Writing Poetry: Virtual Course

Mon 14 September 2020 - Fri 18 September 2020
Tutors / Jonathan Edwards & Kim Moore
Guest Reader / Inua Ellams
Course Fee / From £275 per person
Genre / Poetry
Language / English

Join us on a Tŷ Newydd writing course from your own home for a week of experimenting with poetry. Group workshops to inspire new work and techniques will be delivered digitally in the mornings, with afternoons set aside for your writing. You will take part in one-to-one tutorials with both Jonathan and Kim to help you improve and hone your individual poems. You will also be offered the opportunity to meet in small groups informally to discuss your progress. To inspire your own work, you will be invited to join two exclusive evenings of poetry readings: one evening featuring the tutors, and another mid-week reading by our guest reader, Inua Ellams. The course will end on Friday with a celebration of the poetry you will have created during the course.

In the spirit of Tŷ Newydd’s late night library gatherings, a safe digital space will be created for you to discuss your inspirations, frustrations and more with your co-writers. To make the digital library more authentic we have even put Tony’s recipes on our blog for you to prepare snacks and meals to enjoy during the week.

After the course ends, your chosen poems will be collated by Literature Wales and turned into a digital anthology as a keepsake.

You will need good internet access to take part in this course, as it will mainly be delivered through the video platform Zoom. The number of participants will be capped at 10 to ensure that everyone receives close individual attention and feedback.

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Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards's first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award, and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), also received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award. His poem about Newport Bridge was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2019, and he has received prizes in the Ledbury Festival International Poetry Competition, the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition and the Cardiff International Poetry Competition. He has read his poems on BBC radio and television and at festivals around the world, recorded them for the Poetry Archive and led workshops in schools, universities and prisons. Jonathan is the editor of Poetry Wales.

Kim Moore

Kim Moore’s first collection The Art of Falling (Seren, 2015) won the 2016 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her poem In That Year from this collection was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2015. She won a Northern Writers Award in 2014, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2010.  Her pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, was shortlisted for a Michael Marks award and named in The Independent as a Book of the Year. She is a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University and is working on her second collection. She is one of the judges for the 2020 Forward Prizes for Poetry and is the Co-Director of Kendal Poetry Festival.

Guest Reader

Inua Ellams

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist and designer and founder of The Midnight Run – an international, arts-filled, night-time, playful, urban walking experience. He is a Complete Works poet alumni and a designer at White Space Creative Agency. Across his work, identity, displacement and destiny are reoccurring themes in which he also tries to mix the old with the new: traditional African storytelling with contemporary poetry, pencil with pixel, texture with vector images. His poetry is published by Flipped Eye, Akashic, Nine Arches and he has several plays published by Oberon.


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