Deryn Rees-Jones is a poet, editor and critic. Her selected poems, What It's Like To Be Alive, was published by Seren in 2016 and was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. Recent books include Burying the Wren (2012) shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize, Roland Mathias prize and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She collaborates frequently with artists and her work with Charlotte Hodes includes two films: And You, Helen (which is also a book) and Questions of Travel. She is one of the co-editors of Women: A Cultural Review, and editor of the new poetry series Pavilion Poetry (Liverpool University Press). She is currently in receipt of a major research fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to continue her critical writing on the artist Paula Rego.
This course will give both new and experienced poets a chance to experiment with their writing. It will emphasise enjoyment of the provisional and the playful while also thinking about the bigger structures of a poem, and how best to explore its possibilities. Come prepared to rethink the potential of each poem you write, to take risks, and to open up your work in new directions. There will be workshops, readings, tutorials, evening readings and plenty of time to find poetry in and around Tŷ Newydd.
George Szirtes was born in Hungary and came to England as a refugee in 1956. He published his first book of poems, The Slant Door, in 1979. It won the Faber Memorial Prize and has published many others since including Reel (2004), which was awarded the T S Eliot Prize for which The Burning of the Books (2009) and Bad Machine (2013) were also shortlisted. He has won various prizes for his translations from the Hungarian, including the Man Booker International Translator’s prize for his work on László Krasznahorkai. His book of poems for children In the Land of the Giants, was awarded the CLPE Prize in 2013. Originally trained as a painter, he has collaborated with various artists and with a number of composers on operas, oratorios and songs. His New and Collected Poems appeared in 2008.
Ian McMillan is a poet, broadcaster, writer and performer. He’s poet-in-residence for Barnsley Football Club, and presents BBC R3’s weekly poetry programme, The Verb. Ian has written comedy for radio and plays for the stage, and worked extensively for BBC Radio as well as for Yorkshire Television and BBC2’s Newsnight Review. He’s been a castaway on Desert Island Discs, and was resident poet for English National Opera. Ian’s latest collection To Fold The Evening Star - New and Selected Poems (Carcanet) was published in 2016.