Spring Poetry Masterclass

Mon 11 March 2019 - Sat 16 March 2019
Tutors / Gillian Clarke & Maura Dooley
Guest Reader / Zaffar Kunial
Course Fee / From £550 - £675 per person
Genre / Poetry
Language / English

This masterclass is aimed at experienced poets, and will focus on a high level of critical discussion and participation. The course will be a unique opportunity for committed poets to further develop their writing. Group workshops will prompt the creation of new poems, and we will discuss work in progress and offer mutual support in smaller groups. There will also be plenty of individual writing time and extra group workshops in the afternoons. During the week the tutors and a visiting poet will give readings of their work. Participants will contribute to and edit an anthology, which will be read in a celebratory event on Friday evening.


Gillian Clarke

Gillian Clarke was the National Poet of Wales between 2008 and 2016. In 2010 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and the Wilfred Owen Award in 2012. She has published fourteen books for adults, and several for children as writer, translator or editor. Ice, published by Carcanet in 2012, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize in the same year and her new Selected Poems was published by Picador in 2016. She was Poet in Residence at the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge for Thresholds in 2014, and her most recent collection, Zoology, was published by Carcanet in 2017. 




David Hunter

Maura Dooley

Maura Dooley’s most recent collection of poetry is The Silvering (Bloodaxe Books, 2016). The poems in Negative of a Group Photograph (Bloodaxe Books, 2018) are her English-language versions of poems by the exiled Iranian writer Azita Ghahreman,created with Elhum Shakerifa. Anthologies she has edited include, The Honey Gatherers: A Book of Love Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), and How Novelists Work (Seren, 2000). She has twice been shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award and twice for the Forward Single Poem Award. She is a recipient of a Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Guest Reader

Zaffar Kunial

Zaffar Kunial’s first full poetry collection, Us, was published by Faber & Faber in 2018. Jackie Kay responded by saying, “His poems are precise, startling in their originality, full of grace.” Since his first public reading of his poem 'Hill Speak' at the 2011 National Poetry Competition awards, he has spoken at various literature festivals and on programmes for BBC radio, and has won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem 'The Word'.

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