Friday, 31 January 2014

Call for poetry Verbal Art +

p&g have been contacted by poet Vivekanand Jha - whose work featured in Issue of 1 of - and Rajnish Mishra to spread the call for submissions for not one but two literary journals: VerbalArt & Phenomenal Literature.

You can find out more here and here More on Vivekanand Jha here and here

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Todo é silencio

I stand upon the perilous edge of speech.

OEDIPUS And I of hearing, but I still must hear.
Oedipus Rex Sophocles

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Fragments update

The writing Fragments project has entered its next phase with the introduction of poets to writers (on a very wet day in Melrose). Both our meetings have hit on key Scottish holidays - St Andrew's Day and Burns Night - which I feel must be auspicious.

This time there wasn't much chance to wander round the abbey given the weather. Most of the time was devoted to a reading of the new work being developed for the project.

There will be further details posted on the writing Fragments blog itself here but it looks like the first chance to get to grips with the responses will be on the 5th April 2014 as part of the Fragments of Red event at Melrose!fragments-of-red/c1fca.

Deadline creeps up for issue 8

A big thank you to those who have already submitted work - and bear with us if we haven't replied.

On the whole we keep you waiting until after the deadline for copy which is March 30th 2014. This is really because we have a better idea of the shape of the magazine. We see a lot of good stuff and we want to maximise your chances of using as much as we can.

If you get something published while you are waiting let us know.

In the meantime if you haven't yet sent us poems, ideas or illustrations - please do. You can look at older issues of the magazine here

We look forward to seeing your work.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Shore Poets present Jamie, McKie and Pedersen 26th January 2014 Edinburgh Scotland

This weekend is the right weekend for poetry and Shore Poets have a cracker of a line up for Sunday night.

Get there if you can...not to mention the lemon cake. (Does it still exist? The one I tried was very nice. Perhaps this is what Michael Pedersen's Neu Reekie would term a raffle of the absurd...or even lemon curd.)

Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh  7.45 pm to 10.00 pm open mic and bar from 7.15pm. Admission £5 with concessions £3 (plus a pound I think for lemon cake raffle - you won't regret it!)

Full details here

Burns windows project in action

Some great photos of the poems now in the windows.

Hugh Bryden has more information here for you to visit virtually  and here or maybe you can visit the Burns pubs in Dumfries, Scotland for real and take a glass in memory before or on the 25th January 2014.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Hugh MacDiarmid live

Wake up with MacDiarmid or just listen all day...enjoying this resource on PennSound so much this morning (which has lots of other goodies too). What better way to enhance your weekend.

PennSound is an ongoing project at the University of Pennsylvania, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives.


You can listen to the whole of British leftish poetry and more here

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Words for the wounded

Words for the Wounded is a charity that raises money via writing prizes and donations for the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women. Funds raised go towards the Creative Arts Unit at Help for Heroes' Tedworth House Recovery Centre helping wounded service personnel gain independence and confidence.

£250 1st Prize, £100 2nd Prize, £50 3rd Prize. Closing date 11th March 2014.

Theme: a journey.

More details available here

New Writers Awards 2014

The line-up for this year Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards is now official and glad to say that p&g's own Bridget Khursheed is one of the recipients. A great line up of writers including poets Em Strang, Ann Elizabeth Mackinnon and Jonathan Durie.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Da Poetry Lounge, Los Angeles United States

This happens every Tuesday at the Greenway Court Theatre - originally built by students as a class project in 1939 to be used as a student social hall. There are open mic and slam nights so take your pick or watch on livestream.

9 PM Tuesdays at the Greenway Court  which can be found at 544 N. Fairfax Blvd, CA 90036. $5 (cash only) on Open Mic Nights but $10 (cash only) on Slam Nights which are the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

More information available here or here or you can join in by livestream here

Monday, 6 January 2014

Burns Window Project

With just six days to go until Burns Night, the Burns Window Project has got poems from Scotland, England and Ireland, but still plenty of windows to fill.

Poets should write their poem in a bold black pen onto an A4 sheet of paper, remembering that most of the poems will be read from several feet away.

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  • Mail to roncadorapress at
Poems should be the poet’s own work, written by them and signed. Deadline is Monday 13th January. They will be displayed as Windows for Burns Night 2014 project from January 17th to February 17th in The Globe Inn, The Coach and Horses and the Robert Burns House Museum in Dumfries.

You can also buy a pamphlet featuring poems from last year’s windows on sale during this year’s event.

More information available here

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Code Poetry Slam 1.1

Call for works 1.1.

Submit your code/poetry to the Stanford Code Poetry Slam, sponsored by the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Deadline is February 12th, finalists invited to present their work at a poetry slam (place and time TBA). Cash prizes and free pizza! Food, code and poetry...all good.

Stanford University's Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL) loosely defines "code poetry": A C++ sonnet? A Haskell haiku? An algorithmic poetry generator? Something completely new? 

Find out more here

Thanks to our friend poet and geek Radames Ortiz for this.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

BN Poetry Award 2014

Open to ALL African women poets who will not have published a full-length collection of poetry by May 2014. This award accepts entries from January 6th to May 5th 2014.

Judged by Kgafela oa Magogodi, Joanne Arnott and Richard Ali:

  • Submissions should be original, in English and not more than 40 lines. 
  • Send a maximum of three poems and a minimum of one poem to Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation at as a word attachment. 
  • The subject line should read, “BNPA 2014”

Full details  (which you should read before sending) available here

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Burn your thumb

Take a look at Burned Thumb in its Facebook entity. (The story of the burned thumb is a good one known to me from the stories of Fionn mac Cumhaill and concerns gaining an understanding of all the languages of the world and salmon - subjects close to p&g's heart.)

Elizabeth Rimmer its host describes herself as "poet, gardener and river-watcher". And her site and poetry are full of things pleasing to p&g readers. She is also one of the editors of Stravaig the online journal of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics.

Find out more here and here and here