Poetry: Writing about Life

Mon 20 August 2018 - Sat 25 August 2018
Tutors / Lemn Sissay & Sophie McKeand
Guest Reader / Zoë Skoulding
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genres / NaturePerformance PoetryPoetry
Language / English

*Single rooms sold out: only one shared room (male) available. Please contact for more information or to register for the waiting list*

How can we create authentic, meaningful poetry in response to the ever-changing world around us? Spend a week immersed in the Welsh landscape figuring it out. We’ll swim in the sea (optional!), walk the landscape, gaze at the sunset and put the world to rights while shaping and cajoling our thoughts onto the page with various writing prompts, discussions and ideas. We will look at how to communicate and project our voice by performing our poems, and by exploring new means of reaching audiences. The week will include group workshops, readings by the tutors and a guest reader, and one-to-one tutorials.


Let me get it right. What if we got it wrong?
What if we weakened ourselves getting strong
What if the message carried in the wind
Was saying something?

– Lemn Sissay


Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay is associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and inaugural trustee of World Book Night and an honorary doctor of Letters. He has been a writer from birth and foremost he is a poet.
Lemn is author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions and plays. Lemn was the first poet commissioned to write for London Olympics. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London. They can be seen in The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park. His Landmark Poem, ‘Guilt of Cain’, was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu in Fen Court near Fenchurch St Station.

Sophie McKeand

Sophie McKeand is an award-winning poet, TEDx speaker, and the current Young People’s Laureate Wales. She was listed as one of 30 people ‘shaping the Welsh agenda’ over the next 30 years by the Institute for Welsh Affairs, and is a Literature Wales bursary recipient for 2017. Sophie’s work has been widely published and she has performed internationally, in Ireland and at the Kolkata Literature Festival, India. Her poetry collection Rebel Sun is out with Parthian Books. www.sophiemckeand.com

Guest Reader

Zoë Skoulding

Zoë Skoulding is a poet, critic, performer and translator who has lived in north Wales since 1991. Her recent collections of poetry include Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008), The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and Teint: For the Bièvre (Hafan Books, 2016). She has translated the work of the Luxembourgish poet Jean Portante and other francophone poets, as well as participating in numerous international translation workshops. Her monograph Contemporary Women's Poetry and Urban Space: Experimental Cities was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, and she was editor of the international quarterly Poetry Wales 2008-2014. She is Reader in the School of English Literature at Bangor University.

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