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Dear Poet,

Summer has officially begun! In this month's newsletter, find out about The Great British Write Off…

Whether you are a writer or poet this is bound to get your creative juices flowing!

The Great British Write Off is back for 2016!

Join writers and poets from across the UK for the chance to be crowned the winner and win a cash prize!

You are welcome to write about any theme or subject matter. Poems can be in any style or format. Short stories / mini sagas / novel extracts can be in any gene.

Looking for ideas? Here are a few suggestions…
Take a trip down memory lane
Write about where you live
Write an ode to someone or something you adore
Write about something you feel passionately about

Our judges this year are Mark Grist, Brian Bilston and Angela Readman. Find out more about each judge here.

1st Place – Cash Prize Fund
2nd Place – £500 BookPrintingUK Voucher
3rd Place – £100

Closing Date: 29th July 2016

Poetry Rivals 2016 - New Logo

We are very excited to reveal the new Poetry Rivals logo for 2016. After lots of designs we whittled it down to this exciting, modern logo. Poetry Rivals 2016 will open in August so make sure you keep an eye out!

Bonacia is now an award-winning company!

Last month the Bonacia team headed to London for the Print, Design & Marketing Awards. We are delighted to announce that our sister-brand Magic Chair won ‘Best Website'!

The judges said: “A very creative looking, interactive website. Simple to use but combines technology and personalisation. Lots of fun to use.”

If you haven't heard about Magic Chair, come and take a look at their website today!

Forward Poetry Social – Top Five June 2016

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Congratulations to:

Snoopy Q with The Walk
Carrie with After The Sun Sets (Tanka)
Arturon with The Weed
Briz with There She Blows
Sheila with Elysian Fields

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Edinburgh Book Festival

Each summer Charlotte Square Gardens, in the heart of Edinburgh, is transformed into a tented village for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is a three-week celebration of the written word and is the largest of its kind in the world. Entry to the gardens is free. Here, visitors can soak up the atmosphere, browse the bookshops, enjoy refreshments from the cafe or bar and choose from a programme of over 800 events.

Many events are free to attend, including daily readings, signings, workshops and children's activities.

When? 13th - 29th August 2016
Where? Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland
How much? Some events are free
Festival Website:

Book of The Month: ‘Poets Of The Great War' by David Jones

No poetry has touched readers' hearts more deeply than the soldier poets of the First World War. Published to commemorate the centenary of 1914, this stunning set of books, with specially commissioned covers by leading print makers, is an essential gathering of our most beloved war poets introduced by leading poets and biographers of our present day.

Author: David Jones
Publisher: Faber & Faber
RRP: £10
ISBN: 978-0571315796

Find out more about this book at