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A Guide To Spoken Word Nights In London

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The days of stuffy, pretentious performance poetry in empty hipster cafés are long gone. The contemporary spoken word scene is dynamic, playful and far from dull. This oft misunderstood medium is an explosive, thought provoking and beautiful (not to mention considerably liberal and left-wing) fo...

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Applications Open for Young Poet Laureate for London role

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

‘Being Young Poet Laureate for London has been an incredible experience. It has been challenging, humbling and rewarding. I've had really beautiful moments connecting with Londoners over the transformative power of poetry. It has been truly inspiring and I'm excited about the way it has informed and accelerated my work as a poe...

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Jeremy Paxman: poets must start engaging with ordinary people

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Jeremy Paxman, the broadcaster and journalist, said poetry had 'rather connived at its own irrelevance'

Poetry must “raise its game”, Jeremy Paxman has said, as he urged poets to start engaging with ordinary people rather...

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STOP, WATCH & LISTEN..... 'Mouse Trap'- Shane Romero's- Official Short Poetry Film

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday 30th April 2014 by Sinclair Farrell.

Release Date: 29th April 2014

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MouseTrapFilm


Director: Cliff Notez

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/Cliffn...

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Interview with Kierston Rusden

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Exclusive Interview with writer & poet  Kierston Rusden

Poetical Tv: What sparked your creative interest in becoming a writer?



Kierston: I was 12 when I first had a story published. It was about a witch adopting a princess and was very fairytale-like, lacking much though. It was placed in an anthology for young American writers and after that, I never stopped. ...

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The rise of spoken word educators in UK schools

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Inspired by successful programmes in the US, a new initiative plans to embed spoken-word poetry into UK schools. Jacob Sam-La Rose profiles the project and its Chicago roots.

Until September this year, Peter Kahn was perhaps the only full-time spoken word educator in the world. I met him in 2002 on a two-year sabbatical from his post in Chicago through a regular meeting of poets and writers I'd helped to establish in London. We soon found w...

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Are there more female performance poets or simply more successful ones?

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The spike in young female performance poetry champions suggests that visible role models can have real impact.

Sarah Marsh

Guardian Professional, Thursday 7 November 2013~ http://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2...

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Have We Grown Too Impatient for Poetry and Spoken Word?

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Having recently finished an English Literature degree and immersing myself in the academic study of poetry, I feel somewhat underwhelmed by contemporary exposure to the art form, a verbal mode of personal expression that speaks to each and every one of us. The word lives individually and collectively; it is a mu...

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A Poet With Words Trapped Inside

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Published: October 25, 2013~ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/nyregion/a-poet-with-words-trapped-inside.html?smid=fb-share&_r=1&;

Can computers talk black vernacular? This is a question that haunts Ntozake Shange.


On a recent evening, three days before her 65th birthday, Ms. Shange sat at the front table of the Nuyorican Poets Café in the East Village, listening to rich vernacular lines pou...

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Interview with Clairon Haynes

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Poetical Tv Interviews Poet & Author Clairon Haynes, Live via Twitter.


Poetical Tv: Live international twitter interview with @hitsongss are you ready to start?

Clairon: Yep, Let's roll.

Poetical Tv: Ok then, first off can you tell us a little bit about yourself, what part of the world you’re from etc?

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25 Rules for Editing Poems

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Rob Mackenzie at October 23, 2013~ http://magmapoetry.com/25-rules-for-editing-poems/

So, you’ve drafted a poem and you want to publish it or perhaps even win the Magma Poetry Competition! But, is the poem ready? Could it do with a few edits or a wholesale makeover? Below are a few rules which, if you keep them, will guarantee nothing but might be useful as an early warning system. The first thing ...

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Using poetry to boost the effectiveness of care

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Rachel Pugh

Guardian Professional, Friday 11 October 2013~ http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2013/oct/11/poetry-boost-effectiveness-care


A centre specialising in treating fungal diseases is using the power of poetry to enhance what the clinical team already offers medically.


For the past year, the National Aspergillosis Centre (NAC) based at the University hospital of South Manchester has empl...

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Reading poetry akin to listening to music

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Poetry is more emotive than prose because reading it affects parts of the brain linked to memories and feelings in the same way as listening to music, according to a new study.

By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent

Written words are processed by a ...

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