Andrew McMillan’s first collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win the Guardian First Book Award; it also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, a 2016 Somerset Maugham Award, a 2016 Eric Gregory Award and a 2014 Northern Writers’ Award. It was shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Dylan Thomas Prize, The Costa Poetry Award, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Roehampton Poetry Prize. He has contributed to Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3, and Front Row and The Echo Chamber on BBC Radio 4. He lectures in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University and currently lives in Manchester.
Poetry: Working the Body
“I have to bang my hand against some door, to bring myself back to the body” – Virginia Woolf.
This course will consider how best to articulate our thoughts about the body; the body praised, the body mourned, the body touched, the body in decline, the body in ecstasy; how we can translate the paradoxically physical and ephemeral body into poetry on a page. An exciting and engaging course which will use workshops, close readings and discussion to explore the body in a poem and the body as a poem. Our bodies, and the bodies of those around us, are often how we first make contact with the outside world and how we articulate our own experience of living and dying. During this course we can think how best this experience might be translated onto the page.
A guest reader for this course will be confirmed soon.
Helen Mort has published two pamphlets with Tall-Lighthouse Press, The Shape of Every Box and A Pint For the Ghost, the latter being selected as Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice for Spring 2010. Her first collection Division Street was published in 2013 and shortlisted for the Costa Prize and the T S Eliot Prize. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007, the Manchester Young Writer prize in 2008 and in 2014, she won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. Her latest collection No Map Could Show Them (Chatto and Windus) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She also writes fiction and is the author of a trail running guide to the Lake District and the editor of an anthology of poetry for children. She teaches creative writing in the Manchester Writing School.
Jonathan Edwards' first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes, published by Seren in 2014, won the Costa Poetry Prize and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award, and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His poems have won prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, the Ledbury Festival International Poetry Competition and the Basil Bunting Award, and have appeared in magazines including Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review and The North.