Dial-a-Poem, a new nationwide student poetry competition, is now open for entries for telephonic poems competing for a chance to win up to £500 in National Book Tokens and publication.
In partnership with Nottingham Trent University, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the BT Archives and the Science Museum, and judged by award-winning poet Jane McKie, the competition calls out for poems which – directly or indirectly – engage with the idea of calling.
The original Dial-a-Poem was launched by the late John Giorno fifty years ago, and the service – via which users called in to hear recordings of work by essential and provocative poets of the time – will be reconfigured in the digital age by way of a mobile app for launch in 2020. Winners of the Dial-a-Poem competition will be offered the chance to record their poem for the Dial-a-Poem app and a sound installation in the City of Nottingham, joining a roster of celebrated international poets.
Deadline for entries is 10 February 2020. https://url4.mailanyone.net/v1/?m=1iYBYY-000AzY-5D&i=57e1b682&c=XdMCRhdIJbKBQQaHPPpaA1OKgUyksMsEaqw-EawCWsHhAQhm_5oWwG8G8WLAFjlKluowP7xY-nOGmATEPYkXLdchnkm0MYlua0K_0Ip75OSwVOtVhTuPAX3GiYK55UXe2P4OWxMaaQtdJ6dTNw-gU6cnNio38OW_q-5W1sRtied–5_OPaRDx1GpLB7husK7hLvGd2RJ1kWESwJm5O_BZgptowFFnKdtoeIQ1r8sSWNOXqigMjpdExmCpOnpsLebkRegIJcg2Y_Ul03Ic6iqkQ
An exciting event for those who love spoken word, don’t miss out! Details below.
Say Owt Slam #24 February 1st 2019 7.30pm The City Screen Basement
Poets have three minutes to impress the audience and win a cash prize. Highly Commended in the York Culture Awards, Say Owt Slam is an exciting and raw mixing pot of spoken word. Plus guest poet Lisette Auton, an award-winning disabled writer and performer. LIsette is one of Penguin Random House UK’s WriteNow mentees for her children’s novel based on the North East coast. All of her work seeks to make the invisible visible.
Hannah Petch reviews The York Centre for Writing Poetry Series event, with Poet Will Harris!
On Monday 25th November I attended the second event of this semester’s poetry series; a reading and Q&A with poet Will Harris.
Will Harris is a writer of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage, born and based in London. He has worked in schools, led workshops at the Southbank Centre and teaches for The Poetry School. Harris kicked off the evening with a few readings before partaking in a Q&A with Caleb Klaces.
Prior to that evening I hadn’t read any of his poetry, however hearing him read aloud definitely made me want to buy a copy of his book. My favourite was a poem set in Wetherspoons, which Harris claimed he didn’t read out that often, as it required a lot of energy. And it was definitely energetic! It was really interesting as a Creative Writing student to hear a poem like that, it seemed more like a piece of theatre than a poem; it definitely gave me a lot of inspiration in terms of my own poetry. His poem ‘Another Life’ was also really interesting and sparked a lot of questions in the Q&A that followed. Harris wrote the poem after being shortlisted for a poetry prize against another poet, whose politics he did not agree with, and then subsequently lost out to that poet. It raised a lot of questions about prize culture and, as poets, who we write for. There was an interesting discussion about whether we ever write anything just for ourselves, or do we always write with the knowledge and intention of it being read by other people?
Overall, it was a fantastic evening. Will Harris is an excellent poet, his first full poetry collection ‘RENDANG’ is forthcoming in 2020, I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for it.
There are also more events coming up in the poetry series next semester to coincide with the York Literature Festival with some fantastic poets, including Fran Lock and Mary-Jean Chan, already confirmed.
Find Will Harris on twitter or on his website for more information about his upcoming release and more of his exciting poetry!
“The best stories you find are the ones that find you.”
The idea behind Found Fiction is simple. Writers send in short stories, which are printed out, folded into envelopes marked READ ME, and left in public spaces for people to find. For York Literature Festival, Found Fiction is bringing its guerrilla publishing army to York for Street Stories.
Working with Creative Writing students from York St John University, Found Fiction will write short stories set in different parts of York – then distribute them in those areas to be found and shared through the #foundfiction hashtag.
A digital map will pin-point where each story is, inviting literature fans to search for literature created by and for the people of York, exclusively for the festival.
Call for Gothic, Supernatural and Horror Writing for New Magazine set up by recent York St John Graduates
From campfire ghost stories to eldritch screams on lamplight streets, the uncanny and supernatural have haunted bookshelves for the past century. Unhomely is the second anthology from GreenTeeth Press, introducing more fresh authors to the industry!
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Hosted by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, the Award is a celebration of excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction, and one of the UK’s most prestigious competitions. It presents writers with the opportunity to further their involvement with the literary world.
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Entries are open for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, presenting an opportunity for writers to showcase their Poetry and Short Fiction to international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world.
Prizes include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one-year subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.