Monthly Archives: January 2013

Open Mic

Poets, writers, artists of all heights and persuasions, songsters, slangsters, those who just want to whisper sweet nothings into a microphone to see what it sounds like: we’re having our very first open mic of the year. Please join us at The Duke’s Cut this coming Thursday, 31 January, at 8pm. This will be a casual opportunity for you to read your work with a welcoming community. Please RSVP to if you would like to read something, and we’ll put you on the list!



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Student Writers’ Toolkit in Coventry

Booking is now open for our first Student Writers’ Toolkit event, which will be on the afternoon of Saturday 2 March 2013, hosted by Coventry University. We have up to sixty places available for students or recently graduated at a modest cost of £10. There are some details and how to book here:

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Andrew Motion Reading

All are welcome to an Oxford Poetry Society reading, to be hosted at St. Anne’s College on 24 January at 6:30pm in the Mary Ogilvie Theatre.

Oxford Poetry Society is pleased to welcome Sir Andrew Motion back to his alma mater for a reading at St. Anne’s College. Sir Andrew Motion is a distinguished poet, novelist, and biographer. He was poet laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009, having taken over the position following the death of Ted Hughes. In 2010 he chaired the Man Booker Prize. Sir Andrew’s role as writer has been multifaceted. Aside from writing his own poetry he was editor of Poetry Review (1981-83) and was Poetry Editor and Editorial Director at London publishers Chatto & Windus (1983-89). Sir Andrew is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London.

Sir Andrew is co-founder of The Poetry Archive, and is currently President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. He will be reading his original poetry and answering questions.

Sir Andrew has said, of his own writing:

“I want my writing to be as clear as water. I want readers to see all the way through its surfaces into the swamp.” The glacial quality of his writing is what makes him so distinctive and accessible. Motion has always championed writing and creativity, but is aware that the role of the writer is changing.

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