• Labelling Writers and Writing Labels

    There was a huge furore in the poetry world last week begun by Rebecca Watts’s article criticising what she refers to as ‘amateur’ spoken word poetry and three of its most successful artists – Holly McNish, Rupi Kaur and Kate Tempest. Part of the scandal was down to the personal, and arguably unkind, tone of…

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  • Bards, Idols and Liars – an exhibition at Room 700

    Since last blogging, I feel I’ve lived a whole lifetime. There is so much to say about Haunt, Wakefield Lit Fest, the young writers groups, a Forward poetry commendation, a project with women in a bail hostel, running a steering group for people with learning disabilities, a CPD session for support workers and the Love…

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