Gillian Allnutt at Beehive Poets, Bradford

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Gillian Allnutt, guest poet at the New Beehive Inn at Westgate, Bradford on Monday 9 May, has published seven collections, including Nantucket and

the Angel and Lintel, both shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize. Her
latest collection is How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe,
2007).  Time: 8.30 pm. Suggested donation: £3.

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Don't mention the royal wedding: Carol Ann Duffy's compromise

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Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has responded to the royal wedding by composing a poem called Rings that does not mention Prince William and Kate Middleton at all.

Rings, published in the Saturday Review of the Guardian, appears as part of an anthology of 22 poems she commissioned from poets ac...

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Early kick-off for Write Out Loud Middleton on Sunday

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Write Out Loud Middleton will be making an early start at the Ring O'Bells this Sunday, 1 May, kicking off at the earlier time of 6.30pm, and finishing at 8.30 pm. Hilary Murray is this month's gue...

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Catching the tide: Grimsby's Driftnet Poets

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Driftnet Poets of Grimsby will be joined by Paul Sutherland and Afifa Ematullah to read a selection of poems including a first performance of April Renga, at Grant Thorold library, Durham Road, Gri...

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Ssshh, it's a secret

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Radio 4 slam finalist Michael Wilson and Mark Mace Smith (aka Thud Dub) are guest poets at the Secret Writers Saturday Night Out at Indiependence, King street West, Wigan on Saturday night, 30 Apri...

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Luke Wright in Liverpool: special WOL offer

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Luke Wright, a regular on BBC Radio 4's Sony Award-winning Saturday Live - he also featured in Channel 4's Seven Ages of Love - is appearing on Wednesday, April 27 at the Unity theatre in Liverpool...

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Love in the air at Much Wenlock

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High streets shops in the fetching Shropshire town of Much Wenlock will be displaying their favourite love poems in a nod to the royal wedding, during the second Wenlock poetry festival taking plac...

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Backing poet's fight against deportation

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Liverpool’s Writing on the Wall festival presents a poetry evening in support of poet Lily Mosini’s campaign against deportation at the Bluecoat in Liverpool on Thursday 19 May. Reading with Lily M...

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Comeback kid: David Cooke ends his silence

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Congratulations to David Cooke, who has just published his first collection of poetry, In the Distance, in more than 20 years. David, a regular on Write Out Loud,  won a Gregory award in 1977 while...

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Imploding, inevitably

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A festival much-enjoyed by WOL members - click on the link to see the poem by Joy - is coming up again on 10 and 11 June. Set just 50 metres from the shore of England’s largest and most beautiful n...

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Ben Mellor’s CD ‘Light Made Solid’ – a review

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Ben Mellor won the Write Out Loud-organised North West heat of the BBC Radio 4 slam championship, before going on to win the final. His recently-released CD is reviewed here by Cynthia Buell Thomas...

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Dressing down to write?

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Do you wear special clothes when you are writing? This may seem a daft question – and maybe it is -  but according to a survey by the magazine Mslexia, only 48% of women writers wear “normal” cloth...

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Poetry contenders for Wales book of the year

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Three poetry collections have made it on to the long list for Wales book of the year 2011. In Doctor Placebo (Shearsman Books) by Alan Wall, pictured, Doctor Placebo as a medical practitioner brood...

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Linda Chase

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Linda Chase, an important figure on the Manchester poetry scene and beyond, has died after a short illness. A published poet with Carcanet, she was involved in the opening of the Manchester branch ...

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Arts spending cuts: poet laureate hits back

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The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has penned an angry poetic response to the Arts Council spending cuts announced just over a week ago. Titled A Cut Back, in the style of Louis MacNeice’s Bagpipe...

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Bristol's poetry extravaganza

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Bristol Spring Poetry Festival from Friday 15 April to Sunday 17 April brings together entertaining, inspirational and award-winning poets from the Bristol, the south-west, UK and beyond at the Anr...

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Arts Council defends poetry funding cut

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The Arts Council has defended its funding cut to the Poetry Book Society (PBS).

In a letter to the Times, Antonia Byatt, pictured, director of literature at Arts Council England, said the "reac...

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Blog back in anger

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Do you have something poetic to say about current events in the world? Can you say it evocatively, with passion, rage, compassion and/or humour? A new blog - Poetry 24 - is looking for topical news...

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Austin International Poetry Festival

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Describing itself as the ‘world's largest non-juried poetry festival’ and running from April 7-10, this open-mic-focused festival has a fantastic array of events and happenings.

There are readi...

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Stairwell Books link up with Dream Catcher magazine

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York-based Stairwell Books is to publish Dream Catcher magazine. Dream Catcher, founded in 1996, has had a reputation for the excellence and eclectic nature of its writing. The periodical has had a...

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