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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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Poetry in Aldeburgh: Ben Rogers interviews… Ian Duhig

An Interview with Ian Duhig

“I think it can be misleading to talk about musicality in poetry as that tends to mean a certain kind of musicality when in fact many exist, including those which seem distinctly unmusical to other musics.”

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‘Half the Story’ by Ian Duhig and a new writing prompt by Ben Rogers

Today’s poem begins by offering a tale about the celebrated writer Franz Kafka cheering up a little girl who has lost her doll in a park, producing a succession of letters for her from the absent doll. The second “half” of the poem then offers an alternative version of events, before trailing off with a…

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‘Nomura Haikus’

Iris Goddess of rainbows blue indigo violet mood after rainfall   Foxglove Southwark Cathedral bells tinkle in foxglove spires a candle is lit   Aquilegia Set in the city columbine from the woodlands the alpine meadows   Agapanthus Bridal Bouquet Lily of the Nile beribboned sapphire bloom floats along the aisle   Achillea Millefolium Paprika…

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‘Instructions to the Lemon Grass Artist’ by Chrissy Williams and a new writing prompt from Ben Rogers

Today’s poem charts the surreal and incredible adventures of some Lemon Grass voyaging into space.  Additionally though, the poem in itself is in a kind of transit, being a set of “instructions” for an unseen artist to convert the words into visual form, supplemented by textual captions given in capital letters. At Poetry in Aldeburgh:…

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Poetry in Aldeburgh: Ben Rogers interviews… Chrissy Williams

An Interview with Chrissy Williams

“Play is fundamental, I think, to anyone interested in artistic expression, and communication.”

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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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