Virtual Course: Feminism in Poetry & Prose

Tue 7 June 2022 - Tue 14 June 2022
Tutors / Mari Ellis Dunning & Natalie Ann Holborow
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genres / FictionPoetry
Language / English

This virtual course will be delivered over 3 seperate sessions:

Tuesday 7 June (8.00 pm – 9.30 pm)

Thursday 9 June (8.00 pm – 9.30 pm)

Tuesday 14 June (8.00 pm – 9.30 pm)


Through these workshops, this course will explore the various ways in which feminism can be translated to creative writing and literature. We will uncover elements of feminism in works by writers such as Zoë Brigley, Fiona Benson, Angela Carter, and Amber Sparks amongst others. During this course, we will embolden the women of fairy tale, myth, history, and our own lives and discuss what feminism means to us as writers. Using prompts and writing exercises, we will challenge misogynistic portrayals of women in creative work, bring the marginalised to the forefront, and give voice to the silenced. Writers of poetry, prose, memoir, and more are all welcome.

Following the workshops, the writers will be invited to send work to the tutors for feedback. More information will be provided during the sessions.


Please note that you will need good internet connection to join this course, and it will be run using the platform Zoom. Contact us for more details.

If the fee for this course is a barrier for you to join, please contact us to discuss further.


Mari Ellis Dunning

Mari Ellis Dunning is a writer, feminist, and dog-lover. Mari’s debut poetry collection, Salacia, described by The Crunch Poetry Podcast as a selection that “gives voice to women who have been maligned, marginalised and mistreated” was published by Parthian Books in 2018, and was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award in 2019. The Wrong Side of the Looking Glass, written in collaboration with Natalie Ann Holborow, was published by Black Rabbit Press in 2020. Mari is a participant in Hay Festival Writers at Work scheme and is studying for a PhD at Aberystwyth University exploring accusations of witchcraft in 16th century Wales. Her second poetry collection, Pearl & Bone, will be released with Parthian in autumn 2022.

Natalie Ann Holborow

Natalie Ann Holborow is the author of And Suddenly You Find Yourself (2017) and Small (2020), and co-editor of Cheval 13, an anthology of the best short stories and poetry from young Welsh writers from the 2020 Terry Hetherington Award – all published by Parthian. A winner of the 2015 Terry Hetherington Award and finalist in the Cursed Murphy Spoken Word competition, her pamphlet with Mari Ellis Dunning, The Wrong Side of the Looking Glass (Black Rabbit Press), was published in 2020. She works as a marketer for Thinqi, is a trustee for the Terry Hetherington Awards and is a proud patron of The Leon Heart Fund.

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