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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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‘Accidental Narratives’ by Jack Underwood and a new writing prompt from Ben Rogers

Today’s poem starts as an eclectic list of objects, ranging from a caraway seed to a waxwork head of Chaplin, that all may have “accidental narratives” to tell. This miniature collection of curiosities then segues into a rumination that spills out of the frame of the poem. At Poetry in Aldeburgh: Jack Underwood will read…

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Wayfinders: A Poetry School Reading at Poetry in Aldeburgh

Wayfinders, a Poetry School reading at the Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival, is an example of the Poetry School in action. From our earliest days, we have been a place where poets come to learn from each other, and where they find ways into poetry with the help of a supportive community of fellow writers. Tamar Yoseloff…

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‘Two Tannoys (A Noise Annoys)’ by Paul Stephenson and a new writing prompt from Ben Rogers

Today’s poem from Paul Stephenson playfully splices a pair of tannoyed announcements at a train station with homophonic translations of the instructions.  Arranged in the shape of the two tannoys, the poem seeks to “fuse” the authoritative voice with a subversive echo. At Poetry in Aldeburgh: Paul Stephenson will read as part of ‘Making Sense…

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Poetry in Aldeburgh: Ben Rogers interviews… Paul Stephenson

An Interview with Paul Stephenson

“In the manner of George Perec’s lipogram novel La Disparition, can you explain, without using the letter E, what you like about poetry in Aldeburgh…?”

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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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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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