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Flotsam - debris not deliberately thrown overboard that is eventually washed up and deposited on the shore for the nosey wanderer to pick over and collect.

This is a collection of well written pieces that this nosey wanderer has scavenged from the high tide line of the internerd.

We, the Poets

Welcome to "We, the Poets".

We're a bunch of writers on a mission to share new poetry.

To us, when poetry appears on the radio it sometimes feels like it's been hidden behind a glass case, or polished to perfection, hiding all the delightful chaos that went into its creation.

Well, we're here to rip off that glass case and embrace the mess just as much as the masterpiece it creates!

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Reasons To Be Cheerful
DIY Poets
@ Nottingham Poetry Festival 13rth June
City Arts 11-13 Hockley Nottingham NG1 1FH. You can also join us via Zoom

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Poetry Worth Hearing
Episode 23

This episode features an interview with Ruba Abughaida who is part Palestinian, part Lebanese. Her poems reflect the struggles of the Palestinians and of the peoples of the Middle East more generally. In addition to her own poetry, in English and Arabic, and her fiction, she is a notable translator of Arabic poetry, and, in particular, with Jenny Lewis, of the Iraqi poet, Adnan al Sayegh.

Struggle seemed an appropriate theme for this episode and the poems included here deal with public and private struggles of many different kinds. Poems included come from Lizzie Ballagher, Fiona Perry, Guy Jones, Alison Jones, Elizabeth Barton, Sarah J Bryson, Helen Overell and Kate Young.

The episode closes with a short reading by Michael Bartholomew-Biggs from his new collection, Identified Flying Objects.

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Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast
Episode 10 Season 8

This bumper episode was all about young voices starting out, new voices to the podcast and spoken word artists. Below are details and links to the guest stars…

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, OverCast, Player FM, Radio Public, PocketCast, CastBox, iTunes, Podbean, Podcast Addicts and many more platforms.

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Eat the Storms meets The Broken Spine Arts Episode 7 Season 8

A special episode of the poetry podcast featuring contributors from the new Broken Spine Arts anthology, The Whiskey Tree and co-founder Alan Parry reads from his new poetry collection 27 and takes part in the Behind the Storms chat. Hosted and produced by Damien D. Donnelly

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Herpetology by Leanne Moden
Ink Sweat and Tears

Leanne Moden is a poet and educator from Nottingham. Leanne was a semi-finalist at the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam 2018, and performed her first solo show in 2019. In 2020 published her second poetry pamphlet, Get Over Yourself, with burning Eye Books.

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28 Sonnets Later

This February four* intrepid poets set off on adventure into poetry territory. Twenty-eight* days, twenty-eight* sonnets. Let's go! (*sometimes more)

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Freedom
by John Humphreys
DIY Poets

johnhumphries John Humphreys has been with DIY Poets since 2006, performing with them at the Edinburgh, Buxton and Ludlow Fringes. He has also performed in a library with Henry Normal, run a workshop on a canal boat with Clare Stewart and supported The Specials as part of Nottingham's Splendour Festival at Wollaston Park.

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Into the mystic
Irish myths and fairytales
Heart and Soul
BBC

logo Many mythological creatures and traditions we know, love, and more importantly fear, owe their origins to Celtic folklore. Borrowed to create epic franchises such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, the countless adaptations of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Walt Disney’s Peter Pan, this programme casts new light on the subject.

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Hot Poets – The Call
Making the Planet Cool Again

logo Hot Poets is an ambitious, award-winning, internationally focused project turned CIC, working to powerfully communicate climate change science and action through spoken word poetry. The real stories of ecological innovation and hope we don’t often hear.

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Eat the Storms
The Poetry Podcast
Christmas & Winter Special Episode

logo Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, OverCast, Player FM, Radio Public, PocketCast, CastBox, iTunes, Podbean, Podcast Addicts and many more platforms. The poetry podcast is produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly.

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Tongue and Talk
The Dialect Poets: East Midlands
Poetry Extra

logo Poet Daljit Nagra chooses Tongue and Talk - The Dialect Poets: East Midlands with poems from Nottinghamshire.

Writer James Walker unearths the dialect poetry of the Nottinghamshire miners who penned their verse underground in the county where he was born and bred.

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Fictive Dream
online magazine dedicated to the short story

logo Welcome to Fictive Dream, the online magazine dedicated to the short story. We chose our name with more than just a backward glance to American writer and teacher John Gardner whose concept of the fictive dream remains a cornerstone of good writing. Powerful writing ensures that readers never slip out of the fictional world that a writer creates. This is the sort of writing we’re looking to promote here at Fictive Dream.

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Have You Heard George's Podcast?
Chapter 4: After Empire

poster Since its rise to international acclaim, the multi-award-winning "Have You Heard George’s Podcast?" has remained famously undefinable. In its explosive new season, however, this finally changes, as George the Poet pieces together fragments of the African and Caribbean independence struggles.

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Voices from the Peak

The fascinating quest of the poet Mark Gwynne Jones. An array of audio odysseys… and some marvellous Derbyshire reflections… The Times

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Ravelle Sadé

Ravelle Sadé It was amazing to be asked by the newly appointed High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire to perform at her recent Reception.

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Write Club Open Mic
Episode 3: ’I’m getting too old for this sh*t’

logo In this episode of Write Club Open Mic we're sharing new work from writers around the world about the joys (& frustrations!) of getting older. We loved listening to these submissions & hope you will too.

Just to warn there may be one or two moments of spicy language (the word 'sh*t' thanks to our theme suggestion). Otherwise you're all good.

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1980 Juneteenth Rising
By Laura Grevel
Featured Poem
Poets Against Racism & Hate USA

logoLaura Grevel is an immigrant, a performance poet, a fiction writer, and a blogger. She has performed her poetry in Texas and Europe and is a proud member of DIY Poets and Poets Against Racism in Nottingham, United Kingdom. She also participated in Poets Against Racism: In This Together 2021 and 2022. Laura’s poetry is eclectic and includes works tackling the immigrant experience, narratives, and character sketches. Her written work has been published in podcasts, online zines, and anthologies.

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Windrush Glowing on the Strand
by Ben Okri
The World at One Highlights
BBC

windrush38:45 Sir Ben Okri reflects on 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush.

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Litro
podcast

logo Litro Lab is our regular podcast, covering author interviews, documentaries, short story readings and real-world reportage. We welcome submissions of standalone short story readings and ideas for factual episodes.

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Eat the Storms
The Podcast Podcast – Episode 2 – Season 7

logo Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, OverCast, Player FM, Radio Public, PocketCast, CastBox, iTunes, Podbean, Podcast Addicts and many more platforms.

This final episode of Season 7 aired first on Saturday 27th May 2023, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to the guest stars…

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Dead Stars
US Poet Laureate Ada Limón
The Marginalian

Ada Limón “We’ve come this far, survived this much. What would happen if we decided to survive more? To love harder?”

We know that the atoms composing our bodies and our brains can be traced back to particular stars that died long ago in some faraway corner of the cosmos. We know what will happen to our own atoms when we ourselves die.

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Write Club Open Mic
Episode 2 : Take Your Shot

logo In this episode of Write Club Open Mic, hosted by Mark Grist with sound production by Chris Barn, we're here to help you set ambitious yet achievable targets as a writer.

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Three Poems by Laura Grevel
Lothlorien Poetry Journal

crows Laura Grevel is a performance poet, fiction writer and blogger. Originally from Texas, she has lived in European for 22 years. Her written work is eclectic, tackling the immigrant experience, storytelling, nature, politics, and even grackle squawks.

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Write Club Open Mic
Episode 1 : Introductions

logo Hey there, fellow writers! Are you ready to join a community of creative writers from all over the world? Then look no further than Write Club Open Mic, the podcast series that’s all about showcasing new writing and helping each other to grow.

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The Bull
Jake Thackray
BBC Recordings

Jake Thackray The bull, the bull is the biggest of all.
He is the boss, he is, because he’s big and we are small.
But the bigger the bull, bigger the bull, bigger the balls
The bigger the bull, the bigger and quicker and thicker the bullshite falls.

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Linton Kwesi Johnson
This Cultural Life
BBC

Linton Kwesi Johnson Reggae poet Linton Kwesi Johnson reveals the influences and experiences that inspired his own creativity. Born in Jamaica, he moved to south London in 1963 at the age of eleven. He made his name as a performance poet, reciting politically motivated verse to a dub-reggae backbeat, and becoming a powerful voice of resistance and protest in response to racism on the streets of Britain in the 1970s. He became the first black poet to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series, was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize in 2020, and recently published a collection of prose under the title Time Come.

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Eat the Storms
Episode 15 – Season 6

logo Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, CastBox, iTunes, Podbean, Podcast Addicts and many more platforms. This final episode of Season 6 aired first on Saturday 11th March 2023, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to the guest stars… Jane…

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DIY Poets 47

logo A Nottingham based poetry collective. Produces DIY Poets magazine and regular poetry events.

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Black Leadership
Ravelle Sadé

Ravelle Sadé Back in November I got commissioned to write a poem for Nottingham Trent University’s Black Leadership Programme.

It was my absolute pleasure to share poetry with the young, black and gifted students who showed up in force to New Art Exchange

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March Of The Day
Manjit Sahota

Manjit Sahota This is my poem for Gary Lineker and tomorrow’s Demonstration in London. “ March Of The Day “ Refugees Welcome Here.

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Eat The Storms
Episode 14 Season 6

poster Eat the Storms is a Poetry Podcast for all poets, regardless of the stages of their career, to share their voices. This international podcast is hosted and produced by Irish poet Damien B. Donnelly.

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We Give Blood
Leanne Moden

Leanne Moden Poet A poem about giving blood, inspired by the poem “When giving is all we have” by Alberto Rios.

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Journey's End
from In The Moment by Guy Jones

guy jones In The Moment is a collection of poems and short stories written by Guy Jones and performed in front of audiences in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.

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28 Villanelles Later
Andy Bennett, Leanne Moden, Russell J Turner, Fay Roberts

people in straw This February four* intrepid poets set off on adventure into poetry territory. In 2023, they're tackling a brand-new form! Twenty-eight* days, twenty-eight* VILLANELLES. Let's go! (*sometimes more)

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Wolves Lit Fest Poetry Competition 2023
Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists

wolves lit logo Our judge Jane Commane has now selected the winning and shortlisted poems from this year’s Wolves Lit Fest poetry competition, and it’s time for us to share that news with you. Our thanks to everyone who submitted poems to this year’s competition – we received entries from across the West Midlands, all over the UK, and around the world. Wherever you are, we thank you for your support, and wish you all the very best of luck with your submissions and all your future writing.

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Leanne Moden

Leanne Moden iamb

Poetry Seen and heard.

Mark Antony Owen

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Bonds
by Guy Jones

guy jones As well as being a member of DIY Poets Guy is the Writer In Residence for Hothouse Theatre, a community theatre and film project in Nottingham. He has written several fringe style plays and short films for Hothouse.

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Twenty Twenty Free
Ravelle Sadé

Ravelle Sadé I started to piece together a compilation
Filled with aesthetic memories
and highlighted occasions ...
I started reflecting on my productivity
in order to form a resolution,
As if this masterpiece is not worthy
if I am not constantly improving

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Land of the Grackle Squawks
by Laura Grevel
DIY Poets

Laura Grevel Definition: a grackle is a pest bird down in the lands of Texas. This is an original poem by Laura Grevel. Laura Grevel is a member of DIY Poets and has performed her poetry in Texas and throughout Europe.

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BBC 100 Collection
Celebrating 100 years of poetry on the BBC
ThePoetry Archive

poetry archive logo The BBC has long been a champion of poetry, and over the last 100 years has had a major influence in both its creative evolution and its national and global promotion. For the BBC’s centenary in 2022, we have created this brand new collection marking key moments in the story of poetry at the BBC.

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Personal poetry
by Manjit Sahota
from Poets Against Racism

Manjit Sahota Personal poetry
by Manjit Sahota
from Poets Against Racism

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DIY Poets

diy poets DIY Poets Nottingham poetry collective has been in existence for over ten years. The aim of DIY Poets is to give budding poets the opportunity to perform their work in public and get their work published.

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Lewis Carroll
Listen to Poetry

listen to poetry We currently have ten poems by Lewis Carroll. You can listen to them all one after the other using the playlist below or if you prefer you can click the links further down to read a specific poem whilst listening to it.

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Clio of the Depths
by Fay Roberts

fay roberts This piece was written in October 2017, from an Allographic workshop about animal poetry with Robin Lamboll. Sea Angels are, essentially, marine snails that ditched their shells a long time ago to glide through the water with their "wings".

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Whiskey Relief
by Camille McCawley

@ Word Wise, Derby

word wise The third of the Bearded Badger Publishing & Books poets Camille Poet performing at Word Wise as part of the Derby Poetry Festival

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Enough
Davanté Dunkley

@Real Talk Derby

davante dunkley Davanté is a talented, motivated and passionate 23 year old actor and spoken word artist who also has many other talents including dance, music and sports.

Davanté was a student at Aston Performing Arts Academy, Birmingham School of Acting and Young Gifted Brum as well as working with G.A.P. Entertainment where he had both paid and unpaid speaking roles.

Through Performing Arts Davanté has performed at many well-known venues in Birmingham such as The Symphony Hall, The Drum, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham Town Hall and many more.

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Depth
Ravelle Sadé

ravelle sade @realtalkspokenword Derby

This one is called Depth

Fun Fact: I take my words on stage for comfort👶🏾 because I rarely actually read them😅 ...Funny how the brain works, ayy

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Episode #189 Open Mic of the Air #11
Poetry Spoken Here

poetry spoken here The Open Mic of the Air is a project from Poetry Spoken Here that began just over two years ago. When in-person poetry events were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Open Mic of the Air was created as a way for poets from around the world to connect and have a creative outlet. Now, over 100 poets have been featured and we look forward to many, many more!

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And Yet
Lytisha Tunbridge

Lytisha Tunbridge Lytisha Tunbridge performs her original poem And Yet at the DIY Poets February '22 Showcase. This poem was originally published by #visualverse Thank you to City Arts (Nottingham) for hosting, recording & permission to use this clip.

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