Last call for Foyle Young Poets Award entries

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“For me poetry isn’t about ‘understanding’ it’s about experiencing, like a dream, or a movie played on the inside of your eyelids.” – Caroline Bird (pictured), Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Winner 1999 and 2000, and Foyle 2018 Judge

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018, the most prestigious prize in the world for writers aged 11-17 years old, is open for entries only for another t...

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Poetry Competitions

Poets: Voices of Prophecy and Custodians of Truth

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Poetry is often the voice of courage, found in every generation, a voice which often exposes the truth and challenges the times in which we live.  It can also be the voice of prophecy which has as its principle source the past; how we have been affected by it personally and ways to avoid repeating p...

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Poetry Reflections

Ledbury 2018: A review

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The Ledbury Poetry Festival takes place over ten days each July (29th June – 8th July in 2018) and has long been a key event in the poetry world. Now in its 22nd year, Ledbury is the UK's largest poet...

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Poetry review

Omphalos: A Return to the Source of Poetry

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Omphalos: A Return to the Source of Poetry

‘I would begin with the Greek word, omphalos, meaning the navel, and hence the stone that marked the centre of the world, and repeat it, omphalos, omphalo...

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Poetry Reflections

Please don't apologise: Swear!

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Swearing, profanity, expletive or just plain crude, does the risk of causing offence outweigh the literary effect a writer or performer can achieve by using a rude word?  Parental Warnings aside, shou...

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Editorial

Are You Content with Write Out Loud's Content?

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Write Out Loud has a long tradition of bringing more people to poetry through offering a superb selection of resources, information exchange and platform for on-line publishing, reading and discussion...

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Write Out Loud

Feeling the Buzz: Hive City Legacy at The Roundhouse

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Nine fierce femmes of colour fill the stage for 75 minutes of physical performance mixing spoken word, song, dance, circus skills.  It’s cleverly paced, telling a story of integration of a single lone...

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Poetry review

Way More Than Luck: Ben Wilkinson, Seren

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I found Ben Wilkinson’s work, as represented in this collection from Seren, direct but nuanced.  The poems are well crafted in a range of forms. The three sections of the book have distinct themes. Th...

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Review

Addressing The Poetry Periphery

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A lack of diversity in British poetry remains a conspicuous issue. In 2016 almost 10% of poets published by a major press in the UK were black or Asian. This has risen from the 2005 figure, where only...

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Diversity in Poetry

Competing For Audience Attention: Is Poetry Enough?

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Why do people go to poetry events?  Or, perhaps more pertinent in the light of some of my recent experiences might be the question; Why don’t people go to poetry events?  Thankfully the success of man...

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Editorial

The English River: Virginia Astley, Bloodaxe

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I came across Virginia Astley way back in 1983 with the release of her first solo album From Gardens Where We Feel Secure - an almost entirely instrumental piece that fused ambient sound recordings of...

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Review

‘Bye bye blackbird’ by Ray Pool is Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week

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With his poem Bye Bye Blackbird,  Write Out Loud regular Ray Pool finds himself awarded the accolade of Poem of the Week for the second time. Members of our team met up at a Walthamstow tea-room, ate ...

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Poem of the week

War Girls: Women Poets of the First World War

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Ruth Sillers’ moving performance of women’s poetry written in the First World War has been touring the country for the last four years, and as the actress considers moving on to new projects there may...

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Poetry Performance

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Open For Entries

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If the recent article on Write Out Loud from our Contributing Editor Patrick Wright about entering poetry competitions has kick-started your competitive nature, why not take a look at the Aesthetica M...

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Poetry Competitions

A Gamble Worth Taking: Entering Poetry Competitions

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‘If you don’t buy a ticket, you don’t win the lottery’, so the saying goes. And the same can be said of entering poetry competitions. To get anywhere in the poetry world, such as looking to win the Ma...

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Poetry Competitions

May Days inspired by Shelley's Masque of Anarchy

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May Days is a physical adaptation directed by Simone Vause of the poem of the same name by William Alderson which, according to Alderson, “the director read and immediately thought would be lovely as ...

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Poetry review

Get on board with the Write Out Loud gig guide!

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Whether you're a newbie or a veteran; a page-poet or slam-champion; or even just a listener in the corner at the back: at Write Out Loud, we're always here to help you find your voice. And we begin wi...

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Poetry Events

Jennifer Malden's Mediterranean August is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week!

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Jennifer Malden lives in Italy and, apparently, loves it there, in particular Sardinia.  That wonderful Mediterranean air and lifestyle have clearly given her the freedom and head-space to write this ...

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Poem of the week

Peace in our broken world at Stratford-upon-Avon

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The 65th annual Stratford Poetry Festival draws to a close having delivered an invigorating and varied mix of events and readings to uplift the soul.

The opening event, inspired by the closing word...

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Festival news

The Book of Upside Down Thinking: Brian Patten, Forget Me Not Books

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And now for something completely different, as someone once said. A priest halfway between Heaven and Hell, a tax collector, a magician, a philosopher, a blind man, a monk and a hammer, and quite a fe...

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Review

Short story vending machines offer literary treats

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Grenoble is now a bookworm's paradise, dispensing free literary treats from special vending machines across the city. Whether you're bored at the bus stop or waiting in a queue, the revolutionary 'Sho...

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Literary innovations

‘One of those Weird Unexpected Moments’ by Hazel Ettridge is Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week

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One of those weird unexpected moments certainly attracted some comments when Hazel Ettridge posted it on Write Out Loud.  Her modest response to being chosen as Poem of the Week was to say ‘Thanks, bu...

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Poem of the week

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