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The Birthday Bard: Live Canon at the V&A

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The Scarborough Poetry Walk.

Launching with a live performance on Saturday. Find out more here.

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Breaking News:

Our new MP3 poetry walk of Scarborough will be launched with a live performance on Saturday at the Stephen Joseph Theatre at 3pm. You can find out more and book tickets here. We are collecting haikus inspired by Scarborough, so get scribbling and email them to us (livecanon @, tweet them to us (@livecanon) or add them to our Facebook page.

Next Wednesday we will be leading the celebrations of Shakespeare's 450th birthday at the V&A so come along and join us. We'll be popping up throughout the day with performances of the sonnets, and if you spot one of Live Canon in the museum, they may have a special sonnet birthday present for you... Find out more on the V&A website here.

We are delighted to announce that NJ Hynes is the winner of the Live Canon First Collection Competition. Her extraordinary first collection, The Department of Emotional Projections, will be published by the Live Canon Press and be in all good book shops by July. Find out more here.

Our War Poets show is touring this year, to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of WW1. Join our mailling list for venues and dates... If you are interested in booking a performance for your venue, get in touch...

Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign to make the children's competition happen again this year. Your donations have been incredibly generous. It's not too late to help out...






We've been fundraising like mad to make sure our programme work for children and young people can happen again this year. It's not too late to make a donation here.

You can also help by buying our 2013 anthology. All funds from copies sold at the moment are going in to the fundraising pot. Buy it on Amazon here.