Twenty-six poets lined up for spoken word marathon

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A team of 26 poets will be celebrating Manchester’s first marathon in 10 years by staging a three-hour poetry marathon on behalf of Freedom from Torture on Wednesday 2 May at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, Manchester. Poets already confirmed include Ben Mellor (pictured), Segun Lee-French, Martin de Mello, Cathy Bolton, Col Bashir, Shamshad Khan, Elmi Ali, and Keis...

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Benjamin Zephaniah at Liverpool festival debate

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Award-winning performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah will be at Liverpool’s Writing on the Wall festival on 1 May at a debate entitled: Multiculturalism or muscular liberalism? at the small concert room at St George’s Hall at 7.30pm. Is multiculturalism the new whipping boy for the economic crisis o...

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Shoot, then ask questions ... Manchester gets its first weekly poetry night

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Manchester’s first weekly poetry night – Bang Said The Gun: Manchester - is launched this week at the Old Nag’s Head, in Jacksons Row, off Deansgate.

Bang Said The Gun in London is considered o...

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Gwyneth Lewis to judge Bridport poetry competition

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Gwyneth Lewis is the judge for this year’s Bridport poetry prize, one of the biggest around. The top three prizes are £5,000, £1,000 and £500, plus 10 supplemmentary prizes of £50 each, and the clo...

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Free Fringe look for poets to make their way to Edinburgh

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Poets looking to join in the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe, are being invited to do so without having to pay for venue hire - or indeed, their inclusion in the brochure. ...

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Rob Goodier at Write Out Loud Middleton on Sunday

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Rob Goodier is guest poet at Write Out Loud Middleton on Sunday 22 April. All are welcome to read their poems in an encouraging and supportive open mic environment, with entry a £2 donation. It sta...

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Paul Durcan heads line-up at Bristol poetry festival

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Paul Durcan leads the line-up at the Bristol Spring Poetry Festival, from 18-21 April. Other attractions include Carol Rumens, Sasha Dugdale, Pameli Benham, Matt Harvey, Lucy English, Rob Gee, Chri...

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Jukebox jury at Cheltenham poetry festival

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Cheltenham poetry festival moves into its final two days this weekend, with a huge lineup of talent and a crowded timetable. Saturday highlights include  Matthew Barton on nature poetry, Cliff Yate...

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Allison McVety wins National Poetry Competition

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Allison McVety has won this year’s National Poetry Competition with her poem To The Lighthouse, the Poetry Society announced last night.  Her debut collection, The Night Trotsky Came to Stay, was s...

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Slam teams battle it out in Cheltenham festival contest

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Four slam teams led by Amy Rainbow, Jonny Fluffypunk, Spoz Esposito, and Fergus McGonigal go head to head for the Cheltenham poetry festival cup at Cheltenham town hall on Friday 20 April. It takes...

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Homage to poetic heroes and heroines at WOL Marsden

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Open micers are invited to read from a favourite poet as an optional change from reading their own work at Write Out Loud Marsden on Wednesday 18 April. Compered by WOL’s co-founder Julian Jordan, ...

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Keisha Thompson at Write Out Loud Sale

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Keisha Thompson, a member of the Young Identity group of young poets and performers based in Manchester, will be appearing at Write Out Loud Sale at Waterside arts centre on Tuesday 17 April. Also ...

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Write Out Loud Stockport: it's tonight

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Write Out Loud Stockport reconvenes on Monday 16 April - NOT April 9 - in the inspiring surroundings of Stockport art gallery, under the expert guidance of WOL’s John F Keane. Entry is a £1 donatio...

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Charlotte Henson launches Pharmacopoeia

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Young poet Charlotte Henson is launching her second collection, Pharmacopoeia, at Bury library at 7pm on 16 April. Also on the bill will be Superheroes of Slam champion Mark Mace-Smith, reading fro...

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Big poetry festivals this weekend at Cheltenham and Bristol

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This coming weekend sees two big poetry festivals at Cheltenham and Bristol. 

18-22 April: TV presenter and poet Owen Sheers, hip-hop star Dizraeli, Penelope Shuttle, slam-champs Ash Dickinson ...

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Why do fools fall in love? Find out in Guildford

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Have you ever been a fool in love?  Pop Up Poetry at the Bar Des Arts in Guildford is inviting anyone who has a break-up poem or celebration of love to share to read it on Tuesday night, 10 April, ...

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Poems set in stone: launching the Pennine Stanza trail

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Performances and readings led by Simon Armitage at Marsden Mechanics Hall in Marsden on 12 May will launch the Stanza Stones “poetry trail”, a collaboration between Armitage and Ilkley Literature F...

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Wirral poets go busking at Much Wenlock

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The Wirral Alliance of Poets will be busking in the streets at the Wenlock poetry festival, and other poets will be found reciting, cart-wheeling, and drinking tea. The festival, which takes place ...

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Ian Duhig to judge Ledbury poetry festival competition

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Ian Duhig is to judge the Ledbury poetry festival competition, which has a first prize for the winner of £1,000, plus a week at a residential course at Ty Newydd, the national writing centre for Wa...

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US poet Adrienne Rich dies aged 82

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The American poet, essayist and feminist Adrienne Rich has died at the age of 82. Rich died on Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz, California, her daughter-in-law Diana Horowitz said. Horowitz said ...

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Gillian Clarke wins war poetry award

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The national poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, has become the first woman to win the Wilfred Owen poetry award, for a sustained body of work that includes memorable war poems. Clarke, who received the...

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