Autumn Poetry Masterclass

Mon 30 Oct - Sat 04 Nov 2017
Tutors / Gillian Clarke & Maura Dooley
Guest Reader / Jonathan Edwards
Course Fee / From £495 - £625 per person
Genre / Poetry
Language / English

This is a unique opportunity for committed poets to move their writing up a gear. The focus will be on group workshops to prompt the creation of new poems, and small group meetings for mutual support and discussion of work in progress. There will also be plenty of individual writing time, and opportunities to enjoy Tŷ Newydd and its surroundings. Instead of one-to-one tutorials there will be extra group workshops in the afternoons. During the week, the tutors will give a reading of their work and a visiting poet will visit for an evening event of readings and a question and answer session. During the week, participants will edit and contribute to an anthology, and the course will finish with a celebratory reading on Friday evening.


So that everyone may benefit from a high level of critical discussion and participation, writers will be selected for this course based on a sample of their work. Please contact us for more information on the selection process.

Details of how to apply for a place:

  1. Send 6 poems in one document (by email preferably or by post) to Tŷ Newydd by Monday, 4 September 2017. Make sure that all your work has your name and contact details on it and is marked “Spring Poetry Masterclass Application”
  2. Send any information regarding publication record (this is not essential)
  3. Please also let us know whether you would prefer a single or shared room—we cannot guarantee any requests. Please note that we have only 7 single room places available
  4. We will inform you by mid-September whether you have been selected. If you are selected, we will then request a deposit of £100 to confirm your place.

Poems will not be returned. The selection will be made by Gillian Clarke and Maura Dooley, and their decision is final. If you are asking for a bursary please send in a bursary application form with your poems (available on request).


Gillian Clarke

Gillian Clarke was the National Poet of Wales between 2008 and 2016. In 2010, she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and the Wilfred Owen Award in 2012. She’s published fourteen books for adults, and several for children as writer, translator or editor. Ice, published by Carcanet, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize in 2012 and her new Selected Poems was published by Picador in 2016. She was Poet in Residence at the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge for Thresholds in 2014, and her newest collection, Zoology, was published in 2017.



David Hunter

Maura Dooley

Maura Dooley’s most recent collection of poetry is The Silvering (2016). The poems in Negative of a Group Photograph (2018) are her English-language versions of poems by the exiled Iranian writer Azita Ghahreman, created with Elhum Shakerifa. Anthologies she has edited include The Honey Gatherers: A Book of Love Poems and How Novelists Work. She has twice been shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award and twice for the Forward Single Poem Award. She is a recipient of a Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Guest Reader

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards' first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes, published by Seren in 2014, won the Costa Poetry Prize and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award, and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His poems have won prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, the Ledbury Festival International Poetry Competition and the Basil Bunting Award, and have appeared in magazines including Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review and The North.

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