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. www.gillianclarke.co.uk
Autumn Poetry Masterclass
Closing date for applications: Friday 31 August 2018
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 extra group workshops in the afternoons. During the week the tutors and a visiting poet will give readings of their work. Participants will edit and contribute to an anthology, which will be read in a celebratory event on Friday evening.
Details of how to apply for a place:
- Send 6 poems in one document (by email preferably or by post) to Tŷ Newydd by Friday 31 August 2018. Make sure that all your work has your name and contact details on it and is marked “Spring Poetry Masterclass Application”. You can send them in the post or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send any information regarding publication record (this is not essential)
- 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
- We will inform you by the end of 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 Robert Minhinnick and Gillian Clarke, 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).
Essayist, poet and writer Robert Minhinnick has twice won Wales Book of the Year and twice the Forward Prize for best individual poem. His latest poetry is found in his collection, Diary of the Last Man (Carcanet, 2017). His debut novel, Sea Holly, was published in 2007, and shortlisted for the 2008 Ondaatje Prize. Carol Ann Duffy describes him as “one of the most important poets of these turbulent times”. He and Gillian Clarke were the first ever tutors at Tŷ Newydd. He is advisor to the charity, Sustainable Wales and was editor of the international quarterly Poetry Wales from 1997 to 2008. His New Selected Poems was published by Carcanet in 2012 and in 2015 his novel Limestone Man was published by Seren, who also published his 2013 collection of essays, Island of Lightning.