War reporter, MP and envoy Martin Bell turns to poetry

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The former BBC war correspondent, independent MP and Unicef ambassador, Martin Bell, will be reading from his recently-published poems at the Words by the Water literature festival at Keswick, running from 2-11 March. Last autumn Bell published For Whom The Bell Tolls, described as a “collection of light and dark verse” and a “personal response to his life”. Bell has written poems about Tony Bl...

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The Write Out Loud interview: Fiona Sampson

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Leading poet Fiona Sampson talks to Frances Spurrier.

 

 

It's a concern of some magazine editors that there are many people writing poetry but not enough people reading it.  Do you agree?  

Poetry Review gets 60,000 submissions annually.  It has 4,000 subscribers.  Why is this?  ...

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Loose Muse women launch anthology

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An anthology of new writing by women, featuring the work of 34 UK and international writers, will be launched at Whitechapel Art Gallery in east London, on Wednesday, 29 February, at 7pm. Loose Mus...

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Last call for submissions to new north-east magazine

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A new poetry group in the north-east, Out The Box, is making a last call for submissions for the first issue of its magazine. It describes itself as a “platform for writers to get their words in pr...

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Louise Fazackerley at Write Out Loud Sale

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Louise Fazackerly, winner of last year’s Wigan heat in the Superheroes of Slam competition; rising local star Eve Machin; and  Rosie Garland, just back from performing in Las Vegas, are the three g...

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Don Parry at Write Out Loud Middleton

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Don Parry will be providing poetry and music as special guest at Write Out Loud Middleton on Sunday, 26 February, at the Ring O’Bells, St Leonard’s Square, Middleton, at 7pm. Entry is a £2 donation...

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Naked Muse poets venture down south

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There’s a first chance tonight for southerners to see images from the famous Naked Muse Calendar project – in which male poets posed and female poets appended poems - with a private view and charit...

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Jarvis Cocker to give free reading in Cambridge

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Pulp frontman and cultural man about town Jarvis Cocker will be reading from his song lyrics on Wednesday 22 February, at 7pm, at the Lady Mitchell Hall, West Road, Cambridge. Entry is free, with n...

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John Hegley at Otley Word Feast

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An appearance by poet and comedian John Hegley and an open mic competition, plus a writing workshop  are the poetic highlights of Otley Word Feast taking place from 9-11 March in the centre of the ...

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Star line-up at StAnza 2012's Poetry Cafe

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Top performance poets will be joining the stellar line-up at StAnza 2012, which takes place over five packed days in March, with more than 90 events around the historic centre of the university tow...

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Eric Ormsby's vultures, cod-worms and baboons

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The vulture and the cod-worm and other unsavoury creatures will be celebrated  by Eric Ormsby when he reads from his collection The Baboons of Hada at Manchester’s Poet and Players at the Whitworth...

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Wanted: the Dickens of a poet

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In case you didn’t already know, this week marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens  - and we at Write Out Loud thought it time to remind you that he wrote a few poems, too. Here...

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Oxford professor Hill takes Carol Ann Duffy to task

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Oxford’s professor of poetry, Sir Geoffrey Hill, has rapped Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate, over the knuckles over her linking of modern poetry with texting. In a lecture at Oxford entitled Poe...

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Lexicon of love at the Heart cafe

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In honour of Valentine's Day, Becky Cherriman, pictured,  is offering a poetic journey through the  lexicon of love at the Heart café, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds, at 8pm on Friday 10 February....

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The family way: Darby and Yates at Write Out Loud Wigan

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Siblings John Darby and Christine Yates will be keeping it in the family when they take on the role of joint comperes at the Tudor, New Market Street, on Thursday night, 9 February, at Write Out Lo...

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Arts Council restores Poetry Society funding

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The Poetry Society has had its funding restored by the Arts Council after a period of calm following the row last summer that led to a spate of resignations, an emergency general meeting, and the b...

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Nobel Prize-winning poet, Wislawa Szymborska, obituary

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Nobel Prize-winning poet, Wislawa Szymborska, has died aged 88 in her native Krakow, Poland.

Merseyside Polonia, on behalf of Merseyside’s Polish community would like to express sadness at such...

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Once More With Feeling at Bury College

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Five north-west performance poets – Gemma Lees, Jess Green, Scott Devon, Rod Tame and Charlotte Henson – will be appearing in Once More With Feeling, the first performance poetry event at Bury Coll...

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STOP PRESS: Helen Oswald WON'T be at the Coffee Shop

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We are informed that Helen is ill so will miss this evening, though we believe the rest of the programme will continue, with Melinda Walker and Dave Pelling, and your host Ken Champion. Contact: ke...

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Beg, steal or borrow a Troubadour ticket

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London's Troubadour coffee house was THE place to be seen for the folksinger/songwriter  of the 60s and early 70s. Where Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Tom Paxton, Joni Mitchell, Bert Jansch, ...

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Death of Geoff Stevens, editor of Purple Patch

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Geoff Stevens, poet and editor of the small press poetry magazine Purple Patch for the last 35 years, has died in a hospice in Birmingham after a short illness.

His partner, Geraldine Wall, sai...

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Chinese dissident faces jail for poem on Skype

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A Chinese dissident who sent out a poem on Skype called It’s Time is facing a stiff jail sentence for “inciting subversion of state power”. Activist Zhu Yufu went on trial on Tuesday this week in H...

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