200 Slam Poets at Berlin Conference

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200 slam poets and organisers from 17 European countries will be arriving in Berlin on Wednesday September 30th for an international conference - the first of its kind in Europe. 
 
The four day event, sponsored by the European Union, will feature:
 
A variety of workshops and professional development sessions covering many aspects of Slam poetry
 
An international slam competition...

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WORDS & MUSIC COLLABORATIONS - Two Day Workshop

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The aim of the workshops is to enable six writers and six musicians to work for two days  in collaborations experimenting with the combination of text and sound stretching the boundaries of music and using words and sound in abstract/atmospheric ways.

 

Please note: this is not a 'songwriting wo...

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1st October - All Ireland Poetry Day, Derry Events

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National Poetry Day Across Ireland is on the 1st October and here are details of the events being held in Derry.

Café Del Mondo
, Guildhall Square will be celebrating National Poetry Day from 2pm - ...

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Speakeasy Open Creative Writing Competition 2009

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The [Milton Keynes based] SPEAKEASY OPEN CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION 2009 is now open. £350 in prize money.

Go to www.mkweb.co.uk/speakeasy to download rules and an entry form

Entries are invited by...

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National Poet Supports York Fundraiser!

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Renowned York-based poet Pete Morgan (photograph by Kippa Matthews) has agreed to headline a fundraiser in aid of York Literature Festival.

 

“There are famous poets of my generation and younger ...

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LINTON KWESI JOHNSON HEADLINES TUC's POETRY NIGHT

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In a highly innovative move the Trades Union Congress has chosen poetry as a way to celebrate the cause of 'decent work'.

Wednesday 7 October sees a superb line up of poets united around the the theme...

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The Dead House

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Having spent a small but significant part of my life dealing with death, it was incumbent upon me to enter those bland, lifeless rooms - better known in some law enforcing circles as - The Dead Hou...

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Martin Caplan R.I.P.

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Martin passed away peacefully at Bolton hospice on the 7th August 2009.

He wrote humorous, plaintive, home, war, hospital and performance poetry.

He was published in local papers and was a member of...

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Oldies Wanted in Manchester!

Calling all you slightly more mature poets & writers (that's anyone over 50!!)

Manchester Central Library are hosting an Open Mic on Wednesday 30th September, 1-2pm  -  this is to celebrate the Val...

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Performance Workshop - Towards the Open Mic

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Sunday October 4th

1.00 - 3.00pm at The Gregson Centre,
Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3ES

Faciitators: Ron Baker & Sarah Fiske - Ron & Sarah are Writers & Creative Writing Tutors and have been running Lanca...

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John Agard in Lewes - Thursday

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The well-known poet John Agard(pictured) is playing Lewes Poetry this Thursday (17 September). Lewes resident John - one of Britain's best-known published poets - will read from his two new books - C...

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Last Chance to enter Weaving Words Competition

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LAST CHANCE TO ENTER

WEAVING WORDS COMPETITION

CLOSING DATE - FRIDAY 25th Sept 2009

A creative writing competition for 2009 on an Environmental theme. Open to all writers and all genres. Free entry

Winner...

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PUREandGOODandRIGHT - Leamington - Sunday 27th

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PUREandGOODandRIGHT is an Open Mic poetry event which takes place at The Stables, Newbold Comyn Arms, Leamington Spa.

Each month we also invite a fabulous guest performance poet!

The next even...

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Wakefield's Red Shed is Back!

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Wakefield¹s own little poetic gem returns this autumn to present the best local writers to the Wakefield public.  First up for the autumn season on Thursday October 8th will be Joolz Denby, who has b...

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Essex Poetry Festival 2009

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The Essex Festival 2009 runs from Friday 25th September - 22nd October 2009

Various venues, including Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
Tickets range from £2 to £30 (concs ...

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Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2010

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Sponsored by the Frogmore Press http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk


The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2010 will win two hundred guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The f...

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WHY I'M HERE - Lucy English Book Launch

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Sun 13th Sept. 6.00pm
Arnolfini bookshop, Bristol.

Admission free.

A sense of place, a subtle sensitivilty to the nuances of people and places - these are rare gifts. Lucy and Sally have found poetry ...

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Bristol vs London Poetry Slam

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Bristol vs London Poetry Slam on Thursday 24 Sept 2009 at Hall 2, Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR. 7.30pm start. Tickets £10. Four of Bristol's best performance poets will face off aga...

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Rap Fest - Oldham

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Rap is Poetry, learn how to do it then have a go!

 It's a RAP FEST is on at the Oldham Writing Cafe on Saturday, 12th September, 11:30 to 13:30 at 

Canon George Hall, Chapel Road, Hollins, Oldham OL8...

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Freedup Manchester Change of Night

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Please note that this month the Freed-up poets night moves to the second Thursday of the month (10th September) starts at 7.30pm at the Greenroom, Manchester - full details and map in our gig guide.

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Blankpages Issue 14 - Free!

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This month's contributors and featured artists include...
Christine Morris / Hollyann Burton / Arthur Chappel / Mothertrucker /
artbysara / Joe Booker
Available online at http://www.blankmediacollective....

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Merthyr: A Literary Day Out

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On Saturday 17 October 2009, Academi and Parthian Books will be holding a day of events in Merthyr to celebrate two new Library of Wales titles set in the town.

 

Glyn Jones’ The Valley,...

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Two Poetry School Courses Coming Soon

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Here are details of two of the courses in the Poetry School's new programme which we would like to draw attention to. One you can do in your pajamas, one will help you earn money as a poet. We look ...

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FREE Slam Workshops, Liverpool for Young People

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Saturday 12 September:

The Poetry Society is running two workshops with kind support of the Bluecoat, for young people aged 13-19.

Nikki Blaze, Liverpool poet and Co-ordinator of Liverpool Young Write...

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Write Out Loud's September Newsletter

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Firstly, apologies for the lack of a newsletter last month. Computer error. Oh, all right then, we decided to go on holiday instead of going to the computer to do the newsletter.

We are devoting this...

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Söyleşi Üç Aylık Şiir Dergisi Volume 1 Out Now!

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The Autumn (and first) issue of the Turkish Söyleşi Üç Aylık Şiir Dergisi is now available to download in pdf format or read online as a virtual magazine:

http://soylesipoetrymagazine.com/

This ...

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Big Chill Festival

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Words in Motion at The Big Chill 6-9 August 2009

 

The Big Chill started as the Big Deluge, catching us out as we tried to erect our tents in the dark on Thursday night. How I laughed when I ...

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Calling London-based amateur poets. Fancy being on TV?

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 A new Sky One show wants hobby enthusiasts in South East England to go head to head with one another for a CASH PRIZE, and they want one of them to be an amateur poet, London-based for the pilot pro...

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