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, her collection The Bees won the Costa Poetry Award, and in 2012 she won the PEN Pinter Prize. www.carolannduffy.co.uk
Spring Poetry Masterclass
Closing date for applications: Friday 16 February
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 Friday, 16 February 2018. 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 the end of March 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 applying 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 fourteen 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 newest collection, Zoology, was published in 2017. www.gillianclarke.co.uk
Paul Henry came to poetry through songwriting. The author of ten poetry collections, a performance version of his 2018 book, The Glass Aisle (Seren), including songs co-written with Brian Briggs, is currently touring UK festivals. Described by U.A. Fanthorpe as “a poet’s poet” who combines “a sense of the music of words with an endlessly inventive imagination”, he has read and performed his work at festivals in Europe, the USA and Asia. A Writing Fellow at the University of South Wales, he has presented programmes for BBC Radio Wales, Radio 3 and Radio 4. www.paulhenrywales.co.uk