Poetry, Investigation and Play

Mon 21 September 2020 - Fri 25 September 2020
Tutors / Rosy Carrick & Ross Sutherland
Guest Reader / Ian McMillan
Course Fee / From £450 - £550 per person
Genres / Performance PoetryPoetry
Language / English

“Poetry is an investigation, not an expression, of what you know” – Mark Doty

Through workshops, discussions, performances and more, this course will focus on how we can expand the scope of our writing. Using familiar themes and instances from our own lives we will look at what happens when we blur the line between autobiography and fiction. What new stories might emerge if we slip on a new identity – and can we use language to change our reality? Can word-games help us develop new ways of exploring our thoughts, creating new forms of poetry? This week’s plethora of playful and innovative techniques will take you on new and original journeys with your poetry. You will leave with new, surprising poems, and the energy to write more.


Rosy Carrick

Rosy Carrick is a poet, playwright, performer and translator. Long-time co-host of the poetry stages at Latitude and Glastonbury festivals, she was also co-curator of the Port Eliot festival poetry stage. Her first full collection Chokey was published in 2018 by Burning Eye Books. Rosy has a PhD on the poetry of Vladimir Mayakovsky and has published two books of his work in translation. Between 2012 and 2016 she taught English Literature and Critical Theory at Sussex University, and she currently teaches Creative Writing and Performance at Brighton University as a visiting lecturer. In 2018, Rosy's critically acclaimed solo performance play Passionate Machine won the Best New Play award at Brighton Fringe and The Infallibles Award for theatrical excellence at Edinburgh Fringe, before touring internationally throughout 2019. She is currently working on Musclebound, a new live literature show about professional bodybuilding.

Ross Sutherland

Ross Sutherland was born in Edinburgh. He has published four collections of poetry, including Emergency Window (Penned in the Margins, 2012). His poetry play Stand by For Tape Back-Up, was shortlisted for the 2015 Art Foundation Prize for Spoken Word and the film adaptation won the Grand Jury Prize for Experimental Film at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. In 2016 his play, Party Trap, written entirely in palindromic form was performed to critical acclaim. In 2017 he created the 30-minute poetry film Missing Episode for BBC2, and it was also screened at the Museum of the Moving Image as part of their 2018 First Look season. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Short Cuts and produces the monthly new writing podcast Imaginary Advice which was awarded Best Fiction Podcast at the 2018 British Podcast Awards.

Guest Reader

Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan is a poet, broadcaster, writer and performer. He’s poet-in-residence for Barnsley Football Club and presents BBC Radio 3’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.

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