Category Archives: International Events

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

Title: Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

Start Date: October 25, 2017
End Date: October 29, 2017

Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Description: Across five days, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival delivers an eclectic program of events – from fiery conversations to intimate literary lunches, gripping live performances to hands-on workshops. The 14th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will return to Bali’s cultural capital from 25–29 October, 2017, and will be explored through the lens of this year’s theme, ‘Origins’.

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Claudia Coutu Radmore and Chapbook Award winner at Tree Reading Series

Title: Claudia Coutu Radmore and Chapbook Award winner at Tree Reading Series

Date: March 13, 2018

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: Running since May 9, 1980, the Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community. Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers. In providing this service, Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts.

The evening features readings by Claudia Coutu Radmore and the Chapbook Award winner, and then an open mic.

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Van Der Meer, Hoogland and Furlong at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Title: Van Der Meer, Hoogland and Furlong at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Date: December 5, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Art Bar is recognized as Canada’s longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad. It has become a hub for the poetry community, and entry point for new voices, a place for people to enjoy one of the oldest arts.

This week’s offering features Carolyne Van Der Meer, Cornelia Hoogland and Dayle Furlong.

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The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest submission deadline

Title: The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest submission deadline

Date: February 28, 2018

Location: Canada
Description: Sponsored by former TNQ (The New Quarterly) editor Kim Jernigan and family in celebration of the man who sparked their love of poetry, this contest is for poems written in response to an occasion, personal or public-poems of gratitude or grief, poems that celebrate or berate, poems that make of something an occasion or simply mark one. We are interested in light verse and in verse more sober, in the whole spectrum of tones and occasions.

We will award a grand prize of $1,000 to the poem judged most worthy. Another $1,000 in prize money will be distributed as the judges fancy. However the prize money falls, the best of what we see will be published in The New Quarterly, at our usual rates, and posted on our website.

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The Al Purdy A-Frame Residency application deadline

Title: The Al Purdy A-Frame Residency application deadline

Date: October 20, 2017

Location: Canada
Description: The Al Purdy house on Roblin Lake near Ameliasburgh, Ontario is now the site of the A-Frame Residency Program, under which writers are offered a time and place to work in a location that is attractive and of historic significance. Each year between mid-April and mid-November the house will be open for the residency. Writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents may apply for a term of two to twelve weeks. The residency will be open to all writers, but preference will be given to poetry and poetry projects. Each year the Selection Committee will also consider proposals for a one to four week project in critical writing about Canadian poetry and will be open to unusual and creative ideas for residencies.

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Toronto Poetry Slam @ IFOA

Title: Toronto Poetry Slam @ IFOA

Date: October 20, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: Toronto Poetry Project is partnering with the International Festival of Authors and the British Council in Canada to launch the Festival’s first Poetry Slam! Like Toronto Poetry Project’s usual events at the Drake Hotel, anyone can perform on the mic in the two-round slam. This high-energy poetry concert will showcase some of the city’s most engaging spoken word artists, entertain and enlighten the audience. Featuring Deanna Rodgers and Dean Atta from London (UK). Hosted by David Silverberg, the artistic director, founder and frequent host of Toronto Poetry Slam.

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Poetry @ the Print Room with David Harsent and Jo Shapcott

Title: Poetry @ the Print Room with David Harsent and Jo Shapcott

Date: October 24, 2017

Location: London, England
Description: The Print Room officially opened in September 2010 in a converted graphic design studio and printing warehouse on Hereford Road. So far, they have presented six seasons of work comprising theatre, dance, concerts, art exhibitions and a variety of multidisciplinary collaborations. Now in its seventh year, and in new home The Coronet in the centre of Notting Hill, The Print Room hopes to continue its mission: to stage exciting undiscovered pieces by great writers, and to provide an opportunity for emerging and talented artists from all fields.

This event features readings by 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize winner David Harsent and Griffin trustee Jo Shapcott.

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Neilson, Downie and Ward at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Title: Neilson, Downie and Ward at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Date: November 28, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Art Bar is recognized as Canada’s longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad. It has become a hub for the poetry community, and entry point for new voices, a place for people to enjoy one of the oldest arts.

This week’s offering features Shane Neilson, Glen Downie and Nichola (Nicki) Ward.

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