Spring Poetry Masterclass

Mon 11 May 2020 - Sat 16 May 2020
Tutors / Gillian Clarke & Michael Woods
Guest Reader / Jane Clarke
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genre / Poetry
Language / English

This masterclass is aimed at committed poets aiming to further develop their writing. The week will feature a group workshop each morning to prompt the creation of new poems, individual writing time, and free afternoons for writing or gaining inspiration from Tŷ Newydd’s beautiful surroundings. You will also enjoy two evening poetry readings: one by the tutors, and the other by a visiting poet. The course will end with the creation of an anthology featuring work created by the participants and tutors, and a celebratory evening of readings in the library. This course will challenge and inspire writers looking to develop the shape, music and imaginative possibilities of their poetry.

So that everyone may benefit from a high level of critical discussion and participation, 14 writers will be selected for this Masterclass based on an application process which requests a sample of their work.

Details of the application process:

  1. Send 6 poems in one document via email to tynewydd@literaturewales.org by Friday 13 March 2020. Make sure that all your work includes your name and contact details and is marked “Spring Poetry Masterclass Application”. If unable to send your poems by email, please send to Tŷ Newydd in the post.
  2. If applicable, please send any information regarding your publication record
  3. We will inform you by mid-April whether you have been selected. If you are offered a place on this Masterclass, we will then request a deposit of £100 to secure your place.

Poems will not be returned. The tutors, Gillian Clarke and Michael Woods, will select the participants based on their application and submitted poems, and their decision is final. If you are also applying for a Tŷ Newydd bursary, please send the relevant application form with your poems (form available on request).


To attend this course you have to apply following the instructions above. If successful, fees for this course will be £550 (shared room) / £675 (single room).  


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 poetry project in 2014, and her most recent collection, Zoology, was published by Carcanet in 2017. Gillian's version of The Gododdin will be published by Faber in 2020.



Michael Woods

Michael Woods has had three poetry collections, Absence Notes (2011), Algebra (2017) and Opening Time (2018) published by Templar Poetry. His poems have won several prizes and featured in magazines and anthologies. As editor of Tandem poetry magazine, he published new writers alongside established names. His research degree focused on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, about whom he lectures at the annual Hopkins Festival in Newbridge, Ireland. Other publications include a study guide on the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, and commentaries on the Sheer Poetry website. Having taught English and Drama for many years, he is currently an associate lecturer in English Literature at the University of Worcester.

Guest Reader

Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke’s first collection, The River, (Bloodaxe Books 2015) was shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize and in that year she also won the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry and the inaugural Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year Award. Her illustrated chapbook All the Way Home (Smith|Doorstop 2019) responds to a soldier's letters during World War 1. Her second book-length collection When the Tree Falls was published by Bloodaxe Books in September 2019.  www.janeclarkepoetry.ie

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