Digital Taster Course: Introduction to Film Poetry

Fri 2 April 2021
Tutor / Zillah Bowes
Course Fee / From £12 per person
Genres / Performance PoetryPoetry
Language / English

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1.00 pm– 4.00 pm Friday 2 April 2021

Join poet and filmmaker Zillah Bowes for a practical, step-by-step introduction to film poetry. This will be a hands-on course for poets and/or poetry readers looking at how to create your very own mini video poem using your smartphone.

We will look at the relationship between image and sound, and how to create mood and feeling. You will record 2-3 lines of your own or another poet’s work* (written or chosen during the workshop) and 2-3 video clips, which you will edit. No previous filming experience is required, but you should understand how to record video and sound on your phone. We will ask you to download a free editing app on your phone beforehand, which you will learn how to use during the workshop.
To take part in this course you will need a smartphone, access to Zoom and a strong connection to the internet.

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 this course will be capped at 12, 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, where we offer a programme of day-long, weekend and week-long residential courses at our beautiful house in Llanystumdwy.

* Please note that if you use poetry under copyright, we won’t be able to share your clips publicly.


Literature Wales aims to enable everybody who would benefit from a course at Tŷ Newydd to do so, regardless of income or level of experience, and writers on low income have been identified as one of Literature Wales’ target client characteristics. If you cannot afford the course fee, please contact us to enquire about one of our allocated free spaces. Please note that whilst we will try our very best, we cannot always guarantee a free space due to the high volume of applications expected.


Zillah Bowes

Zillah Bowes is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. She has won the Wordsworth Trust Prize and Poems on the Buses Competition, and was shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize. She jointly won a Literature Matters Award from the Royal Society of Literature with poet Jonathan Edwards. Her latest short film, ‘Staying’, won the Grand Jury Prize at Premiers Plans Angers Film Festival and will be broadcast on BBC. Work from her upcoming photo exhibition Green Dark, commissioned by Ffotogallery and the Arts Council of Wales, was shown in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. She has taught as a visiting tutor at many institutions including the National Film and Television School and London Film School.

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