Poetry at the Start

Mon 28 May - Sat 02 Jun 2018
Tutors / Jo Shapcott & Maura Dooley
Guest Reader / David Foster-Morgan
Course Fee / From £495 - £625 per person
Genre / Poetry
Language / English

Aimed at beginner poets – and those returning to the craft – this course will stimulate fresh work and encourage you to share it. Bring your notebooks and writing tools to explore the many ways poetry brings ideas, stories and emotions to life. The tutors will tailor the course to the individual needs of the participants, and will teach through group workshops and one-to-one tutorials. Come prepared to write, to be open to techniques and approaches old and new, and to have fun with language.


Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott was born in London. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby (1988), Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998) are gathered in a selected poems, Her Book (2000). She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Tender Taxes, her versions of Rilke, was published in 2001. Her most recent collection, Of Mutability, was published in 2010 and won the Costa Book Award. In 2011 Jo Shapcott was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

David Hunter

Maura Dooley

Maura Dooley’s most recent collection of poetry is The Silvering (Bloodaxe Books, 2016). The poems in Negative of a Group Photograph (Bloodaxe Books, 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 (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), and How Novelists Work (Seren, 2000). 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

David Foster-Morgan

David Foster-Morgan was born in Tenby and grew up in and around Cardiff. He studied Philosophy and UCL and Computing in Cardiff. He started writing poetry in his early thirties, his poetry has been published in Poetry Wales, The New Welsh Reader, Roundy House, Envoi, The Interpreter’s House and the TLS. He continues to live and work in the Cardiff area, where he gives readings and is an active participant in open mic and other poetry events. His first collection Masculine Happiness was published by Seren in late 2015.

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