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Free Children's Audio Story Every Day

Good House Keeping

You might have Joe Wicks' daily PE classes pencilled in at 9am, but there's a whole lot of day stretching out beyond that for parents and kids. So, a new announcement from popular children's author David Walliams is bound to be welcome news.

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Patrick Stewart is reading a Shakespeare sonnet a day

Theatre News

He's one of the most renowned Shakespeare performers of a generation, so it's only right that Patrick Stewart turns to the Bard while the public are barred from going outside.

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Voices Anthology

NOTTINGHAM POETRY EXCHANGE

We’re proud to present the first Nottingham Poetry Exchange publication, Voices. Edited by Ted Carolan, Rachael Barnes-Powell, Holly Humphreys, and Bethany Mitchell, the anthology features poetry by students at University of Nottingham. We hope you enjoy it!

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Poetry and Science
Free Thinking

BBC

Astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, poets Sam Illingworth and Sunayana Bhargava, and C19 expert and New Generation Thinker Greg Tate from the University of St Andrews join Anne McElvoy to discuss the parallels between poetry and Victorian laboratory work.

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Ian Wright
Desert Island Discs

BBC

Ian Wright is a former professional footballer and now a football pundit on TV and radio. He began his career at Crystal Palace before moving to Arsenal where he became their highest goal scorer of all time, a record only surpassed eight years later by Thierry Henry.

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Getting Off One's Butt
Couch Potato to Mardrid Marathon

Guy's Running Blog

There comes a point in every runners year when she/he has to decide that the post Christmas flab needs fighting.

This is essential if said he/she is going to continue to justify using the epithet ‘runner’ in his/her external or internal conversation about her/himself, to say nothing about her or his social media profile.

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Off the Page
Series 2 Episode 2

UoN Creative Writing Group

Welcome to series 2 of Off the Page: the podcast showcasing the work of the Creative Writing Society at the University of Nottingham.

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Retro Afro Muff
written & performed by Kezzabelle Ambler

Poems performed on Loughborough GCR platform & in carriages at a Steam Punk/Steam Train Event 28th Sept 2019

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The Memory Palace
BBC - 500 Words’ Bedtime Stories

 Dick & Dom receive an invite to the memory palace to share this weeks stories.

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Native American Writing
BBC - The Verb

Acclaimed poet Layli Long Soldier joins Ian McMillan to explore her poetry.

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Flash Fiction Results
Fosseway Writers

We had some wonderful entries for our recent Flash Fiction competition on the topic of ‘Nest’ and it was quite a challenge for Barbara and I to agree on the winners.

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Travel Writing Competition Winners
Fosseway Writers

Thanks to the judges from the Centre for Travel Writing Studies and to all of the entrants who submitted a worthy collection of wonderfully evocative and well-written pieces (see previous post for more details). Now, sit back and let these three winning entries take you far away.

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T. S. Eliot Prize
BBC - The Verb

Ian McMillan shares highlights of the T.S. Eliot Prize readings at the Royal Festival Hall

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In The Moment

Aspen leaves
shimmer in a light breeze

An outcrop
weathered and stained
by time and sun
with a backdrop
vulture soaring sky

Triangles of light
on a drifting river
dance and sing across the waves
driven by a warm
calming wind
as a paddle board
slaloms through martins
dipping for damsel flies

by
Guy Jones

Off the Page
Series 2 Episode 1

UoN Creative Writing

Welcome to series 2 of Off the Page: the podcast showcasing the work of the Creative Writing Society.

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Punchline
Ben Norris

Ben Norris performing at Uni Slam '17 on the 29th Jan.

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The World of Poetry Publishing
The Verb

A must for those who submit poetry and fiction to presses and magazines - the Verb takes a deep dive into the language of the poetry publishing world. It's a vibrant landscape, with publishers like Carcanet celebrating 50 years in business, and a whole host of smaller presses and magazine publishers thriving both online and in print.

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Common People
an anthology of working-class writers

Common People, edited by Kit de Waal is an anthology celebrating working class fiction, poetry and memoir…. from the woman at the bus stop, the hairdresser, the waiter…

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I Did React Lytisha Tunbridge

Poem commissioned for, and recorded during rehearsal of, Sticks and Stones, a play by Lucy Greaves, depicting the effects of Hate Crime on people with Learning Disabilities.

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Poetry reading at City Arts Stuart Whomsley

Three poems: The silent letters, Vegetable names, Old timetables

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World Poetry Day 21 March

We celebrated World Poetry day by sharing poems, links to poems, recitals and all that stuff.

We updated this page throughout the day with links suggested by our readers.

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Punchline
by Ben Norris

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A love poem for lonely prime numbers
by Harry Baker

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Seven Thoughts on Job and Depression
by Raych Jackson

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Piano
by D. H. Lawrence

Read by Jordan Harling

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Kung Fu International
by John Cooper Clarke

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Oh I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth
by Pam Ayres

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Tomorrow Has Your Name on It
by Roger McGough

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Poet Lucille Clifton Reads From Voices at the 92Y

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Whose Common Now
by Mark Gwynne Jones

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Shakespeare's Sonnet 116

Read by Juliet Stevenson

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Dulce Et Decorum Est
by Wilfred Owen

Read by Christopher Eccleston

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We Real Cool
by Gwendolyn Brooks

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The tree of liberty
by Robert Burns

Read by Old Gardener Guy

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The life that I have
by Loe Marks

From Carve Her Name with Pride

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
by Dylan Thomas

Read by Richard Burton

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UNESCO Cities of Literature bring World Poetry Day into the home

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World Jam Poetry Anthology reading at Five Leaves Bookshop

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And Still I Rise

by Maya Angelou

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Among These Turf-Stacks

by Louis MacNeice

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Red, White and Blue

by Matt Abbott

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Celebrating World Poetry Day

NOTTINGHAM POETRY EXCHANGE

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The laughing heart

by Charles Bukowski

Read by pete Wallis

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Manifesto

by Henry Normal

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In the Forest's Heartwood

by Aly Stoneman

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We are Nottingham

Georgina Wilding

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World Poetry Day

United Nations

Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

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The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost

Read by Tim Sorrell

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Virtual House-Warming

DIY Poets

Fri 27th March

7 -8:30 p.m.

 Join us for a special online open mic, sharing poetry, stories and songs in the comfort of your own home! We know there are a lot of people stuck at home at the moment, so we thought we’d do something different and try open mic via video link!

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Money
Benjamin Zephaniah

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Lady Lazarus
Sylvia Plath reading her poem

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Seascape: Port en Rae

by
Guy Jones

A wash of a light shade of blue
from one end of the seascape
to the other

On the bottom half
something of the same
reflecting
or being reflected
it’s not always easy to tell

A horizon
daubed thin and faintly
a distant mainland
with trees and a beach
barely observable

Work the bottom half
make it ripple
gently
and pepper it with dabs of colour
boats from every pay scale
leaning
lazy
in a low tide

Brush in
a white lace of clouds
over the sky
stick-figures in the sea
with their ghostly reflections
following
meekly
negotiating the Atlantic puddle

Then heat shimmer
the whole scene
of a breezeless day
that should never end

And paint in
somewhere
a pale skinned man
in an eccentric sun hat
watching
as his brain boils away

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