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How to Write Poetry £10.00 Tutor: Nigel Forde

How to Write Poetry

A grounding in the basics for new writers, this course works through ten lessons exploring some of the traditions of poetry writing, an introduction to form and metre, and tips to develop intense, precise and significant poems.


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‘On Dunwich Beach’ by Fiona Moore and a new writing prompt from Ben Rogers

Today’s poem from Fiona Moore’s pamphlet The Only Reason for Time is set in Dunwich, a small coastal village located a few miles north of Aldeburgh. The poem’s persistent refrain “for you” develops and builds through the couplets, while echoing the rhythm of the North Sea’s “raids” against the shore. At Poetry in Aldeburgh: Fiona…

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‘The Molecatcher’s Warning’ by Rebecca Watts and a new writing prompt from Ben Rogers

Today’s poem from Rebecca Watts is one of a number of animal poems that feature in her first collection The Met Office Advises Caution, recently released with Carcanet. In gruesome detail, it depicts a scene of strung-up moles in a remote place “Ten miles from the nearest anywhere”, and the futility of the warning that…

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Poetry in Aldeburgh: Ben Rogers interviews… Rebecca Watts

An Interview with Rebecca Watts

A poem should always involve an imaginative act, and pretending to be something other is a good way of triggering one.

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structural dynamics on a chalk board

‘The Institute’ by Dan Burt and a new writing prompt from Ben Rogers

Today’s poem describes the experience of encountering a whiteboard covered with incomprehensible calculations while being toured around a mathematics faculty.  The poet was struck by the symbols and the “unthought, deep belief in the potential value of an idea”, the emphatic instruction DO NOT ERASE beneath them suggesting the possibility of their profound importance. Read…

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Poetry in Aldeburgh: Ben Rogers interviews… Dan Burt

An Interview with Dan Burt

“If a piece has nothing to say, why bother saying it?”

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If you are looking for a venue to facilitate your own teaching, workshops, meetings or other gatherings, the Poetry School has three flexible spaces for hire at very affordable rates. Rooms are available most weekdays and some weekends.

Situated on Lambeth Walk, the Poetry School is located in a central and convenient area for public transport and is within walking distance of several tube stations including Waterloo.

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