For National Poetry Day We Celebrate the Thriving North West Live Scene

Last weekend poetry took centre stage at Sonder Festival with a host of the North West finest poets performing at Sandbar and with the North Wests currently thriving live poetry scene it is no wonder. Manchester alone has a whole plethora of unique poetry events to delight your ears and question your mind. Word Central takes place on the first Thursday of the Month in Manchester Central Library, a...[Read More]

Q&A – Ashley Chapman the River Poet from the Big Smoke

Ashley is a writer and English teacher (currently teaching at Goldsmiths) and a good friend who I met during a few years living down in the Big Smoke whilst we were both living on boats in Limehouse, East London. From a random meeting I progressed to have a brotherly and scholarly relationship with Ashley, who is older than me by some twenty years or so, as he passed on literary references for me ...[Read More]

The Jazz Age Visionary who defined a generation – Jack Kerouac

Song for Jack Kerouac – Miles Davis – So What In the second of our profiling poets series I look at the infamous American poet Jack Kerouac, who helped spearhead the beat movement in the mid twentieth century and who is considered one of the most important American literary figures of the twentieth century. 241st Chorus by Jack Kerouac  And how sweet a story it is When you hear Charley...[Read More]

Q&A – Robert Steventon host of Punk in Drublic Poetry talks to us about his new book Birdfall

Robert Steventon is a poet well known for many years on the open mic circuit around Cheshire, Manchester and the North West. As well as writing poetry Rob also hosts a successful popular and diverse open mic night in Manchester called Punk in Drublic.  His is a voice that mixes a observant humour with a sardonic and at times cutting wit, with a clear social conscience and heart. – Chris Godb...[Read More]

The Reluctant Dissident Poet – Irina Ratushinskaya

Welcome to a new series profiling poets, in this profile I will be exploring the work of infamous Russian dissident Irina Ratushinskaya charting her life and her work, and the struggles and triumphs of her existence. These profiles will be a mixed affair, with media links and music to compound your exploration of the poets work,  as well as presenting the poems themselves, and some some music I th...[Read More]

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