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Mark Grist at Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

Forward Poetry’s poet in residence, Mark Grist, is taking his poetry show Rogue Teacher to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. Mark Grist was a secondary school teacher who decided mid-recession to leave the 9-5 job behind and become a full time poet.

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Edward Lear's Bicentury

Edward Lear, known for being a great English artist, illustrator, author and poet, is renowned today primarily for his nonsense poetry and especially his limericks. We celebrate his 200th Birthday on 12th May 2012.

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Dickens 2012

Dickens 2012 is a celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens which will take place to mark the bicentenary of his birth on 7th February 2012. Events are taking place all over the UK and overseas, including plays in theatres, exhibitions, workshops and competitions.

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Burns Night

Burns Night is celebrated every year on the 25th January to celebrate Robert Burns, one of the best loved and most celebrated poets of his time.


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Wenlock Poetry Festival 2012

Wenlock Poetry Festival is fast becoming one of the top poetry festivals in the UK. It will be held between the 13th - 18th April 2012 at the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock  'the perfect place for poetry'.


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The Aldeburgh International Poetry Festival

The Aldeburgh International Festival is celebrating its 23rd festival this year on the 4th - 6th November 2011. The festival is bringing poets from all around the UK and beyond and has many events to take part in such as craft talks, readings and discussions.

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Channel 4 Announces Spoken Word Competition Winner

Spoken Word competition invited poets to create and submit a piece based on a random event/experience to accompany the Channel 4 program 'Random'.

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Channel 4 Announces Spoken Word Competition Winner

Channel 4 has announced their spoken word competition winner. The winning piece was produced and aired on Channel 4 on 23rd August. This competition invited poets to create and submit a piece based on a random event/experience to accompany the Channel 4 program 'Random'. Read more to find out who was chosen as the overall winner.

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Kings Lynn Literature Festival

On the 23rd - 25th September 2011 The King's Lynn Literature Festival will be held in the King's Lynn town hall. This festival invites you to go along and have the opportunity to meet authors such as Matthew Sweeney, Wendy Cope and many more, as well as hear them reading and browse their bookstalls.

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NAWG Festival of Writing

From the 2nd - 4th September 2011 the NAWG Festival,open to all, will be held at Ancaster Hall of Residence, University Park Campus in Nottingham.


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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival  takes place between the 5th and 29th of August in Scotland's capital city. This is the largest arts festival in the world with over 40,000 performances and more than 2,500 shows packed into 250 venues across the city.

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Panel for 2011 Man Booker Prize announced

The full judging panel for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction is announced today, Thursday 25 November 2010.

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