Beyond the Self: The Persona Poem

Beyond the Self: The Persona Poem

Free your imagination by playing with the 'I' in your poems.

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been” – George Eliot. Writing in a persona, whether a historical or fictional character, offers infinite possibilities and freedom, transporting the writer beyond the familiar self in their poems and the mirror. Taking inspiration from poets including TS Eliot, Louise Glück and Kei Miller, we will play with the ‘I’ in our poems, assuming identities and using myth and fairytale to transform autobiographical material into story.  We will also explore poetry of witness and reflect on questions of appropriation and authenticity as we consider which stories are not ours to tell.

Starts 25 January. 5 weekly sessions, 6:45pm – 8:45pm on Thursdays.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

(Image: ‘David Zellaby’)

About Shazea Quraishi View Profile

Shazea Quraishi is a Pakistani-born Canadian poet, playwright and translator whose poems have appeared in UK and US publications including The Financial Times, The Guardian, Modern Poetry in Translation and Poetry Review.  Her collection The Art of Scratching was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015, and she is adapting her chapbook The Courtesans Reply as a play. In 2015, she was the recipient of a Brooklease Grant from the Royal Society of Literature, and an Artists International Development Fund award. She teaches with English PEN, Translators in Schools and The Poetry School, and is an artist in residence with Living Words.

I know I have a great poem inside me. Going on this course has helped me focus my self, connected me with my own unique style and has given me the confidence to say ‘yes, I can write”

Summer 2017 Survey Response

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