Poems about People

Mon 1 August 2016 - Sat 6 August 2016
Tutors / Jonathan Edwards & Patience Agbabi
Guest Reader / Kim Moore
Course Fee / From £495 - £625 per person
Genre / Poetry
Language / English

From Seamus Heaney’s ‘Follower’ to Dylan Thomas’ ‘The Hunchback in the Park,’ from the monologues of Carol Ann Duffy to the marriage poems of Thomas Hardy, many of the best poems are written about people. This course will look at different ways of writing about people, from the character sketch to the monologue, encouraging you to think carefully about voice as well as description and observation. You will explore the craft of writing poems about people close to us, drawing on the detail which close familiarity can bring, but also about people watching, literary and historical characters, and writing about strangers. Through a range of workshop exercises and feedback on your writing, your aim is to write poems with their own beating hearts. New and experienced poets are welcome.



Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards’ first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award. It was also shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His poems have won prizes in competitions including the Ledbury Festival International Poetry Competition, the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition and the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and have appeared in magazines including Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review and The North. He has read his poems on BBC radio and television, recorded works for the Poetry Archive, and led workshops in schools, universities and prisons. He lives in south Wales, and works as a teacher.

Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi is a Fellow in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University. She read English at Oxford and has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex. In 2004 she was nominated one of the UK’s Next Generation Poets. She’s published four poetry collections. A Canterbury Laureate from 2009 to 2010, she received a Grant for the Arts to write a contemporary version of The Canterbury Tales; the resulting collection, Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014) was shortlisted for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and Wales Book of the Year 2015. One of her poems appeared in the anthology, The Refugee Tales (Comma Press, 2016), and she annually participates in The Refugee Tales Walk to raise awareness around asylum seekers’ issues. She was Poet-in-Residence at Brontë Parsonage in 2018 to celebrate the bicentenary of Emily Brontë.

Guest Reader

Kim Moore

Kim Moore’s poetry collection The Art of Falling was published by Seren in April 2015 and won the Geoffrey Faber Award. She won a New Writing North Award in 2014, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2010.

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