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Read Me and Laugh

February Quote of the Month


"Dick's duck dived as deep as Dick's dog dug

From Read Me and Laugh 

Poems chosen by Gaby Morgan,

Macmillan Children's Books , London, 2005

20+ Poetry Things You Could Do Today

1) Firstly check out poets reading their poems at: Bob and Short poetry clips - YouTube

For longer readings and films see: Bob and Readings On YouTube - YouTube

I add to these playlists all the time so do keep checking.

2) (From Plume | Online Poetry Magazine)

December Edition Issue no. 148  Available


"In brief, Plume is a magazine dedicated to publishing the very best of contemporary poetry. To that end, we will be highly selective, offering twelve poems per monthly issue."

There is an extensive archive to enjoy, too

For this edition see: Issue #148 December 2023 Archives - Plume (

3) (From Bad Lilies)

October 2023 Issue 16

"Bad Lilies is published six times a year and is edited by Kathryn Gray and Andrew Neilson

We aim to showcase the finest poetry, ranging in technique and subject matter."

See the new issue here: Issue sixteen — Bad Lilies



4) (From Of Poetry Podcast – Kitchen table conversations with poets)


Episode 39: Steven Leyva (Of Anti-Confession, Zydeco, and Clarity) – Of Poetry Podcast


"Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, Scalawag, Nashville Review, jubilat, The Hopkins Review, Prairie Schooner, and Best American Poetry 2020. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish and author of The Understudy’s Handbook which won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers Publishing House. Steven holds an MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an associate professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design."

See Episode 39: Steven Leyva (Of Anti-Confession, Zydeco, and Clarity) – Of Poetry Podcast

5)  (From Carol Rumens's poem of the week | Books | The Guardian website page)

Carol Rumens' Poem of the Week

A faultlessly consistent article in a national newspaper, and always available online, too. 

See Poem of the week: Poem of the week: The Weight of the World by Seni Seneviratne | Poetry | The Guardian

6)  (From Our Content — Home Stage website)


Meet the Poet: Lewis Buxton - YouTube


"Meet Lewis Buxton: Norfolk-based poet, performer and co-director of Norwich’s largest regular poetry night, TOAST. In this episode of Meet the Poet Lewis discusses his debut poetry collection Boy in Various Poses. This collection explores the complexity of gender and boyhood with tenderness, humour and punch - and, in following the ever curious and changing figure of ‘Boy’, Lewis questions what it means to become a man."

First available to watch on Facebook and YouTube on Wednesday, 26 July 2023.

Go to Meet the Poet: Lewis Buxton - YouTube

Once you have watched this episode there is 38 more to watch at Meet the Poet - YouTube

For further Home Stage videos see:  Home Stage - YouTube

7) (From Poetry Non-Stop ( website)


Poetry Month at Poetry Non-Stop


"Jimmy Hall has lived in Norfolk for 13 years. He was born across the border in Southwold. He is a professional musician with a lifelong love of poetry. He shares a couple of poems inspired by people. One he met in passing, one he knows very well."


Go to News – Poetry Non-Stop (

Here all the episodes at NaPoWriMo  Poetry Non-Stop (

8) (From Tin House website)

Between The Covers  


Between the covers is a literary radio show and podcast hosted by David Naimon, is brought to you by Tin House. These long-form in-depth conversations have been singled out by the Guardian, Book Riot, the Financial Times, and BuzzFeed as one of the most notable book podcasts for writers and readers around.

For Between the Covers Podcasts visit Between the Covers Podcast - Tin House


For the most recent poetry book based podcast see: Bhanu Kapil : Incubation : A Space for Monsters - Tin House

9) (From  AngelHousePreswebsite)

Small Machine Talks: Episode 111: Mudlarking with Ariel Gordon

"Ariel is on the podcast as part of the thread we’ve been having this year: off-page, extra literary, which has included discussions of artists’ books with Barrie Tullett and Sarah Bodman, recording studios with Gareth Auden-Hole, Pakistani folklore with Nimra and Manahil Bandukwala, the alphabet with Johanna Drucker, and book conservation with Christine McNair. This is the last episode on this thread."

Hear the episode recorded on 28 November 2023 at Episode 111 – Mudlarking with Ariel Gordon – The Small Machine Talks

"Stay tuned for our final episode of 2023, the Poetic Elements of Fiction with Frances Boyle."


Visit the website at : The Small Machine Talks 

10)  (From Poetry Extra webpage)

Poetry Please - Midwinter

Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's poetry archive.


"Roger McGough explores the archives to find the most evocative winter poems by Thomas Hardy, Miroslav Holub, Robert Frost and Shakespeare. Read by some of our best actors including: Juliet Stevenson, Dame Harriet Walter Hugh Laurie. With Steeleye Span and Bert Jansch.


Producer: Sally Heaven. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016."


See: Poetry Extra - Poetry Please - Midwinter - BBC Sounds

11) (From The Buzz – The Hive Poetry Collective Website)

The Hive Poetry Collective: S5: E37 Jeannine Hall Gailey talks with Dion O'Reilly


"The Hive radio show is broadcast on KSQD, 90.7 FM Community Radio in Santa Cruz on Sunday nights from 8pm-9pm. The Hive Poetry Collective is a buzz of poets in Santa Cruz, California— a swarm of radio conversations, public readings, and writing workshops. "

Hear the most recent podcast posted 30 November, 2023.

See S5:E37 Jeannine Hall Gailey talks with Dion O'Reilly by S5: E37 Jeannine Hall Gailey talks with Dion O'Reilly 

12)  (From West Wilts Radio)

The Poetry Place  (Click for archive)


"The Poetry Place is a monthly poetry magazine programme bringing you news, views, readings and interviews from today’s poetry community, both locally and further afield. Presented by Dawn Gorman and Peter O’Grady, it brings inspiration and food for thought for everyone, from those who enjoy listening to the occasional poem, to people writing and publishing their own work.

There's a new episode on the last Sunday of every month, with repeats from the archive on the other Sundays of the month. Repeated every Sunday, @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm"

Hear the most recent new edition first broadcast on 26 November, 2023 at :  The Poetry Place with Rachael Clyne & Vic Pickup #47-26/11/23 – West Wilts Radio

13) (From Rattle: Poetry)


Critique of the Week: A Live Video Workshop

"It’s hard to find honest feedback about your work, but knowing how your poems are actually landing is more useful than any other advice a poet can get ... so we’d like to extend that experience to anyone who is interested.


With Critique of the Week, we’ll workshop several poems publicly each week, via Facebook and YouTube. Participants will get a chance to hear how the Rattle editors would encounter a poem if it were a submission and offer suggestions for improvement. Everyone is then welcome to join in the discussion in the video’s comments section, providing their own thoughts and feedback. Even if you don’t want to share your own poems, it should be an excellent learning opportunity for everyone who watches.

To participate, just use the Critique of the Week category on Submittable. Every active submission there will automatically be entered into a live drawing at the end of each month for the next round of participants. In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or subscribe to our YouTube Channel so that you don’t miss any of the critiques."


For more information see:  Critique of the Week | Rattle: Poetry

Or see the latest live streamed event at :  Rattlecast 

Or read the latest daily poem at: Rattle: Poetry 

(I sign up to the email daily post and strongly recommend it.)

14) (From Eat The Storms website)


Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 14 – Season 7

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


This episode of Season 7 aired first on Saturday 16th September 2023, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to the guest stars… Linda Drattell 

Visit: Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 14 – Season 7 – Storm Shelter


15) (From Seren Books newsletter)

Seren Poetry Podcast:  Judy Brown: 'Lairs'

"In this edition we talk to Judy Brown about her third collection ‘Lairs’. Describing it as the ‘angriest’ of her three books so far, Judy discusses the lair as a place of restriction or a confined space, her residency at Exeter University’s Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and other underlying themes from the book such as ‘pivotal change’.."

See Judy Brown: 'Lairs' (


First published on 3 December 2023.

For the library of Seren Poetry Podcasts see: The Seren Poetry Podcast


See all the podcasts at Alternative Stories and Fake Realities (

16)  (From Verse Ottawa )

VerseFest 2023


'MISS ANY OF VERSEFEST 2023 in March? Catch the things you missed in our videos'


See Videos of Past Events (

17)  (From BBC Radio 3 - The Verb Website)

Joyce Carol Oates


Ian McMillan presents a special extended interview with Joyce Carol Oates, one of the most prolific and pre-eminent American writers of the 20th century. Now 85, Oates is the author of 62 novels, 47 short story collections, poetry volumes, plays, essays, and criticism. Her latest book is the unsettling short-story collection 'Zero-Sum'.


Presenter: Ian McMillan

Broadcast on 1 December, 2023.

See : The Verb - Joyce Carol Oates - BBC Sounds

Though this has slipped quite far down my list for no particular reason, The Verb is one of my favourite shows on radio and  is available in podcast form. There is an archive of 215 episodes available: BBC Radio 3 - The Verb - Available now

18) (From  New York Times website)

Reading poetry with the poem column

In this edition of our series on learning with New York Times columns, we’re inviting you to read and emulate The New York Times Magazine’s Poem column. Every week, the magazine publishes a new poem, which is chosen and introduced by a poet-editor, like Victoria Chang, Reginald Dwayne Betts or Naomi Shihab Nye.

In this lesson, you’ll read a poem from the column and see how the editors make their choices, as well as how they analyse and make connections to each poem. Then, you’ll choose your own poem to read and write a paragraph explaining what it means to you.

The New  York Times also does a poem a week - which can be seen without subscribing at:  Poem - The New York Times (

19) (From Ó Bhéal  website)

Enter the 2023/2024 (11th) competition, which will run for 42 weeks.

The 2023/2024 (11th) competition will run for 42 weeks.


Every Tuesday at 12pm (Irish time) from 11th April 2023 – 30th January 2024, five words will be posted on this competition page. Entrants will have one week to compose and submit one or more poems which include all five words given for that week.

A prize of 750 euros will be awarded to the winner, plus 500 euros for second place and 250 euros for third place. These three, if available will be invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s seventeenth anniversary (hybrid) event, on Monday the 8th of April 2024. Should winners be able to attend in person, then an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this. The overall winner also receives a physical award, hand-crafted by acclaimed glass artist (and poet) Michael Ray.

The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol XVII – the anthology of five word poems to be launched at the same event. A shortlist of twelve poems including the overall winner will be announced by the first week of March 2024.

Entry is open to all countries. Poems cannot exceed 50 lines in length (including line breaks), and must include all five words listed for the week.

A modicum of poetic license is acceptable. As long as the original spelling is intact, you’re welcome to extend, pluralise or even split any word to appear across two adjacent words, even if its original meaning becomes altered.

Poems should be newly written, during this 7-day period. There is no limit to volume of entries, although each payment and submission should be made separately.

NB** Entrants should be at least 18 years of age at the date of submission.



Entries to be sent no later than 12pm on the relevant Tuesday.


Submissions carry a 5 euro entrance fee.

For more information see: Welcome to Ó Bhéal - Fáilte go dtí Ó Bhéal (

20) (From Moving Poems  website)

Watch the Best Poetry Videos on the Web

The latest when I looked: Orion by Maria Vella | Moving Poems

"Atmospheric and experimental, Orion is by Maria Vella in Victoria, Australia. The soundtrack is abstract, incorporating just a few distorted lines of ‘found audio’ from NASA. The strobing stream of personal images creates the sense of poetry without words."


Regularly updated there's 2191 videos (and counting) to see at Videopoems | Moving Poems

21) (From T.S. Eliot website)

T.S. Eliot Prize

The T.S. Eliot Prize shortlist for 2023 has now been announced, and videos of all the nominees will follow. Every year of the prize I have enjoyed watching the poets read from their book, and say a little about themselves.

See: Videos – The T. S. Eliot Prize 2023 (

See the whole amazing archive at T. S. Eliot Prize - YouTube

22)  (From  London Review Bookshop website)

New Faber Poetry

"Poetry from four of the most exciting poets at work today. Declan Ryan reads from ​Crisis Actor, his long-awaited debut of failures and farewells, alternating (in the words of Kate Kellaway) ‘between the pugilistic and the becalmed’. Maggie Millner’s novel in verse, ​Couplets, is a unique story of queer desire, the couplet form beautifully embodying the narrative. Hannah Sullivan reads from her second collection, ​Was It for This, poems exploring different visions of home, motherhood and London. And Nick Laird reads from Up Late, the title poem of which won last year’s Forward Prize for Best Single Poem."

Hear this podcast at: New Faber Poetry | London Review Bookshop

For lots of past videos and podcasts (not exclusively poetry) see: Podcasts & video | London Review Bookshop

​23)  (From The Poetry Programme - RTÉ Radio 1 ( website)

The Poetry Programme

"Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. For everyone who loves poetry. And those who just don't know it yet.

The Poetry Programme Sunday 25 December 2022

Olivia O'Leary hosts the hour-long Christmas 2022 Poetry Programme.

This year's Christmas programme, presented in collaboration with Poetry Ireland, features readings and conversation with Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, Barry Devlin, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Andrew Bennett, and music from DCU Lumen Chorale. The programme was recorded before a live audience in Belvedere House, St Patrick's, Drumcondra, part of the campus of DCU. Poetry Ireland is temporarily based at St Patrick's while works are ongoing at their city centre headquarters."

Broadcast on 25 December 2022.


Hear it at: The Poetry Programme Sunday 25 December 2022 - The Poetry Programme, Christmas Day 2022 

Though the show is sadly off-air now, the immense archive is still available to listen to and is recommended.​

See The Poetry Programme - RTÉ Radio 1 (

Also see Poetry File - RTÉ Podcasts (

23) Look around this site and follow some of the links you have not heard of before...

'Super. Keep looking down that long road.'

'Better Now Or Better Now Or Better Never?'

by Julian Stannard.

The Poetry Review Vol 111:2 Summer 2021

All year in 2024


The following sites are worth checking regularly to look out for online and in-person poetry events.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival

Eventbrite Online Poetry Events | Eventbrite

Eventbrite Online Poetry Readings Events | Eventbrite


Evesham Festival of Words - Programme 

Griffin Poetry Prize  - Upcoming Events 

Poetry Day Ireland 2023 | Message in a Bottle | Poetry Ireland

What's On - Ledbury Poetry

London Review Bookshop

Milkweed Editions  (U.S. Central time)

National Poetry Library (For all currently open poetry competitions)

Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts - Newcastle University (


Nottingham Writer's Block: What's on Nottingham's writing world (


The Poetry Business  -  Digital Workshops

Poetry Events in UK & Ireland | Facebook

The Poetry Society - Events


Top writing contests. (


The following Groups offer regular online Open-Mics:

Cheltenham Poetry Festival - Online Events and Poetry Lounges 


Fire&Dust Poetry | Twitter, Facebook | Linktree


Flight of the dragonfly - Spoken Word On Zoom

JournalExpressWrit - Open Mic ( (U.S.)

Ó Bhéal - Fáilte go dtí Ó Bhéal ( (Republic of Ireland)

Poetry Lit! - Online Reading Series Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Rattlecast | Rattle: Poetry

Speak the Word: online open mic night Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Speak Your Truth ~ Spoke open mic Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite




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