Competition Shortlist Annoucement

The Literary Consultancy and The Literateur are delighted to announce the competition shortlist. There were over 150 entries in all and we were overwhelmed by the high calibre of many of the poems and short stories that we received. It was a very tough choice but we congratulate the following people for making it to the shortlist: Prose Shortlist: ‘This Changes Everything’ by Alison Key … Continue reading Competition Shortlist Annoucement

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TLC-Literateur Competition Party Details

We’d like to invite you to a special event. Recently we held a new poetry and prose competition with The Literary Consultancy.  We will be holding a Readings and Awards party on 11th November at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. Enjoy a FREE evening of literature over wine interspersed with good conversation! There will be readings by the judges Rebecca Abrams (award-winning journalist and author ofTouching Distance), Sarah Hesketh (critically acclaimed … Continue reading TLC-Literateur Competition Party Details


Pascal Ansell Kenyan djembes patter all around, Christians queue for lunch like refugees, And people walk and leer to their sound. Long peals from bells flow through air, And round the food they cluster like bees, Kenyan djembes patter all around. Benches abound while chairs are rare, Coquettes stand straight and clap their knees, And people walk and leer to their sound. Profane and crass … Continue reading Taizé

How Do You Write a Tune in Words?

Alex Valente How do you write a tune in words? Or, indeed, the smell of morning. The sound of thoughts buzzing in your head, is it like a swarm of bees? But ideas are silent until they crash, and scream. Not that silent after all. I woke up today and suddenly nothing happened, and everything didn’t. So I had breakfast. Bathed in new light, robed … Continue reading How Do You Write a Tune in Words?


Barefoot in the Park Poetry Competition Winners

Barefoot in the Park is an annual one-day festival of poetry, storytelling, theatre and music that takes place in Leeds’ beautiful Hyde Park. For the last four years it has been fulfilling the Barefoot team’s ambition to bring poetry and the arts to new audiences, whether seasoned poetry fans or tasting the joys of verse for the first time. The leafy green environs of central … Continue reading Barefoot in the Park Poetry Competition Winners

Barefoot in the Park Competition

Barefoot in the Park’s poetry&prose competition in conjunction with The Literateur is now open for submissions. From sonnets to science fiction, riddles to ridiculous satire, and frank confessionals to fictitious obituaries, variety is welcome. The lucky (and lyrically-talented) winners will receive the honour of having their work published in The Literateur, an online literary magazine which has published work from up and coming poets like … Continue reading Barefoot in the Park Competition