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From WW What's On - Art and Poetry Fest Link

The Natterbox café (link) Winstanley precinct Sat 8th March from 12.30pm

- a book signing by author and photographer Nicola J McKenna and David Neal
- displays of paintings by artist Alan Minshull
- photographs by Nicola McKenna, Brandon North and Geeta Rao

Four of Wigan and Blackpool’s best poets:

David Neal, Ian Whiteley, Mathew Derbyshire and Hazel Connelly.

The event is family friendly and is an inspiration to all that love the arts.

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Wigan WOL Open Mic Poetry (link) / The Tudor / 13th March 13, 2014 / 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Held on a Thursday every month.

At The Tudor Open Mic people crowd in to listen to bawling, drunken, old, young, new and subtle poets. Some funny, some melancholy, some political and some absurd. Come on down, all welcome!

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The Poetry Society Wigan Stanza / 25th March 2014 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Monthly on 4th Tuesday, at Little Fifteen

Wigan Stanza meet to share writing, reading and enjoyment of poetry. If you love poetry, this is for you!

The Poetry Society Wigan Stanza - link

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Wigan Words Festival 2014, Mon 12th May to Sat 24th May - link

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Creative Writing Class at Sunshine House, Scholes

1pm - 3pm on Mondays, £4.00 per session.

A creative writing class with performance poet, Louise Fazackerley - louisethepoet.co.uk

To book, please ring 01942 820026

Sunshine House (off Vauxhall Rd.), Scholes, Wigan WN1 3SD (link)

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* WordSlingers Slam 2014 - Tonight from 7.30pm to 10pm at The Tudor House Hotel *

Expect entertainment, comedy and tragedy as poets, old and new, from across the NW perform their poetry and compete to win a £50 prize.

Compered by Louise Fazackerley, for more info email: louisethepoet@live.co.uk


* I've written it - what next? - Sat 24 May 2014 from 1pm to 2.30pm at Wigan Library *

An informal session designed to help you get your work noticed and to learn more about the opportunities available. Don't miss this opportunity to network!

Free / Phone 01942 828271

* In Our Suitcase - Sat 24 May 2014 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm at Wigan Library *

The perfect Festival finale, as poetry and songs blend together in perfect harmony.

Spoken word and song by two extraordinary women: poet Shirley May, and singer Flo Wilson.

Free / Phone: 01942 828271

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* Poets Night Out - Friday 6th June 2014, 6-8pm, at Up Holland Library * (link)

A supportive arena for poets and creative writers of all ages and abilities to network with other writers and read to a receptive audience.

Read your own work, a poem or piece that you love, or just come along to listen in.

A local publisher will be on hand to give advice and tips on getting published.

Tickets are not required - just turn up and enjoy!

Up Holland Library, Hall Green, Up Holland, Lancashire WN8 6BW

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Waitrose Year of Poetry Competition

'Waitrose Year of Poetry begins with a selection of 16 light-hearted ditties written by Roger McGough appearing in various places in stores.

Each month, McGough will choose 6 poems to feature alongside his own. After 4 months of winning poems, McGough will judge all 24, choosing a top 3 that will be announced on 2 October, National Poetry Day.

How to enter:

Poems must be between 2 and 8 lines and should be related to the world of food and where it comes from. They should be thoughtful and friendly, and perhaps funny. There is no age limit for entrants.


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I'm on the show! Discussing women's poetry and war poetry @BBCRadio4 19 Sept- Women's Hour- 10-11am. Enthralling topic! Listen in :)

Scottish referendum, gay police officers, women poets (19 Sept) - BBC iPlayer (from 33:00)

Sunshine Writers at Sunshine House, Scholes - FB Page

A community writers group led by Louise Fazackerley, an award winning performance poet.

There are two Monday groups:

~ Health and Wellbeing Group ~ 11am-1pm
An informal drop-in session with lots of chat and some writing exercises. Free

~ Open Group ~ 1pm til 3pm
Structured sessions with writing exercises, taught elements and the opportunity to get feedback on your work. £4.00

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From WW What's On:

Open Mic Poetry at The Old Courts
Thurs 8th Jan, 8pm - 11pm

A new year and the open mic poetry night of Wigan continues.

2014 had some fantastic events but finished the year on the news of our poetry home The Tudor closing.

After two great events at our new home The Old Courts, January 2015 looks to be a time of reflection, of memories, but also of looking forward, hopeful for a continuation of our poetical lives, of sharing our writing, of supporting new poets, and of debating the merits of iambics.

We look forward to seeing you all at the first poetry event of the year.

The Old Courts, Crawford St., Wigan. WN1 1NG

FB Page - OpenMic Poetry-Wigan

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how many ways can I paint thee as thou art,
the glow of thy being, the warmth of thine heart.
I forget the rest, but its stayed with me this 30 odd years.

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How do I love thee? Not as much as poetry!
Come along to #Wigan Library at 1pm on 7th Feb for the GM county final of @poetrybyheart

A national poetry recitation competition for 14-18 year olds, aiming to re-ignite the nation's love of poetry!


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Poetry Night, Thurs 12th Feb 7.30pm - 11.00pm, The Bailiff Bar at The Old Courts (link)

Come and share your words of LOVE (or anti-love!) for our Valentines poetry night special.

An intimate venue, candle light, rhymes of passion and words of fervour!

Compere for the night is the fantastic Tony Kinsella.


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'I think, in our society, people have forgotten they can love poetry ... performance poets and Write Out Loud events and events in the community do take poetry back to the people.'

Performance Poet - Louise Fazackerley (link)

Open Mic Poetry at The Old Courts
Thursday 12th March, 8.30pm (link)

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Open Mic Poetry at The Old Courts
Thursday 9th April, 8.30pm link

And on Sun 26th April, from 1pm, Bard Company will be hosting a FREE event at The Old Courts - featuring some fantastic local poets, comedians and musicians...

Link - Bard Company

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Punk Poet Jeff Dawson to compere @WriteOut_Loud #Wigan Open Mic Poetry, Thur 9 Apr,
8pm at The Old Courts Free entry link

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It's the Bard Company music & comedy afternoon, 1pm-5pm today (see poster above) *adult humour*

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Our lovely poetry judge Roger McGough has made a short film for us appealing for your poems!
See it here

Facebook - link
Deadline: Midnight, 31st May 2015

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~ Open Mic Poetry At The Old Courts, Wigan, Thur 14th May, 8pm ~ link

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The Boulevard, 17 Wallgate, Wigan WN1 1LD

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@BigStevePoet: Open-mic spots filling up fast for the #Wigan gig on May 16th.
A right cavalcade of poetry on its way!

Link - Steve Pottinger (FB) / @BigStevePoet

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The first of our Open Mics - link - Last Saturday of every month!
If you want a spot please message us direct.
Prizes for participation!
Instrument : Voice : Spoken Word

The Plough and Harrow, Shevington - Facebook

The Plough And Harrow, Broad O'th Lane, Shevington, WN6 8EA

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Wed 27th May, 7.30pm - 10pm

We welcome you to our very own bi-monthly open mic night at Dochertys Hotel and Bar.
Every 2nd and 4th Wed of the month, come down have a turn, and enjoy some music and soup.

OPEN MIC - All styles & genres welcome, in house PA and guitar

Dochertys, 14 Upper Dicconson St, Wigan - Facebook

From www.wiganeventsguide.com

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* Open Mic Poetry at The Old Courts, Thur 11th June, 8pm - Link *

Link - Turnpike Gallery

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Philippa Faulks – Write To Publish Workshop

Thurs 17th Sept, 7 - 9pm, in the Derby Room (above Leigh Library) Publishing professional and author Philippa Faulks will be delivering a workshop on the process of publishing your work. From the initial idea to the finished book.

The event is free to attend, and is open to anyone over the age of 16.

For more details contact Philippa by emailing pip.faulks@gmail.com (Link)

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From Open Mic Poetry Wigan (FB):

Joy France started out at the open mic at Write Out Loud Wigan, & won the Commonword slam final in Manchester two years ago

The Joy of Slam - Link

Poets are being invited to sign up for Manchester-based Commonword’s Superheroes of Slam contest, with heats in Wigan, Huddersfield, Liverpool, Leicester, and Sheffield, before a grand final in Manchester at the end of October.

* Write Out Loud's two heats – Huddersfield 7 Oct, and at The Old Courts, Wigan 8 Oct (Link) *

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Wed 2nd Sept, 8pm, Open Mic at the Bowling Green, Wigan Lane, Wigan (Link)

Always a great night for the listener and for the muso's and poets to try out their stuff. Hosted by Pauline Blackburn

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Link - Superheroes of Slam - Wigan Heat

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@WiganCouncil - starting tonight - Tues 15th Sept:

Get down to the @TurnpikeLeigh this week for a series of 'in your face' poetry sessions

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Few places left on 8th Oct poetry workshop with @louisethepoet - Facebook

Thur, 8th Oct, 11am - 1pm, The Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton BL1 1SB

Places are limited so to reserve a space please e-mail

Suggested donation: £3

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Bard Company presents Halloween Hangover
Sun 1st Nov, 1pm - 5pm, The Old Courts, Crawford St, WN1 1NG (FB Link)

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~ Wigan Winter Folk Festival ~ Merry Hell plus friends, The Old Courts, Sun 13th Dec (link)

Merry Hell (25/11/15):
We're very sorry to have to announce that the 'Wigan Winter Festival', at The Old Courts, Wigan (13th Dec) has had to be cancelled due to circumstances absolutely beyond our control.

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Open Mic Poetry at The Old Courts, Thur 12th Nov, 8pm - 10.30pm link

Bring your poems, rants, stories and raps. Everyone gets a slot.
Compere for the evening is Darren Thomas.

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Wigan poet releases first CD to support Wigan & Leigh Hospice - link

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'Spoken Word' on its way to the Turnpike calling all budding young poets call 01942 404469

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The Princess & the Pea, with Louise Fazackerley, Sat 12th Mar, The Old Courts, Wigan, 11am & 2pm

Links: FB Event / www.theoldcourts.com / louisethepoet.co.uk

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Joanne, do you have to book.

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Really sorry, MarieM, I've only just noticed your question.

** Sat 30th Apr - Launch of 'The Papercut' from @louisethepoet - a spoken word extravaganza **

Come along. £5 in. 7.30pm. See poet shyster @TheThickRichard, upcoming comedy genius @ChrisBoyle11 and 8 slam stars!

Facebook event/ Launch / www.writeoutloud.net/

* Last Saturday of every month *

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A Clucking Good Night Out, Sat 14 May, Tudor House Community Centre, Hindley link

A chicken filled evening of poetry, comedy & more, with poet, Helen Kay, & comedian, Chris Boyle

All proceeds to Lucky Hens Rescue

Interview with Helen Kay - www.inkpantry.com (Mar '16) / Nantwich News

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The Paper Cut - Saturday Night Spoken Word & Slam (round 2)

Saturday, May 28 at 7pm - 10pm, Crawford St, Wigan - Link


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