We all know that the world has changed immeasurably since March. Almost as much as it has done since Write Out Loud was formed nearly two decades ago. And one thing that’s been clear for all of us to see has been the impact and durability of poetry. The flurry of online poetry events has ranged from local open mics nights to national award ceremonies. It’s been as heart-warming and inspiring as it has been utterly bizarre. I v...

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The first Native American poet to serve as America’s poet laureate, Joy Harjo, has been reappointed to a rare third term by the Library of Congress. H...

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A short film made last year for Refugee Week of a poem – a villanelle – by Write Out Loud’s Julian Jordon has won the animation category in the Royal ...

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Write Out Loud’s Gig Guide is back – but just for events staged online at the moment. Our Gig Guide – which provided the spur for the formation of Wri...

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Poetry in the time of coronavirus. Many copies of Write Out Loud’s Beyond the Storm poetry competition anthology have now been mailed out  - and thank...

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Has poetry sleuth Ira Lightman cracked another major case? It would appear so, judging by a recent public admission by a leading and multi-award-winni...

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The Australian newspaper reported Judith Beveridge as saying that “you speak as if the entire body and character of my work is made up of borrowings, ...

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During the coronavirus shutdown Write Out Loud has been looking back at some wonderful live poetry moments over the last few years … and re-running so...

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Jeremy Reed added a touch of sparkle – quite a few touches of sparkle, in fact – to the Aldeburgh poetry festival on Friday night. Sprinkling handfuls...

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Rishi Dastidar will be judging the £1,000 Kent and Sussex Poetry Society open competition. The deadline for entries is 31 January 2021. More details


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Liz Berry will judge the £400 Wolverhampton Literature Festival poetry competition, which has the theme ‘aspect of love’. Poets are being asked to use...

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The £150 Arts Richmond Roger McGough poetry prize is open for entries on the theme of ‘identity’. The deadline is 18 December. More details

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James Crews is the editor of a very timely anthology entitled Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection, published by Green Writers Press. ...

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