Digital Taster Course: Generating Poem Ideas

Fri 18 February 2022
Tutor / Matthew Haigh
Course Fee / From £12 per person
Genre / Poetry
Language / English

12.00 pm – 1.30 pm Friday 18 February 2022

Join Matthew Haigh for a digital workshop exploring how to generate exciting ideas for your poems. Can the tropes and structures of popular culture mediums, such as video games, aid you in exploring subjects such as grief and loss? Can the unpredictable nature of cut-ups ignite exciting possibilities of play and juxtaposition? We will also explore how to use the structures of other mediums, such as visual art, to make your poems stand out from the crowd. The workshop will last an hour, but time has been set aside to settle in at the beginning to ask questions, and for discussions with your fellow writers at the end.

The Tŷ Newydd taster courses series will offer a whistle-stop tour of various genres and themes in both English and Welsh, to continue to inspire your writing during the winter months. Participant numbers for each taster course will be capped at 20, and the course will be delivered through the video platform Zoom. We hope to welcome you to Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre when we reopen our doors in the spring, where we offer a programme of day-long, weekend and week-long residential courses at our beautiful house in Llanystumdwy.

If the fee for this course is restricting you from attending, please visit our Financial Support page for advice.


Matthew Haigh

Matthew Haigh is the author of poetry collections Vampires (Bad Betty Press, 2021), Death Magazine (Salt, 2019) and Black Jam (Broken Sleep Books, 2019). He is the co-editor of Hit Points: an anthology of video game poetry (Broken Sleep Books, 2021). Death Magazine was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize in 2020. His work has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes, commended in the Winchester Poetry Prize, and published in journals including Poetry Wales, The Rialto, Magma, The Guardian and Poetry London. In 2021 he was a judge for the Poetry Wales Pamphlet Competition and interviewed for Edge Magazine on the relationship between poetry and video games.

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