Birdie Hop Studio

Birdie Hop Studio

Get some avian inspiration and soar through poetry's many fascinations with birds.

Past and present, birds are of course – even more than a sweetheart – the number one muse for a poet, from the much-vaunted nightingale to the lesser-penned pigeon.  

This is a course for ornithologists and non-bird specialists alike. Writing poems about individual birds, and the concept of ‘bird’ in general, we’ll approach the subject from three points of view: document, symbol, and elsewhere.  

Helping us along the way for avian inspiration and airborne direction we’ll look at poets such as Gertrude Stein, Syd Barrett, Wallace Stevens, Robert Lax, Larry Eigner, John Clare and Maggie O’Sullivan. 

Studios are 4-week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students.  

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected] For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About James Davies View Profile

James Davies has published a number of books of poetry including stack (Carcanet), a book-length minimalist poem based around conventional and non-conventional walking practices. He is also the author of the experimental novel The Wood Pigeons (Dostoevsky Wanabee), which perhaps has very little to do with birds but mentions pigeons a number of times. Since 2008 he has edited the poetry press if p then q, and between 2008-2018 he was the co-organiser of The Other Room reading series & resources website in Manchester. You can find out more at 

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