Kim Moore's debut collection wins Geoffrey Faber prize

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Kim Moore has won the Geoffrey Faber memorial prize with her debut collection The Art of Falling, which was published by Seren in 2015. The prize, which is worth £1,500, is given in alternate years to a volume of verse and a volume of prose fiction. It has been won in the past by Seamus Heaney and Tony Harrison.

The judges, poets Gillian Clarke and Katharine Towers, and the New Statesman’s Tom ...

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Poets band together to support Wolverhampton grandmother threatened with deportation

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A group of poets in the West Midlands are putting on a benefit gig on Thursday 14 December in support of Paulette Wilson, a 61-year-old Wolverhampton woman who had been in Britain for 50 years when she received a letter informing her that she was an illegal immigrant and was going to be removed and ...

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Pascale Petit to judge Poets & Players competition

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Pascale Petit will be judging the £600 Poets & Players poetry competition. The closing date is 28 February 2018. More details

 

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Licensed to Rhyme, Barnt Green, Birmingham

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In the second of a new series highlighting events listed on the Write Out Loud Gig Guide, Maggie Doyle, pictured, answered questions about Licensed to Rhyme, the event in Birmingham that she co-hosts ...

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Emma Purshouse to judge contest - with Write Out Loud helping out again!

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Following on from the success of our Milestone poetry competition (run in conjunction with the Milestone Society) Write Out Loud is collaborating with the Wolverhampton Original Literature Festival (W...

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Dismay as trust is forced to sell John Clare's local in Helpston

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The pub where John Clare drank and played the fiddle is to be sold by a trust that had intended to turn it into a folksinging centre.

The Exeter Arms in Helpston, Cambridgeshire, was bought by the ...

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'What advice would she offer for life between husbands?'

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At a friend's wedding, as she stood in her reception line, an older woman leaned in and whispered, "Always rinse your dishrag in cold water so it won't stink."  Advice!  Christine Stewart-Nuñez lives ...

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All fours: Nia Davies, Bloodaxe

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Nia Davies’s first collection is fizzing with ideas, high spirits and personality. Rather than surreal, it’s a pell-mell stream of consciousness - adult nonsense verse almost - full of delightful non ...

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'Aubade' by Terry Jones is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Aubade’ by Terry Jones. The poem is written in a form known as a specula; after the mid-point of the poem every word or phrase used up to that point is empl...

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Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Stockport Write Out Loud will be meeting at Stockport art gallery on Monday 11 December for a readaround of poems. Each month a collage poem is produced from contributions. You can read November’s her...

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Deadline nears for £600 Tongues & Grooves prose poem prize

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Michael Loveday will be judging the £600 prose poem prize organised by Portsmouth’s Tongues and Grooves. The deadline is 1 January 1018. More details

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Subject Matters: Jeremy Robson, Smokestack

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Jeremy Robson, a key figure in the poetry reading scene of the 1960s and 70s, opens the floodgates of memory wide in this collection as if eager to make up for the 35-year writer’s block that only end...

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Sunshine at the end of the world: Chris Hardy, Indigo Dreams

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Chris Hardy has lived in Asia, Africa, and other parts of Europe, and in a number of his poems in his fourth collection, Sunshine at the end of the world, he is drawn to seas and oceans, flirting with...

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Celebrating peace: poetry competition to mark centenary of first world war armistice

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This picture of Londoners celebrating the signing of the Armistice that marked the end of the first world war in 1918 is a reminder that the Museum of Military Medicine is running a £500 poetry compet...

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Geoff Stevens prize offers two poets the chance to have collections published

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The Geoff Stevens memorial prize organised by publishers Indigo Dreams each year offers the chance for two poets to have 52-page collections published, with 20 free copies each. The deadline is 31 Jan...

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Katherine Pierpoint wins £2,000 Troubadour prize

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Katherine Pierpoint has won the £2,000 Troubadour international poetry competition prize with her poem ‘The Egg-Slicer’, it was announced on Monday night. One of the prize judges, Imtiaz Dharker, said...

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'Great White Heron' by Chris Hubbard is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Great White Heron’ by Chris Hubbard. The poem is about a heron seen in the Loire valley in France, but is also about eagles circling above. In his responses...

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'God's eyes were stained glass, and his voice was pipe organ'

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Many of us at some hour have struggled with organised religion, maybe all night, like Jacob wrestling the angel. Here's a fine poem by Fleda Brown, from her book No Need of Sympathy. She is the former...

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American Life in Poetry

Poetry that helps keep out the cold: celebrating 10 years of Camden Lumen

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“Poetry makes nothing happen” is the famous phrase attributed to WH Auden. Even if Auden didn’t mean it in quite the way that it often has been taken, sometimes poetry does make things happen, it real...

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Incendium Amoris: Steve Ely, Smokestack Books

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Sometimes one comes across books that confound your expectations of poetry. Most poetry, even some experimental poetry, goes along relatively obvious lines and you generally know where you are in the ...

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Helen Dunmore's final collection on Costa shortlist

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Novelist and poet Helen Dunmore, who died in June this year, has been included in the Costa poetry award shortlist for her fifth and final poetry collection, Inside the Wave, which was published by Bl...

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