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Online Q&A panel: ‘The Path to a First Collection’ with Amy Wack, Hannah Lowe, Kim Moore and Neil Astley

The path to a first collection – torturous and winding, or downhill all the way? As part of our CAMPUS Digital Open Day, we’ve put together a powerhouse panel of two poet/editor pairings – Amy Wack & Kim Moore, and Hannah Lowe & Neil Astley – who’ll be here to talk luck versus hard work,…

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Open Workshop: ‘Dream Mechanics’

Do you write poetry in your sleep? Are you prone to visions of the night? Do you believe dreams reveals aspects of yourself? You’re not alone – poets from Chaucer to Kleinzahler have long delighted in the fantastical and uncertain landscapes created by our unconscious minds. In this workshop, poet and publisher Tom Chivers will…

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CAMPUS Digital Open Day: join us May 7

CAMPUS – the social network for poets – is hosting its first ever Digital Open Day this Wednesday 7 May. If you’re currently a CAMPUS member or thinking about joining our community, this is best way to find out more, interact with other poets, as well as a rare opportunity to peek into our many…

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The Poetry School / Pighog Shortlist Announcement

The Poetry School and Pighog are pleased to announce the shortlist for their second annual pamphlet competition. Judges Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith read more than 600 ten-page entries, longlisting 35 of them, and from that longlist, picked the following shortlist of 13.   Amy McCauley – Slops Fiona Cartwright – Mrs Darwin’s Egg Francine…

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Poetry School / Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition longlist announced

The Poetry School and Pighog are pleased to announce the longlist for their second annual pamphlet competition. After receiving over 600 entries (a big increase on last year’s entries), judges Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith can reveal the 35 poets on the longlist. Simon Barraclough says of the judging process ‘Arriving at the long-list was…

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Open Workshop: ‘Poetry (in)Formal’

‘How does a mountain occur to you? How can it?’ (‘Towards Suaineabhal’, Nichola Deane) How do you choose a form for your poem? Wrong question.  How do you let the form find you? A better approach. Better… but perhaps it’s best to ask how the words find their own form, and, at their best, become…

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Live Q&A with Sam Riviere: ‘Even if it’s Just to Talk: The poet as collaborator’

How much should a poet work outside their comfort zone? What can the writer learn by using other art forms – other than their own – to express themselves? And, with increasing access to the internet and the ability to work together real time, should the poet collaborate with other writers as much as they…

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Live Q&A with Sean O’Brien: ‘The Poetry of History’

We’re ecstatically excited to announce that Sean O’Brien will be coming to CAMPUS this Spring to kick off a new season of Live Q&A’s and answer your questions. Sean is one of the most prolific and important figures in British poetry over the last four decades, as well as being a highly acclaimed critic, journalist,…

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Open Workshop: ‘Hackwriting’

So far in our Open Workshop series we’ve had Oulipio-style creative upcycling with Claire Trévien, pronounless prosody from Dai George, and a reflection on the power of inheritances from Richie McCaffery. February’s Open Workshop comes courtesy of Alex MacDonald, our Digital-Poet-in-waiting, who will be offering ‘a study in uncreative writing’, inspired by his own poem…

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Open Workshop: ‘Absent Pronouns’

There’s another free Open Workshop coming your way on CAMPUS. Starting 27th January, Seren poet, Dai George, will lead you through the process of writing pronoun-less poems, removing the ‘I’, ‘me’ and ‘you’ altogether. Pronouns shape our thinking and determine the type of poem that we might write. For this Open Workshop, you will look at the…

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The Poetry School / Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2013-14

Following the success of last year’s competition, we are delighted to present the second Poetry School / Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition. First Prize: Publication by Pighog Press and 40 copies of the pamphlet 4 Runners up: a free place on a Poetry School activity Judges: Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith Closing date for initial entries:…

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Best Friends Forever: call for submissions

Best Friends Forever (BFF) is a new anthology of poems on female friendship edited by Amy Key, to be published by The Emma Press. This new anthology aims to reflect the scale of intensity within female friendships – the intimate and the casual, the life sustaining and the life changing, as well as the tensions…

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Open Workshop with Richie McCaffery: ‘Treasuring the priceless pearl’

We’re delighted to have Richie McCaffery, one of our Aldeburgh highlights, teaching the next of our Open Workshops series: ‘Treasuring the priceless pearl’ or ‘not your dear last master’? : Using inheritances and heirlooms to form poems For this assignment, you will explore the ‘inner eloquence’ of the items we inherit, using heirlooms and objects…

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Live Q&A with W. N. Herbert: ‘Wish I Was Here: When Is The Poet Present?’

W. N. Herbert – poet, critic and Dundee’s first ever makar (that’s ‘bard’ to you or I) – is coming to CAMPUS Live Q&A’s this Friday 6 December. Bill is the author of one of our favourite poetry books of the year – the mind-melting/melding future classic, Omnesia (available from Bloodaxe in glorious twin editions)….

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Live Q&A with Pascale Petit and Claire Trévien: ‘Transforming Trauma into Poetry’

Poetry School co-founder, Pascale Petit, will be online this Friday (22 Nov) to discuss the topic of ‘Transforming Trauma into Poetry’. And we need your questions! Pascale is particularly interested to hear questions about her collections The Zoo Father and What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, and her upcoming book Fauverie (due Autumn…

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Live Q&A with Emily Berry – call for questions

The very talented and very wonderful Emily Berry will be online Friday 15 November 2013 at 1pm to answer your questions. Places are limited, so if you’d like to participate in this live Q&A with Emily and/or submit a question, please email [email protected] Emily’s first book, Dear Boy, is one of the most lauded debut collections in recent times,…

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Welcome to the CAMPUS blog, a new online space for poetry

The CAMPUS blog is a new home for independent voices, open to all CAMPUS members and non-members, exclusively dedicated to the discussion, support and creative development of poetry. If CAMPUS is the virtual common room where poets can connect and collaborate, then the CAMPUS blog is its public broadcast station. It is totally unrestricted, and…

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