Facebook Chat – OUSA

Sandra Carter, Student Community Assistant at OUSA has sent the following message:

‘With Freshers fast approaching at the end of the month, we were wondering how the Societies would like to get involved.

‘Cath Brown will be hosting a Facebook chat 7-8 pm on 27th September. This will be an opportunity for new students to pose questions about Societies. It would also be a great chance to entice new members. For those of you who haven’t attended one of these ‘online events’ here’s a link to this January’s equivalent chat. https://www.facebook.com/events/618023334991215/?active_tab=posts

‘When the day comes you’ll be able to find the event on this page https://www.facebook.com/OUstudents/events

Hope to see some OU Poets joining in the conversation.



Poetry Weekend

A special weekend for full members (i.e. 12 month subscription) of the OU Poetry Society.

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Wes Magee
Photo from The English Association

Wes Magee has published six poetry collections for adults, and more than 100 books for young readers – fiction, poetry, plays, picture books, and anthologies. He is an award-winning author for children and for adults and regularly makes author visits to schools, libraries, and festivals where he performs his ‘Poetry Show’ and gives writing workshops.

OUP182 – deadline

OUP182 – the deadline is tomorrow, 17 August. The editor, Sue Spiers, who has set ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ as the theme (optional) says ‘Come on you sinners, get writing about wrath, poesying about pride, scribbling on sloth, gabbing on greed, elaborating on envy, be loquatious on lust and give me doggerel on gluttony’. Now there’s a challenge!


The cut-off date for OUP181 is 8 July. OU Poets, don’t let it pass by without your contributions! It’s a wonderful workshop mag and any comments on your work will appear in OUP182. Barbara Cumbers is editing OUP181 so email your poems to her by Friday 8 July 2016.

Poems About Yorkshire

Wanted: poems about Yorkshire for a new anthology by Valley Press

Scarborough-based Valley Press is calling for submissions for an anthology of poetry about Yorkshire, to be published in October this year, from writers based anywhere in the world.

Poems can be on any subject or topic – a place, an incident, a person, an idea – with only one rule: there must be some connection with the county of Yorkshire. Contributing poets will each receive a copy of the finished book, and a share of £900 in prize money/fees.

Previously published poems may be included but the author must be able to grant Valley Press non-exclusive rights to reproduce them in this anthology (if in doubt, consult your previous publisher).

The anthology will be edited by York-based poet Miles Salter, and submissions (maximum three poems per author) should be sent to milesinyork@hotmail.com, with the subject line ‘Yorkshire Poetry Anthology’, by 5pm on 31 May.

The featured poets will be announced by 1 September, and the book is expected to be launched on National Poetry Day (Thursday 6 October). Funding for the project has been provided by Arts Council England.

Deadline: 5pm 31 May 2016

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