From casual kick-around to serious competition, let adrenaline and athleticism activate your poems
Whether you think of it as the most glorious of trivialities or war minus the shooting, sport in all its forms is fertile ground for poetic exploration. Maybe it’s the brute musicality of a terrace chant, a moment of perfect athletic ability or even being out of breath on your morning run, but any and all of those are perfect moments to spark a poem. In this session we’ll look at how poets have captured triumph, despair and everything between, and share some writing prompts to start your sporting poems.
Saturday 22 June, 10.30am – 4.30pm.
All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.
More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.
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About Rishi Dastidar View Profile
Rishi Dastidar’s poetry has been published by Financial Times, New Scientist and the BBC amongst many others. His debut collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press, and a poem from it was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. A pamphlet with Offord Road Books is forthcoming in 2019. A member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, he is also chair of the London writer development organisation Spread the Word.
‘The Poetry School has been essential to my development as a poet. I have found a community of people who share my love of poetry.’