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workshop eight – book spine poetry

Be inspired by the book titles on your bookshelf

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News from Dawn Gorman at Words & Ears

Poetry events coming up in Wiltshire

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poetry space workshop five

Four poets delve into the world of proverbs for inspiration. Thanks Leela Gautam, Isobel Davis and Michael Docker for sending in your poems.

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poetry space workshop – four

Poems from Michael Docker and Leela Gautam.

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Poetry Space Competition 2017

Poetry Space Competition 2017 is now open for entries through to June 30th 2017.

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poetry space workshop – one

Welcome to the first of a series of poetry workshops designed for you to use at home on your own or to get together with friends. You can also submit resulting poems to Poetry Space by Saturday 5th November. Workshops will be posted fortnightly normally on a Saturday however for this first one you have two extra days to get started. No voting involved but feedback on poems included in the selection or on your experience of taking part will be welcome.

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Archive of photos and poems from the challenge

The photographs and poems in the archives below were all submitted for the photo and poem challenge. 58 visual prompts were posted over two years. These will eventually be published in book form hopefully in 2017. I’ll keep you posted. Archive of entries – Week 1 to 10 Not so well laid out in these early • Read more…

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Poetry Space Competition 2016

Poetry Space Competition 2016 closed on June 30th with 249 entries. All entries are now with our judge Myra Schneider. Results by mid September.

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Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes – Introductory workshop, Bristol in May

Saturday 21st May 2016 (Bristol) Take part in a workshop in creative writing for therapeutic purposes, hear an introductory talk, meet students and ask questions. Cost: £75.00 (Please bring your own lunch). Location: Bristol (Clifton) on Saturday 21st May 2016 from 11.00am – 5.00pm with Graham Hartill & Claire Williamson Students who do the course • Read more…

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Week 53 – entries and results

An intriguing photographic prompt which I know you all found tough. The winner from the readers’ vote is Get a grip sky by Richard Holler. Many congratulations to him and to everyone who had a go.

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Week 52 -entries and results

Read winning poem The Ruddock by Tomas Bird and the others from week 52 of the photo and poem challenge. Congratulations to Tomas and to David Waters for the use of the beautiful photograph.

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Week 51 – entries and results

All the poems inspired by the Week 51 photograph by Krys Kelly with all writers’ names revealed. The winner is Susan Castillo-Street with Bordello.

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Week 50 – entries and results

Photo and Poem Challenge – week 50 – results

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Week 49 – entries and results

Please vote for yourfavourite poem from those submitted (Votes to be in by 4th December)

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Week 49 – entries and results

Please vote for yourfavourite poem from those submitted (Votes to be in by 4th December)

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Week 51 – entries and results

Please send in poems inspired by this lovely photograph taken by Krys Kelly. Deadline Saturday 30th January. Free entry.

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Week 47 – entries and results

Eight poems written in response to a lovely photograph by Lizzie Ballagher. The winner is Angie Butler.

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Poetry Space Competition 2015 – RESULTS

The judging is now complete and thanks are due to John Siddique for doing a wonderful job and all of the poets who entered and supported the competition this year.   Top three poets are: Ama Bolton, Corin Greaves and Victoria Gatehouse. Please go to Poetry Space Competition  for the full results.

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Summer reading from Poetry Space

Recommend some summer reading from the Poetry Space collection and earn yourself a free book!

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Week 46 – Entries and results

Names added so you can read and enjoy again once more. The winning poem is Not Quite Warm Enough to Swim by Sue Spiers.

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Short story contest – winners

Announcing the winners in the short story contest.

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Week 40 – entries and results

Ten shortlisted poems for the first challenge of the new year – week 40 of the ongoing photo and poem challenge

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Poetry Space Shorts – submit your short story

Poetry Space is inviting submissions for a new series of beautifully produced short story pamphlets. Each will have a striking cover incorporating a photograph or artwork and these are sure to become collectable. The chosen stories will be offered for sale in the Poetry Space bookshop and circulated to friends of poetry space. Writers chosen will receive twenty free copies.Deadline March 31st.

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Bath Poetry Cafe – competition – deadline 31st January 2015

Entries need to reach Sue Boyle by Saturday 31st January. Shortlisted poets will be featured on Poetry Space.

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Week 50 – poems for voting

  Week 50 – photograph by Susan Jane Sims   Sorry for the delay in publishing the poems submitted for the above photograph. Please vote for you favourite by Saturday 30th January please, 10am Poem 1 Free school   There have been approximately 150 shooting incidents in US schools since 2000   Ready for another • Read more…

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Week 39 – Entries and results

This week’s winner is Leela Gautam entering for the very first time.

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Lumen Poetry Series with Ruth O’Callaghan

If you are in London this is well worth attending:   Tuesday December 16th 2014      (doors open 6.30 for 7p.m.) Ruth O’Callaghan presents   Jan Fortune Launching her new collection   Slate Voices               Co-reader        Adam Craig Poets from the floor very welcome. Please leave the  poem you read to be considered for the next • Read more…

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The Interpreter’s House – Open House 2015 competition

Just had new from Martin Malone that The Interpreter’s House poetry publication has just launched its poetry competition ‘Open House 2015’ with judge Liz Berry:   Check it out here:  http://www.theinterpretershouse.com/competition

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Week 38 – entries and results

The winning poet was April Nicholas with Elephant in the Room

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Week 39 – photo and poem challenge

Week 39 – poems invited in response to a photograph by Eleanor Bennett

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Week 37 – entries and results

Week 37 entries and results – the winning poem is Herman’s Test By Tomas Bird

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Midnight Robin by Maureen Weldon – launching Saturday 15th November in Chester

  Maureen Weldon will be launching her very beautiful Poetry Space collection, Midnight Robin, at Stanley Palace, Watergate Street, Chester this evening – Saturday 15th November from 7 to 9 pm. If you are in the area do come along. Maureen has already previewed the book at a festival in Kiev recently to wide acclaim. • Read more…

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This thing called Poetry Space

A poem from Susan Jane Sims

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A Kindness by Sylvia Perry – Bristol reading

There will be an opportunity to hear Sylvia Perry read from her beautiful collection A Kindness, in Bristol on Friday November 7th. Sylvia is to be guest poet at Can Openers (Foyles Bookshop, Quakers Friars). This is a regular monthly lunchtime event from 12 to 1.30 on the first Friday of every month and presented by Claire Williamson. Do come along if you can to meet Sylvia and bring a poem yourself if you would like to read in the open mic

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Flowers in the Blood by Beverley Ferguson – launch in Bath

Friday November 7th. St James Wine Vaults, Bath, 7.30pm. Flowers in the Blood (book launch) with Beverley Ferguson and Susan Jane Sims. A chance to hear Beverley reading poems from her brand new collection, supported by Susan revisiting her 2010 collection Irene’s Daughter. The event is at St James Wine Vaults in Bath and starts at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

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The Book of Love and Loss at Bristol’s Arnolfini

The Book of Love and Loss at Bristol’s Arnolfini on Tuesday 4th November. Leading poets and contributors, Penelope Shuttle, Tim Liardet and Ann Drysdale, as well as joint editors R V Bailey and June Hall will be at the launch, reciting and discussing their poignant and powerful poems on the complex themes of love and • Read more…

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Welcome to Poetry Space Competition 2015

A heartfelt letter to poets from John Siddique to mark the launch of our sixth annual, international poetry competition.

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The Book of Love and Loss – launch at Arnolfini, Bristol

The Book of Love and Loss at Bristol’s Arnolfini on Tuesday 4th November. Leading poets and contributors, Penelope Shuttle, Tim Liardet and Ann Drysdale, as well as joint editors R V Bailey and June Hall will be at the launch, reciting and discussing their poignant and powerful poems on the complex themes of love and • Read more…

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Competitions from Sentinel Poetry

I have just had news of some competitions from Sentinel poet that might be of interest, all closing fairly soon:   SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY POETRY AND SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS (NOVEMBER 2014)   SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY SHORT STORY COMPETITION For original, previously unpublished short stories in English language on any subject, in any style up to • Read more…

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Week 35 – photo and poem challenge

Week 35 – a new photograph to inspire you this week

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Week 33 – entries and results

Week 33 – The winner is Shirley Wright with Defunct! Thanks to Chris O’Connell for the stunning photograph!

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News on Poetry Space Competition 2015

Poetry Space is delighted to announce that John Siddique will be judging its annual international poetry competition in 2015.

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Week 32 – entries and results

Week 32 – the winning poem was Blue Earth, Green Light by Lizzie Ballagher.

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Poetry Space Competition 2014 – FULL LIST OF RESULTS

Read the top three poems and a full list of highly commended and runner up poems all selected by Alison Brackenbury from the 223 submitted in this bumper year!

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Poetry Space Competition 2014 – UPDATE

Poetry Space Competition 2014 closed for entries on June 30th and the 223 poems were all read by Alison Brackenbury.

The top three winners are:

1st: Glen Wilson – For Want of a better word

2nd: Robin Muers – He’s settled in quite well

3rd: Angie Butler ‘Son, you’re 42’

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