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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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Meet Ben Rogers – the Poetry in Aldeburgh / Poetry School Poet in Residence

Poetry Schoolers, meet Ben. Ben, meet the Poetry Schoolers. Some of you might have already met, mind you. Ben Rogers is a familiar face round London and Cambridge’s poetry events. He’s published a pamphlet recently with the Emma Press (Mackerel Salad)  and he’s also featured in Carcanet’s New Poetries VI. Poetry in Aldeburgh is a…

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“We-Poetics” – How I Did It: ‘Body Logic’

Because first of all, it’s not just I. Even in poetry, even the lonely writing on a lined pad or keypad. Even that has its communal moments. No one does anything on one’s own. And that goes for writing, too. When I read a book of poems that move me, I know I am moved…

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Want to write reviews for us?

If you’re a poet and interested in writing reviews on the latest poetry releases, then listen up! We’ve decided to make a few tentative tip-toes into the poetry reviewing game, and we want YOU to help. We will pay £60 for a review of one collection or poetry book, at a blog-friendly length of at…

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Anti-Poetry for today: Melissa Lee-Houghton looks to reinvent Dada

This is a course for people who want to do something new and respond to the world around them by writing poems which engage with the fizzing energy and anarchic vibe of Dada whilst exploring contemporary art, film and writing and assimilating the current political climate. So what will poets be doing on this course?…

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Artist: Jan van Eyck
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‘Mrs Arnolfini’s interior’

My husband’s seville oranges are ripening on the window ledge; he punctures and sucks at them before flinging the pith to the pigs. When he’s not trading silk, he likes to paint still lives, nature morte. I know this child’s another phantom. I gather my dress under my ribs, rest a hand where its head…

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Hire our London Venue MORE INFO & BOOKINGS

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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