Wales Announces New National Poet

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Following their recent rugby Grand Slam victory, the Welsh have experienced a surge in national pride. As the feelgood factor spreads across Wales, areas outside the rugby field are expected to benefit from this recent win. It couldn’t be a better time to be Welsh. Nefyn-born pop singer Duffy stormed the charts, the successes of Torchwood and Dr Who is making Cardiff the premier destination...

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Lived it? Dreamt it? Write it!

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The second Bruntwood Playwriting Competition for the Royal Exchange aims to find new plays, new playwrights and new voices.

If you've never written a play before, log onto www.writeaplay.co.uk to find all you need to inspire and direct you; from how to structure the scenes to how to develop chara...

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Win £10k with your poetry

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The Manchester Poetry Prize 2008 First prize: £10,000 Deadline for
entries: 1st August 2008. The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching The Manchester Poetry Prize - a new ...

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Top Authors Heading To Wirral's BookFest

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A cultural ‘first’ for Wirral this year is a new literary festival ?" Wirral BookFest ?" which offers more than 20 book-related events across the borough.

The festival - which ta...

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Hovis In Wonderland

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Hovis in Wonderland, a play for voices, adapted by Dave Morgan from Hovis Presley’s Poetic off Licence, technical production by Kevin Bates, Bolton Little Theatre, Hanover Street, Bolton, Friday 28 ...

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Short Story Submissions Required Urgently

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Short Story submissions are urgently needed on the subject of “Contemporary Courtship” - Closing date for submissions is Thursday 10 Apr 2008. Contact Helen Bayer & Teresa Bayer hmbtab@googlemail...

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Bank Street Writers Poetry Competition 2008

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Poems: up to 40 lines, any subject and style.

Judge: Linda Chase

Linda Chase is an American poet, living in Manchester, who teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University and r...

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Wigan Words ‘08 Literary Festival

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The Leigh and Wigan Words ‘08 Literary Festival is on us - Check our gig guide for full details of events.

As ever, there will be something for you all this year. Jim Eldridge, perhaps the most proli...

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Revolution Now!

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Gob Squad are holding an international Workshop in Nottingham from 8th to 11th July at a cost of £100. Find out more about Gob Squad at www.gobsquad.com
The 2008 workshop will be the first stage of ...

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Voodoo Word Circus Wants You

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Calling all actors, performers with an interest in performance poetry, spoken word, dark cabaret or/and multi-media!

Auditions: Sunday 13 April, The Round, Lime St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 2pm.
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North West Writers Surgery / Coaching Sessions

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Are you a new writer* based in the North West of England? If so, would you like a one-to-one writer’s surgery/coaching session to discuss your work and your ambitions? Commonword is launching a fr...

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Suddenly It’s Hovis!

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Suddenly the world’s awash with things going on about our friend, the late lamented Hovis Presley (Richard McFarlane). Earlier this month Elvis McGonagall won a “Dead Poet’s slam” with some of...

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They Want Your Stuff For Folk’s Sake!

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Manchester based For Folk’s Sake is inviting submissions for its May issue, on the theme of ‘folk’.

For Folk’s Sake is a new zine dedicated to the current folk scene, and will be launched in c...

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Apples & Snakes Move HQ

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Apples & Snakes, one of the UK’s leading organisation for performance poetry, installs itself in new offices at The Albany in Deptford on 17 March 2008. The move comes at a pivotal moment as The...

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Bluecoat to Re-Open!

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On Saturday 15 March 2008, after a £12.5m redevelopment, the Bluecoat will throw open its doors to the public for the first time since early 2005. Full details can be found at  http://www.thebluecoat...

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Huddersfield Literature Festival

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The Huddersfield Literature Festival is taking place between 7th and 16th of March.

Full details of the festival can be found at http://www.litfest.org.uk/ but events include:

Joanne Harris, ...

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John Oxendale R.I.P.

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Poet-puppeteer John Oxendale died suddenly but peacefully in his sleep on the 27th January, 2008 at the age of 55. With his company, Rubber Pig Productions, Jon was a poet and performer with a differe...

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Wanted NW Writers and Artists

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Litfest is looking for writers and artists to work on a series of innovative creative writing projects in prisons.

We are running six short-term residencies across Lancashire prisons during May 2008 fo...

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Students - Win A Trip To France And £100

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Do you have a passion for France? Are you a Francophile with a story to share? The Franco-British Council, in conjunction with Prospect magazine, is inviting those aged between 16 and 25 to submit a...

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Rare as a Green Bitch – International women’s week event

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Weds 5th March at Contact Theatre, 7.00 pm. Free event (tickets from box office 0161 274 0600)
Visuals, music improv and spoken word from Lisa B, Bunty Looping, Urban Geisha, Caro Snatch, Jaheda Choud...

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Hovis Triumphs in Dead Poets Slam!

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Hovis Presley saw off Allan Ginsberg, WH Auden, Ts Eliot and Thomas Hardy in the Dead
Poets Slam in Totnes and emerged triumphant!
Nobody in the audience confessed to knowing Hovis but now they do.Elvi...

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Poem of the month: Double Negative

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Sally Jenkinson’s poem challenges us to find the positives in the negatives, the tenderness in its abrasion.
Last month's poem of the month writer, Catherine Smith, has chosen Sally’s piece becaus...

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Last month's poem of the month writer,Catherine Smith, has chosen this month's poem. Catherine says,"I really loved Sally Jenkinson's poem, it is resonant, sexy, brave. Great stuff." Find out more...

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