Hollie McNish is a poet and spoken word artist, whose publications include two poetry collections, Cherry Pie and Papers; Nobody Told Me, a unique blend of poetry and storytelling taken straight from Hollie's personal diaries; and an album, Versus. With Benjamin Zephaniah stating “I can't take my ears off her”, Kate Tempest describing her poetry as "welcoming, galvanising and beautiful” and fans ranging from Robin Ince, Pink, Tim Minchen, Marian Keyes to most of the UK's midwives, Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. She is an Arts Foundation Fellow in Spoken Word, has garnered over two million Youtube views for her online poetry performances and was the first poet to record at London's famed Abbey Road Studios.
How to Enjoy Poetry
This course will be all about having fun with poetry. We’ll not dwell too much on the technicalities, but rather learn how to use poetry as a medium for self expression, to get all of our visions, ideas and stories onto the page. Using fun, inclusive exercises we’ll learn how to turn seemingly everyday observations into thrilling original ideas, as well as overcome our doubts about who, why or what we put into our poems. We’ll also learn how reading and hearing your work aloud can shape your poetic practice. We’ll get over any of our writing fears by jumping straight in, screaming and shouting as we go. Expect workshops, discussions, late night readings and wintery trips to the seaside.
Will Burns is a poet from Buckinghamshire. He is poet-in-residence at Caught by the River, a cultural collective which curates programmes for festivals and online publications by writers, explorers, conservationists and dreamers. He was named one of the four Faber New Poets in 2014, with his pamphlet, Faber New Poets 10, published that year.
Luke Wright is one of Britain’s leading stand-up poets. His poetry shows have toured the world and his verse play What I Learned from Johnny Bevan won a Stage Award, a Saboteur Award and a Fringe First. He is the author of three collections of poetry and two long-form poems.