We're looking for a poetry journalist - or two - for Write Out Loud

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Write Out Loud is looking for a dedicated volunteer – or volunteers – with a love of poetry to take over the running of its poetry news and features operation.

Greg Freeman, Write Out Loud’s news editor for the past seven years, will be standing down from the role at the end of March. 

Greg, aged 65, a former national newspaper sub-editor, said: “I’ve loved doing the news on Write Out Loud. In many ways it’s provided the most fulfilling moments in my newspaper career, even including my 31 years at the Guardian! But now I think it’s time for someone else to take over the reins, and to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the job.” 

Do you think we are missing out on covering some aspects of the poetry scene? Would you like to remedy that? You could be a journalism or creative writing student – or any kind of student with a love of poetry – who is keen to add to their experience and CV. Or you could be retired and wanting to keep active and involved – or any other age in between. A university department might be interested in taking it on as a project, offering its students top experience and bylines.

It’s a busy job – people are keen to get in touch with us and spread the word about their poetry events on Write Out Loud – and there are opportunities to cover top poetry events such as the Forward and TS Eliot prize nights. But you will also have the freedom to decide your own news priorities, to cover the areas of poetry that interest you. We take pride in covering national poetry news and grassroots poetry as well.

Last year Greg’s work for Write Out Loud saw him make the Reviewer of the Year shortlist in the Saboteur awards. He added: “Over the years we have developed our news operation, setting up interviews with the likes of Hollie McNish, Brian Patten, Luke Wright, Henry Normal, Attila the Stockbroker, Brian Bilston, Jackie Hagan, Michael Horovitz, John Agard, Kate Fox, Ira Lightman, Jo Bell, and many others. We’ve been to festivals like Aldeburgh, Ledbury and Wenlock covering events and taking pictures. The poetry plagiarism sleuth, Ira Lightman, contacted us to help him break a big story.”       

Write Out Loud averages 65,000 visits monthly, has the UK’s only comprehensive poetry listings, a huge online community sharing poems and ideas, and the UK’s only regular poetry journalism. Please have a good look at the site. We think you’ll be impressed, and will be able to see where the opportunities lie.

These are volunteer posts at the moment. Write Out Loud 2015 CIC is a social enterprise that currently receives no funding but is rich in support from its donors, its users and its team of volunteers, all passionate about the way we help individuals to find their voice through writing, and sharing their work.

All inquiries: julian@writeoutloud.net

 

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Greg Freeman

Fri 30th Mar 2018 21:08

Thank you very much, Francine, for your kind words. No need to thank me ... I've enjoyed it all too much. But time to let someone else have as good a time doing it as I've had. And I hope to be still around as part of the Write Out Loud community.

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Francine

Thu 29th Mar 2018 23:46

It goes without saying (but I will), you have done an excellent job over the years, Greg. I've enjoyed reading your articles AND your poetry too! I miss the days of the poetry competitions we used to have on here... And as Laura and Isobel said, we all move on, and those are huge shoes to fill.

We all appreciate the time you have given being such an essential part of the WOL community - thank you!

Take Care! xx

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Greg Freeman

Tue 20th Mar 2018 20:01

Thanks, Isobel. I know you're not able to spend time on the site much these days, so thanks for taking the trouble. They were rare days at the Marsden poetry jam, with you and your sisters often the entertainment highlight. Always good fun!

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Isobel

Sun 18th Mar 2018 09:35

Those are huge shoes to fill. The best of luck to whoever follows you! It's been a pleasure meeting you at Marsden and Wigan. Writeoutloud has been so lucky to have you. You've done the most amazing job and given the site such a professional feel.

All the best in your retirement Greg.

Isobel xx

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Greg Freeman

Tue 13th Mar 2018 22:54

Many thanks, John, Suki, and Shirley-Anne for your kind words - and MC, I suppose! A warm welcome awaits you all at the Write Out Loud night at the New Inn in Send, near Woking, third Monday of every month!

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Shirley-Anne Kennedy

Wed 7th Mar 2018 22:51

All the very best for your retirement, Greg.

Over the years I have often wondered how you manage to turn out the amazing amount of quality articles that you write. I came to the conclusion that you must have super powers. You are an inspiration.

If I am ever in Woking I will check out the WOL night!


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M.C. Newberry

Fri 2nd Mar 2018 15:23

From his reviews alone, praise is due to Greg Freeman for
his contributions on WOL. It will be interesting to see
the output and style from his replacement.
Anyone from the Daily Mail? 😉

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suki spangles

Thu 1st Mar 2018 17:22

Hi Greg,

Wishing you all the very best for the future, and it's good to see you will still be involved in some capacity, including helping your replacement(s) settle in.

Cheers!
Suki

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John Coopey

Thu 1st Mar 2018 12:58

Top man, Greg.

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Greg Freeman

Thu 1st Mar 2018 09:44

Thanks for your messages, Laura and Jonathan. I've had a wonderful time doing the news job. And I won't be quitting Write Out Loud entirely - I still hope to co-ordinate the book reviews, and will be carrying on as organiser of Write Out Loud Woking, of course. I should also mention that there will be no question of my successor(s) having to jump in off the deep end - there'll be plenty of technical advice and help on offer, to get you settled in.

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Laura Taylor

Wed 28th Feb 2018 16:33

Greg's done a bloody sterling job over the years, tis a shame to see him go, but we all move on. Best of luck for everything to come Greg - all my very best to you 😃

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Graham Sherwood

Wed 28th Feb 2018 11:39

I think Colin’s suggestion is a very valid one, although it would be sensible for each region’s representative to feed into a WOL site-manager as it were.

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Jonathan Humble

Wed 28th Feb 2018 11:24

Good luck in your retirement Greg.
Cheers
Jonathan : )

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Colin Hill

Wed 28th Feb 2018 09:00

or 3 or 4 perhaps - to cover different regions of the UK?

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