Our weekly blog bringing you news of and links to an array of interesting things we’ve found online, from actors reading poems to online courses to virtual festivals.
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Starting in April, John McAuliffe, Victoria Kennefick and Seán Hewitt will be launching a new podcast, ‘Unlaunched Books’, to give space for discussion of all those poetry books which have missed out on launches. Follow us here @Unlaunched9 for more news as it comes
The Stay At Home Festival continues with a fantastic array of writers and workshops. Check out the programme here.
There are live shows on Instagram every Saturday with proceeds going to help acts hit by the COVID-19 crisis. You can find Quarantine Cabaret @QuarantineCab on the ‘Gram.
Burley Fisher’s Isolation Station: Independent Bookshop Burley Fisher is creating podcasts with writers whose book-launches have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Find out more here.
The Poetry Foundation has put together a page linking to a wide range of favourite poems,. You can read Poems of Hope and Resilience here.
National Poetry Day (@PoetryDayUK) have a hashtag #NationalPoetryService bringing together many poems and poets in this time of crisis.
The Poetry Society has a series called ‘Reading in the Dark’ featuring contemporary poets writing and reflecting on poems that they return to in difficult times. Read more here.
Paper Nations is a creative writing incubator, championing approaches to the art of writing that are inclusive, playful and exploratory. They have released The Great Margin, a new project by @PaperNationsUK that responds to the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Right now,’ they say, ‘we are all vulnerable. Loneliness and isolation take a serious toll on physical and mental health. The Great Margin will share stories and poetry written from isolation, during a time of global crisis, when people need connection more than ever before.’ Writers will respond to five themes and will be published on The Great Margin site. Read more here and here.
The Poetry School has closed its physical premises but online courses remain open. What better way to support freelance writers and tutors than signing up for one during this lockdown? More info here.
Lots of Podcasts and creative writing prompts can be found at the National Writing Centre Norwich’s website.
Alec Finlay has kindly collated a number of creative ideas and materials around walking, healing, and illness. You can find them here.
Glasgow Women’s Library Digital Slam are looking for women* to light up our feeds with their ‘brilliant, brave and bolshy’ words on their theme Elemental Women. Perhaps the theme inspires you to think about our relationship with the world around us? Take this theme and run with it! They can’t wait to hear the poems you come up with. Send them videos of your slam poems by midday on Friday 3rd April 2020. They’re open to all women* of all nationalities. Follow the link below and blaze your way across the web with your inspiring words. Find out more here.
*All women-only events are inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people.