. As he says: “WOL is a unique and invaluable resource in the world of poetry, providing a fantastic news service, the UK’s only comprehensive poetry gig guide, and – of course – the opportunity for new and established poets to share their work.

“Its existence is testament to the hard work and enthusiasm of the team of volunteers who've created, maintained, and developed it to date, and I'm really looking forward to working with them as we take it forward. Write Out Loud does a wonderful job of bringing people to poetry, encouraging and enabling them to find their own voice, and giving them the opportunity to find events in their area where they can stand up and share their work with others if they wish. We will be working to do more of that, and do it better, so that we can bring even more people to poetry over the coming year.”

Steve Pottinger’s fourth book of poetry, more bees than bonnets, was published last year. He has appeared in pubs, clubs and at festivals up and down the country. Write Out Loud recently became a Community Interest Company, and is looking to develop some exciting new initiatives in 2016, subject to funding.





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attila the stockbroker

Mon 1st Feb 2016 09:23

Congratulations comrade!:)

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Stu Buck

Sun 31st Jan 2016 15:48

well done steve. dont know if you remember, but you recommended this site to me last year. i have since flooded it with so much guff its unreal and it has helped my writing immeasurably. congrats.

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Fri 29th Jan 2016 15:05

Awesome! :-D

Russell Thompson

Thu 28th Jan 2016 14:21

Great news! Congratulations, Steve.

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Vicki Ayers

Wed 27th Jan 2016 13:57

Whoop whoop!! Well done matey xxx

john foggin

Wed 27th Jan 2016 10:09

Excellent news. Best of luck, Steve!

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steve pottinger

Mon 25th Jan 2016 20:59

Thank you for the welcome, folks!

WOL is a remarkable organisation, and I'm really proud to have joined a team whose skill, determination, and commitment has achieved so much already. I'm looking forward to rolling my sleeves up and getting stuck in.

And I'll do my best to post some poems every now and then, too. :-)

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Harry O'Neill

Mon 25th Jan 2016 16:34

Welcome Steve.

(But, for Pete`s sake, don`t go all administrative on us,
Keep blogging your poems!)

Alison Hill

Mon 25th Jan 2016 10:58

That's great news, a great choice and champion of poetry.
Well done Steve!

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Rodney Wood

Sat 23rd Jan 2016 18:51

Fantastic news. Can't think of anyone better for the job. Good luck!

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Adam Whitworth

Fri 22nd Jan 2016 21:18

Congratulations and good luck Steve

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Shirley-Anne Kennedy

Fri 22nd Jan 2016 18:26

Fantastic news :)

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Laura Taylor

Fri 22nd Jan 2016 16:47

And I can't think of a better person to do it. Am honoured to call Steve a mate, and it's gonna be exciting working with him on all future WOL adventures! :)

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