Introduction to Write Out Loud
Write Out Loud is all about bringing more people to poetry, and poetry to more people! We've existed as a volunteer-run organisation for 18 years. Our fabled website provides news, reviews, and discussion. And before COVID-19 struck, we hosted the UK's No.1 poetry gig guide.
Our vision is to transform Write Out Loud into a professionally-run organisation. This will allow us to improve and expand on what we already do, and also add new strings to our bow. Our initial focuses are on digital content, events (both online and offline), and education (both formal and non-formal).
Beyond the Storm
In the midst of the pandemic, we launched our 'Beyond the Storm' campaign. The initial phase of this campaign was a poetry competition which attracted 2,300 entries from around the globe. The competition was judged by renowned poet Andrew McMillan (pictured below), who had the unenviable task of whittling those entries down to just 100 poems.
The winning 100 poems were then included in our 'Beyond the Storm' anthology (pictured above). All profits from anthology sales were donated to NHS Charities, and alongside donations to our JustGiving page this totalled nearly £8,000.
This showed us not only what poetry is capable of, but what the poetry community itself is capable of. It was an overwhelming response on several levels, and is testament to what Write Out Loud can achieve.
The new era for Write Out Loud
We want to take this opportunity to prepare Write Out Loud for the post-COVID era. The pandemic has presented us with a clear choice: adapt or die. And through this crowdfunding campaign, we aim to adapt so that we can serve the poetry community better than ever before.
The funds that we manage to raise will enable us to appoint a core team of four paid staff members. These staff members will oversee the growth and development of Write Out Loud across key areas. Part of our aim is to submit regular funding bids to carry out large projects: both in Marsden and beyond.
No matter what changes, the poetry community will be at the heart of everything that we do. We want to Write Out Loud to become a leading poetry organisation. Our aim is to enable, encourage, inspire, connect and develop the flourishing poetry talent that already exists, and to create new poets as we go.
How you can help us to shape that future
Any donations will be hugely grateful. But if you can't afford to donate, sharing this page will also be a massive help. Thanks in advance for your support - we can't wait to shape the new era for Write Out Loud!
One Community Match It! support
Following our successful application to One Community's Match It! scheme, they'll match every penny that we donate up to £10,000. So that means that raising £10,000 on this page would actually give us £20,000 in total. Which is an outstanding sum of money and would enable us to fully transform Write Out Loud for the post-COVID era!