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Canterbury angles for its own poets' corner [UK]:
Forget the notion of the solitary poet, scribbling away in a lonely garret. If plans for a 'maison de poésie' are successful, Canterbury could be home to a vibrant community of poets sharing their thoughts over a cup of coffee or glass of wine before leading a workshop or giving readings of their work to the public. Every night. [...]

Curtis hopes to gather support for the idea of a permanent building for poets and their work which would have an all-year-round programme of performances and workshops, based on the French idea of 'maisons de poésie': 'houses of poetry' that exist throughout France and have spread across the French-speaking world, from Quebec to Morocco. The facilities within each maison vary, but generally encompass a performance space, a publishing or printing house, a library and information resource for poets and researchers and a cafe or bar. Some also boast residential accommodation to put up visiting poets or house a poet-in-residence.

The most ambitious maison de poésie to date is the Passa Porta in Brussels. [...]
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