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Here you will find links to resources for the development of spoken word artists and performance poets.

It is not possible to cover all bases and reflect all experiences, the best way to do that is to get out there and get involved yourself as each experience will be unique, but we hope that these guidelines with help to answer some of the questions you are afraid to ask.

In the first section you will find a guide to performance poetry detailing the different elements necessary to keep in mind when being a performance poet; everything from choosing your material and approaching promoters to marketing yourself and running your own show.

Working in education and participation gives you basic information on our education and participation work and what you need to do to get started in this exciting and rewarding field of work.

The section on taking a show on tour covering the different aspects you need to consider before making the decision to go on tour is followed by two sections explaining the different poetry scenes and a segment on everything you ever wanted to know about slams. There's also a Poetry Filmmaker's Handbook!

We also have a segment from Dan Simpson on, Taking a Show to the Edinburgh Fringe, and finally you will find sections listing national poetry and literature festivals, poetry and literature organisations, publishers, poetry blogsspoken word venues and different funding bodies and the national art councils.

Finally, we have sub-sections about the different regions where we are working. In these sections you will find information about spoken word events, literature organisations, venues, publishers etc. in the regions.

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