Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and T S Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and E M Forster Prize in America. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009. In 2011, The Bees won the Costa Poetry Award, and in 2012 she won the PEN Pinter Prize.
Spring Poetry Masterclass
This is a unique opportunity for committed poets to move their writing up a gear. The focus will be on group workshops to prompt the creation of new poems, and small group meetings for mutual support and discussion of work in progress. There will also be plenty of individual writing time and extra group workshops in the afternoons. During the week the tutors and a visiting poet will give readings of their work. Participants will edit and contribute to an anthology, which will be read in a celebratory event on Friday evening.
So that everyone may benefit from a high level of critical discussion and participation, writers will be selected for this course based on a sample of their work.
Details of how to apply for a place:
- Send 6 poems in one document (by email preferably or by post) to Tŷ Newydd by Monday, 6 February 2017. Make sure that all your work has your name and contact details on it and is marked “Spring Poetry Masterclass Application”
- Send any information regarding publication record (this is not essential)
- Please also let us know whether you would prefer a single or shared room—we cannot guarantee any requests. Please note that we have only 7 single room places available
- We will inform you by mid-February whether you have been selected. If you are selected, we will then request a deposit of £100 to confirm your place.
Poems will not be returned. The selection will be made by Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke, and their decision is final. If you are asking for a bursary please send in a bursary application form with your poems (available on request).
Carol Ann Duffy
Gillian Clarke was the National Poet of Wales between 2008 and 2016. In 2010 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and the Wilfred Owen Award in 2012. She’s published thirteen books for adults, and several for children as writer, translator or editor. Ice, published by Carcanet, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize in 2012 and her new Selected Poems was published by Picador in 2016. She was Poet in Residence at the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge for Thresholds in 2014, and her next collection, Zoology, is published in 2017.
Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, her collections include The terrorist at my table and Over the Moon (Bloodaxe Books UK). She has been Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library, for Thresholds, and recently completed a series of poems based on the Archives of St Paul’s Cathedral. Imtiaz has had ten solo exhibitions of drawings, and scripts and directs films, many for non-governmental organisations in India, in the area of shelter, education and health for women and children.