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The Fable of the Open Book

Once upon a time there was a book.
The book lay open to a page. The page
had a margin, and they shared a dirty look –
though the truth is they were practically engaged.
The page said roughly what it thought it should,
the margin said exactly what it wanted,
and all was grand. But one thing spoiled the mood
of the wee verge. ‘I’m so squished and tiny-fonted!
Why the hell should that guy hog the floor?
I’ll shove that silly bigmouth out the door!’
And soon the page was lying in the gutter.
Now it could weep and wail, and spit and splutter!
‘Time,’ the margin cried, ‘to make my mark!’
And suddenly it went completely dark.

Cobourg Poetry Launch: Stuart Ross and Ashley-Elizabeth Best

Title: Cobourg Poetry Launch: Stuart Ross and Ashley-Elizabeth Best

Date: June 6, 2016

Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Human Bean, Cobourg’s Coffee House hosts the launch of two exciting poetry books: A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent, by Stuart Ross (Wolsak and Wynn) and Slow States of Collapse, by Ashley-Elizabeth Best (ECW Press). The event features readings by the authors and a special solo acoustic set by Rhonda Murdoch of Vanland.

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WordSpring

Title: WordSpring

Start Date: May 27, 2016
End Date: May 29, 2016

wfnb-logo2Location: Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada
Description: WordSpring, the main annual writing festival offered by the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, is held in late May. It offers writing workshops, readings by local and national authors, and book launches by WFNB members. This year’s guest speaker is the wonderful poet, activist and gifted teacher (and Poet Laureate of Sackville), Marilyn Lerch.

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Belfast Book Festival

Title: Belfast Book Festival

Start Date: June 9, 2016
End Date: June 19, 2016

belfast-book-festivalLocation: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Description: Based at the Crescent Arts Centre, the Belfast Book Festival – now in its sixth year – brings to the stage a broad range of both local and international stars. The festival has lots of variety in its lineup, so no matter what your preferred genre to read is, you will be sure to find an event which will be of interest to you. From drummers of international rock bands, to female explorers right through to ex-football managers mixed in with the ever-popular annual poetry slam and the Family Fun Day, there is one jam-packed programme ready for you to explore!

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Neilsen Glenn, Hobbs and Trubiak at Ore Samples Writers Series

Title: Neilsen Glenn, Hobbs and Trubiak at Ore Samples Writers Series

Date: May 26, 2016

ore-samplesLocation: Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada
Description: Founded in 2016, Ore Samples is a Canadian writers series curated and managed by a volunteer director. An excellent volunteer advisory board is in place. All funding and support received by Ore Samples go to the writers and performers featured in the series.

ore welcomes Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Harry Hobbs and CC Trubiak for workshops, readings and performances at the Flin Flon Public Library on May 26, 2016.

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Fleur Adcock – A Symposium

Title: Fleur Adcock – A Symposium

Date: May 21, 2016

southbank-centreLocation: Winchester, Hampshire, UK
Description: The University of Winchester is co-hosting with the University of Northampton the Fleur Adcock Symposium in honour of one of England’s best known contemporary poets. This is a unique opportunity to take part in a one-day symposium full of poetry, critical insight, and artistic collaboration. The day will be made up of short readings, papers, an interview, a Q and A session and a range of intriguing discussions.

There will be readings by Fleur Adcock, Fiona Sampson, Susan Wicks, Stephanie Norgate, Julian Stannard, Lorraine Mariner and others.

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CBC Poetry Prize submission deadline

Title: CBC Poetry Prize submission deadline

Date: May 31, 2016

cbc-poetry-prizeLocation: Canada
Description: CBC Books invites everyone to send in their original, unpublished works of poetry (between 400 and 600 words, including titles). An entry can be one long poem or a collection of poems.

Successful entrants could win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, publication in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine, and a 10-day writing residency at The Banff Centre. Finalists win $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and publication of the entry on the CBC Books website. Past winners include Brian Brett, Sue Goyette, Susan Musgrave, and Alison Pick.

The 2016 CBC Poetry Prize jury is Roo Borson, George Elliott Clarke and Erín Moure.

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#todayspoem

Title: #todayspoem

Date: July 13, 2016

Description: In fact, every day is #todayspoem day. With the #todayspoem hashtag, you can share an excerpt from any poem that happens to have made your day. Everyone shares their #todayspoem experience a little differently, with an image, a link, an excerpt, whatever fits in a tweet. Each tweet is enough to spur a moment of delight or recognition or, handily favorited in Twitter, is a lovely bookmark for future poetry explorations.

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