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Damon Lord steps down as Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2023/24

15 May 2024. As of 6 p.m., today, Damon Lord has resigned a month early from the position of Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2023/24. While he valued collaborating with the team, he must now redirect his focus on making harmonious daily advancement with other important writing projects, including academic study and a novel in progress.

Damon Lord headline act at Dear Listener

Thursday 16 May 2024, 6:30 p.m.

Dear Listener, hosted by Charley Barnes, has invited Damon Lord to headline at Worcester's leading monthly spoken-word literary event!

Dear Listener writes:

We're bouncing back with a little spring in our step and bringing with us this month... the current Worcestershire Poet Laureate!

Damon Lord (pronouns: he/him) is Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2023/4, and is a Welsh writer of fiction and poetry. He lives in Worcester with his wife and child. Damon has been a core performer at 42, Worcester's premier genre (SF, fantasy, horror, etc.) spoken word night since its 2011 inception.

Alongside Damon we'll have our open mic set-up, too, so if you want 5 minutes on the mic then drop Charley and Leena an email at dearlisteneropenmic@gmail.com to get booked in.

This event kicks off at 6:30pm and there will be a £3 charge for entry.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Winner of the Brother's Cup 2024!

11 May 2024. Damon Lord has won the Brother's Cup for the second year in a row, in this year's Provincial Lecture Competition, organised by the Worcestershire Freemasons Provincial Learning and Development Officer. His lecture title was: Masonry and the Moon.

Map of Worcestershire, adorned with lines of poetry about the county written by me

World Poetry Day and Speak Volumes! Festival now on!

21 March 2024. Happy World Poetry Day!

Today I visited the Speak Volumes Festival, where they hosted Dear Listener Open Mic tonight. It's a vibrant and exciting student-led arts fest, full of energy, words and art!

I got invited to read some of my poems, so I read two about the Severn, and  a third, an old favourite about a toilet demon. The headliners this evening were Ciarán Hodgers and Jemima Hughes and their deeply moving words! I didn't take many photos, I was too busy listening.

The Speak Volumes festival have also put a poem of mine up on a major display with my words all over a map of the county! The Festival is ongoing until Saturday, so click here to find out more!

Hello/Welcome in different languages over a globe shape

International Mother Language Day 2024 spoken word event

Wednesday 21st February 2024, 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Script Haven, 104 High Street, Worcester, WR1 2HW.

In homage to the rich tapestry of languages that have woven themselves into the cultural fabric of Worcestershire, we invite you to join us for a special spoken word event commemorating UNESCO's International Mother Language Day.

More info here: www.damonlord.com/langs2024

Sign up on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1153644908948890/

Sign up to my newsletter

26 December 2023. Damon Lord is today launching a monthly newsletter, entitled Words, Words, Words: Damon Lord Writer, hosted at Substack.

You can explore Words, Words, Words: Damon Lord Writer's Newsletter on Substack newsletter and subscribe by clicking here. 

Damon Lord reading a copy of the comic book adaptation of "Tales of the City" by Armistead Maupin, wearing a black shirt with the word Supernova in red upon it.
Photo by T.M.M. Lord
Cover of "Colour Theory: A kaleidoscopic anthology by Worcester's Student Poetry Society and friends"

Colour Theory now available to buy online!

15 December 2023. The Student Poetry Society at the University of Worcester expresses heartfelt gratitude to its supporters for their contributions during the creation of their debut anthology. The team is thrilled to announce the availability of Colour Theory for purchase online, providing readers with the perfect festive gift option. The book includes five poems from the current Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Damon Lord.

Damon has been an ardent supporter of this project from its inception, and attended the successful launch night earlier this year, reading a selection of his poetry, including the audience favourite Dirge for a Fallen Thunderbox, a poem about an upturned portable toilet.

The anthology is now available through the official Mini Poetry Press website at the following link: https://minipoetrypress.sumupstore.com/product/colour-theory

To ensure a seamless shopping experience, all orders will be promptly dispatched in padded envelopes via first-class postage/Royal Mail within the UK. The Student Poetry Society extends its sincere appreciation to everyone involved in this incredible project, emphasizing the significance of their support.

Damon Lord, wearing a black t-shirt depicting Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, in a solemn pose, holding a copy of the book in his left hand, before a bright multicoloured background
Photo by Angie Lord 2023

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