Small oases of peace & magic in otherwise mad days

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That's how Manchester Library’s lunchtime poetry sessions, curated by that wonderful literary impresario, Libby Tempest, have been described.

Mad days indeed, with their colleagues in other authorities closing libraries (is that not more violent than smashing a window?) what a thrill, how reassuring, to see Manchester running lunchtime poetry gigs. (That’s 'dinner time' to us northerners.)

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I knew Siegfried Sassoon: memories of a fox-hunting man

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Siegfried Sassoon was one of the great first world war poets. He won the Military Cross, then became a conscientious objector, and met Wilfred Owen when he was sent to Craiglockhart hospital in Scotland by the powers-that-be to get him out of the news. He was also an excellent cricketer and playe...

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Cooper Clarke, Hegley, and loads of open mic at Cheltenham Poetry Festival

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There are some cracking events on at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival that starts this week and runs from 31st March to 3rd April 2011.

Yep, John Cooper Clarke, John Hegley, Bohdan Piesecki and ...

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Spoken Word All Stars at Cardiff Pierhead tonight

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Tonight, 31 March, Cardiff’s Pierhead hosts its first arts event when Spoken Word All Stars, make their first foray into Wales.
With five poets and one musician, the free show includes internatio...

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Join the Write Out Loud BIG Weekend - £30 off for last few places

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First come first served for a £30 last minute discount for an absolute bargain poetry fun weekend.

This whole event was brilliant! said one participant at our last Write Out Loud BIG weekend. W...

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Website went AWOL: world wonders why

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Write Out Loud went quiet yesterday,

your wordless screens all blank.

We don’t yet know what happened,

who to blame (or who to thank?).

 

Sure it’s not political,

Pentagon, ...

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Anne Stevenson and Penelope Shuttle at Camden

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Anne Stevenson and Penelope Shuttle are performing at the latest Camden monthly poetry evening, presented by Ruth O’Callaghan, to raise money for the homeless.

Poets from the floor are very wel...

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Innverse: it's back tonight

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Innverse, a poetry readaround - no sign-up, no mic, no pressure – has returned to Sanbar in Grosvenor Street, Manchester.  Started three years ago by Simon Rennie who wanted a space for everyone to...

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A well-named writers' group

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Here's a great name for a writers' group, COZI Writers. It sounds all pipe and slippers by the fireside, all friendly-like. So it ought to be, being run by ex-Write Out Loud coordinator for Sale, S...

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Poetry and music at festival in Co Galway

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There’s a fine and eclectic lineup of writers and music at the Fourth Forge at Gort Literature Festival this Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 March, at Gort, Co Galway, organised by the Western Write...

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Earlier start for Write Out Loud Middleton

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Write Out Loud Middleton will be at the earlier time of 5-7pm this Sunday, 27th March because of a music act taking place afterwards at the Ring O' Bells.

This month's guest, Rod Whitworth, a wel...

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Tenby Arts Festival writing competition

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The 2011 Tenby Arts Festival Writing Competition is now open. Closing date for entries is 15 July,  2011. There are two categories  -  short story and poetry - and prizes are the same for each cate...

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£10,000 Manchester Fiction Prize, 2011

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Under the direction of Carol Ann Duffy, MMU’s Writing School launches its second Manchester Fiction Prize of £10,000 for the best short story, open internationally to new and established writers 16...

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Spooked in Worcester: calling all gothic, horror, sci-fi and fantasy fans

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Calling all writers, poets, musicians, performance artists, actors and comedians - ‘42’ is Worcester’s gothic, horror, sci-fi and fantasy open mic night on Friday 25 March for all those who love th...

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Red Shed OPEN POETRY COMPETITION 2011

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Wakefield's finest (poetry organisation) is keen to receive your poem and to pay you £100 for it - providing it wins, of course. the REd Shed poetry competition, 2011, is now open.

Prizes: 1st ...

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Write Out Loud at Sale on World Poetry Day

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On a Monday for one month only!
Write Out Loud presents...
...A great event at the Waterside with an open mic and three superb guests.
First time readers are especially welcome. Open mic spaces ...

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£5,000 Poetry competition deadline approaching

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The 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition is open and waiting for your entry. The first prize-winner will walk away with a cheque for £5,000 for just one poem. And with further prizes of £5...

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Spring is in the air, and slams are gambolling everywhere!

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Slam poets have an embarrassment of events to choose from over the next month with 12 listed on the gig guide (see list, below)

Not everyone’s cup of tea, slams can be divisive or great fun, de...

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Luke Wright and Elvis McGonagall at Word of Mouth, Bristol

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March’s Word of Mouth sees two of Britain’s most exciting poets take over the Bristol Old Vic’s Basement for a night of razor-sharp spoken word, and it's all hosted by Byron Vincent

Cynical Bal...

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LIGHT MADE SOLID, Ben Mellor's new CD

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Described by Lemn Sissay as “a pure undiluted talent, concentrated”, Ben Mellor was a winner of the Write Out Loud organized North West heat, and went to become national champion, of the 2009 BBC R...

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That Takes Ovaries – performance and open mic with a difference!

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Not strictly poetry perhaps, but Liverpool’s Unity Theatre hosts a unique celebration of women’s courage, perseverance  and outrageousness with real-life stories  from around the world; from  the d...

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Standing room only for Liz Bentley at February Write Angle

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February's Write Angle had people rushing to get in – till there was standing room only. Many new people, along with those who 'won't miss it' . The word is spreading – or should we say the fame of...

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Write Angle Petersfield

Doing the Standing Still

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I remember going to a poetry reading at the Bluecoat, in Liverpool, a few years back.  Gordon D Henry was reading and there was a Q&A session after.  The first question asked from the audience left...

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What do you get if you cross a cat with a weazle? A: |cat x weazle x sin (theta)|, where theta is the angle between

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What a honky-tonking, stonking

Poetry performing, barnstorming

Guitar-strum, maelstrom,

Meek and haughty

cello and piano-their-forte

All-singing, all-words-dancing,

Dynamic,...

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Dudley Sutton appearing at London's BEAT

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Dudley’s list of screen roles is legendary, but now he is playing with words, in his ”struggle against respectability” as he calls it.Cult actor Dudley Sutton will be appearing at London’s BEAT poe...

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Performing spoken word master class at Lancaster University

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Breaking Cycles is a master class provided by Benji Reid to allow you to expand your range as a performer and gain a better understanding of the relationship between action and the spoken word.

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