Digital Taster Course: Poetry and Place

Fri 19 February 2021
Tutor / Marvin Thompson
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genre / Poetry
Language / English

12.00 – 1.30 pm Friday 19 February 2021


Join Marvin Thompson for an hour-long digital workshop looking at writing poetry about place. Do you have a favourite place, a view, a memory that lends itself to poetic imagery? Or is there a story in the ground beneath your feet, a piece of forgotten history waiting to be told? Marvin will give a taste of how to go about capturing a place in a poem, and you will leave the course with ideas on how to continue. 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 16, 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.


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.


Marvin Thompson

Marvin Thompson was born in London to Jamaican parents and now lives in mountainous south Wales. He is a writer, teacher and filmmaker. His debut poetry collection, Road Trip (Peepal Tree Press, 2020), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In June 2020, the Poetry Society selected Road Trip as one of five Black Lives Matter Inspiration Books. Road Trip was one of 40 officially recommended collections and anthologies for National Poetry Day, 2020. The Guardian described Road Trip as an “invigorating journey through the complexities of black British family life.” The Telegraph selected Road Trip as one of the Poetry Books of the Year for 2020.

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