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.
Poetry at the Start
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.
Maura Dooley’s most recent collection of poetry is The Silvering (2016). Anthologies she has edited include The Honey Gatherers: A Book of Love Poems and How Novelists Work. She was Poet-in-Residence at the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton in 2015. Her poems from the residency are published as A Quire of Paper and she also commissioned a sister-pamphlet, in which other contemporary poets respond to the work of Jane Austen All My Important Nothings. In 2014 she published a pamphlet (with Elhum Shakerifa) of work by the exiled Iranian poet Azita Ghahreman. She has twice been short-listed for the T S Eliot Award, twice for the Forward Single Poem Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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.