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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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‘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 Aldeburg: 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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‘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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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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