Misty watercolour memories...

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I suppose what I attempt to do is to connect to an audience. Which doesn’t sound very groundbreaking so far does it? But I am really interested in that relationship between entertainment and (if you like) the ‘high minded world of poetry’.

Therefore rhythm is important and the relationship that spoken word can have with singing for instance. To this end, I sometimes experiment with alternat...

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What I do ...

Gullible Travels

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Jonathan Swift, Isaac Bickerstaff, M..B Drapier and Lemuel Drapier had much in common - not least - they were all writers. Yet perhaps a more common trait that they shared, as well as their propensity for writing, was even more distinct - they would have shared the same underpants - because in fa...

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Review

How to be a Famous Poet!

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Sympathetic Sybil is Write Out Loud's own Agony Aunt, send your problem to sybil@writeoutloud.net

 

Dear SS

I want to be a famous poet so I need to know how to write poetry, how does on...

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Sympathetic Sybil

Reflections from Mirror City

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Tongue in Chic, Milton Keynes’ regular open-mic poetry event, will be hosting an anthology launch at the Central Library in Milton Keynes, on Saturday, 12th June.

Tongue in Chic is a voluntary ...

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News

The Pint-sized Play Wot You Wrote

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Do you have aspirations to be the Shakespeare of the 21st Century? ... or maybe even the next Ernie Wise? Well – here’s your chance, because the 2010 Pint-sized Plays Competition is waiting for you...

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The Heart and the Subsidiary

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If you missed Fatima Al Matar’s ‘First Prize’ –winning performance at last month’s slam in Wigan, then here is a chance to catch up with her work.

She has now launched her poetry collection ‘Th...

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Yeovil Literary Prize

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For the seventh year running the Yeovil Literary Prize hopes to attract entries from all across the globe, but if you want to enter – you’ll have to be quick as the closing date is Monday, 31st May...

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More from Write Out Loud's May Magazine!

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This month we are trying something different with more articles being added throughout the month - so keep coming back – you don’t want to miss anything!

http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/feat...

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Words @ Frome Festival July

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'Words' is an important part of the Frome Festival which takes place 9-18th July.

A tantalising array of literary events and activities on offer for this 10th anniversary year, combining well-k...

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The Manchester Poetry Prize 2010

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Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching the second Manchester Poetry Prize; a major international lite...

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Poets in 'Place'

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Poets from the Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza will take to the stage at Molly’s Café, on Moor Lane in Clitheroe, on Thursday, 20th May.

The event called ‘Place’ is part of the Ribble Valley M...

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Bath Japanese Arts Festival

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On Wednesday 12th May, the 2010 Bath Japanese Festival starts with a fabulous opening event at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (£3) and continues at various venues in Bath throug...

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Litro and IGGY Competition

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Litro Magazine, along with IGGY, is launching its first short story competition, and the winner will receive a grand prize of £2,500.

Litro is a free monthly literary magazine that publishes, n...

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The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2010

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If you are between 11 and 17 years of age you might like to enter the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award.

Now in its 13th year, the FYP award is now firmly established as the key award for youn...

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Writing Weekend in Wales -mid-May

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14th-16th May: Ceridwen, Drefach Felindre, Carmarthenshire, SA44 5XE. A few places are available, either residential or non-residential, on this fun, stimulating, encouraging writing weekend with t...

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News

The Bards - Cancelled

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A serious fire at The Magazine pub in New Brighton, has forced The Bards poetry group to cancel their regular open-mic evening on Monday, 10th May. And, because of the length of time the repairs ar...

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News

Is there a Novelist in the House?

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Crocus Books in association with Manchester Literature Festival present Is there a novelist in the house?  If you’re a previously unpublished rising star and have written, or want to write, that al...

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Here we go stark raving nuts in May

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 Well, what a month May is shaping up to be for cellestial phenomena that might affect your future by mechanisms that might be real and in ways that have a finite probability that they might occur....

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Horoscopes

May the Second be with you

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Welcome one Welcome all to the Editorial and Letters page of the May Edition of Write Out Rageous (the thinking man's magazine crumpet section of Write Out Loud).

You may (no pun intended) noti...

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Dear Dermot.

That's what I call creative!

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Here are six more photos to make some sort of creative reaction too... whether it's a poem, flash fiction, short sentence, a short story, six words describing each image, a poem, screenplay, or if ...

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Picture this

Welsh Poetry Competition

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Thanks to success in the past three years, the fourth international Welsh Poetry Competition has a first prize this year of £300, a second of £150, and a third of £75.

Your poem can be in any s...

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News

Poet-Tree

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The Poet-Tree Forest is an exhibition of art and poetry at the Arc Community Gallery in Stockport, that will run from Monday, 26th April until Friday, 18th June.

Arc is an organisation which is...

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Poet in Residence Wanted for Ilkley Festival

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Ilkley Literature Festival, the North’s most dynamic literary festival, is seeking a Poet in Residence for the 2010 Festival in October.

The residency is an opportunity for a poet based in, or...

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Holding On and Looking Out by David C Johnson

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This latest collection of poems from Bristol poet and spoken word performer David C Johnson made me slightly apprehensive at first as it is recommended by the author that they are to be ‘read in be...

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Review

Flaming June. Flaming cow.

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What do the heaven's tiny pimple's have in store for you this week?  Twinkle twinkle little stars what's this latest bunch of

 predictions...

 

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 19)

 

Mid-...

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Horoscopes

Hammer and Tongue, UK Slam Final!

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On Monday 3rd May, eight previous slam winners go head to head in a three round contest of spoken word to win a place in the UK National Slam. With judges picked from the crowd and audience feedback...

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News

Beautiful Girl

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This month's poem was chosen by Sophie Hall, Last months winner.

Sophie says of it, "It's my favourite type of poetry, comic, with Ogden Nash style rhyming."

Find out more about Mab and her...

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Poem of the month

Bernard Bresslaw's Post un-PC Carry On Characters Lament

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This month’s mixed identities and poetic words from the laboratory of Dr Van Kinston are –

 

Ask me no more: the moon may draw the sea.

I have a black look I do not like.

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Twins?

Catch Last Orders in the Poet's Head

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This month's exercise has been inspired by an extended period of drunkenness that was held as a mark of respect for the editor's birthday towards the end of last month...

 

Write down 5 nou...

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Workshop exercise of the month

Cryptic Poem 005: Advice to Young Atheists Attending Church Social Functions

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Okay, folks. Another easy one for you on a playful Christian V Atheist theme, if such a thing is possible. The rhymes are very silly, and the rhyme scheme is AABB, CCDD, EEEE, FFFF.

 

If yo...

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Cryptic Poem

General Election

Wafts is a Beachcomber type column where you can expect the unexpected...

MY PREDICTIONS FOR WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF ANYONE WINS THE GENERAL ELECTION

 

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Wafts

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