Autumn Poetry Masterclass

Mon 19 October 2020 - Sat 24 October 2020
Tutors / Gillian Clarke & Jonathan Edwards
Guest Reader / Imtiaz Dharker
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genre / Poetry
Language / English

This masterclass is aimed at committed poets aiming to further develop their writing. The week will feature a group workshop each morning to prompt the creation of new poems, individual writing time, and free afternoons for writing or gaining inspiration from Tŷ Newydd’s beautiful surroundings. You will also enjoy two evening poetry readings: one by the tutors, and the other by a visiting poet. The course will end with the creation of an anthology featuring work created by the participants and tutors, and a celebratory evening of readings in the library. This course will challenge and inspire writers looking to develop the shape, music and imaginative possibilities of their poetry.

So that everyone may benefit from a high level of critical discussion and participation, 14 writers will be selected for this Masterclass based on an application process which requests a sample of their work.


Details of the application process:

  1. Send 6 poems in one document via email to by Friday 21 August 2020. Make sure that all your work includes your name and contact details and is marked “Autumn Poetry Masterclass Application”. If unable to send your poems by email, please send to Tŷ Newydd in the post.
  2. If applicable, please send any information regarding your publication record
  3. We will inform you by mid-September whether you have been selected. If you are offered a place on this Masterclass, we will then request a deposit of £100 to secure your place.

Poems will not be returned. The tutors, Gillian Clarke and Jonathan Edwards, will select the participants based on the submitted poems, and their decision is final. If you are also applying for a Tŷ Newydd bursary, please send the relevant application form with your poems (form available on request).


To attend this course you have to apply following the instructions above. If successful, fees for this course will be £550 (shared room) / £675 (single room).  


Gillian Clarke

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 has published fourteen books for adults, and several for children as writer, translator or editor. Ice, published by Carcanet in 2012, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize in the same year 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 poetry project in 2014, and her most recent collection, Zoology, was published by Carcanet in 2017. Gillian's version of The Gododdin will be published by Faber in 2020.



Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards's first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award, and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), also received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award. His poem about Newport Bridge was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2019, and he has received prizes in the Ledbury Festival International Poetry Competition, the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition and the Cardiff International Poetry Competition. He has read his poems on BBC radio and television and at festivals around the world, recorded them for the Poetry Archive and led workshops in schools, universities and prisons. Jonathan is the editor of Poetry Wales.

Guest Reader

Imtiaz Dharker

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary filmmaker. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, her collections include The terrorist at my table (2006), Over the Moon (2014) and the latest, Luck is the Hook (2018) all published by Bloodaxe Books. She has been Poet-in-Residence at Cambridge University Library for Thresholds poetry project, 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 she also scripts and directs films, many for non-governmental organisations in India, in the area of shelter, education and health for women and children.

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