Gods, Monsters, & Faery Tales: Writing Fantastic Poems

Gods, Monsters, & Faery Tales: Writing Fantastic Poems

Unshackle your inner pantheon, unleash the beasties in your bestiary, and become the demonologist you always knew you wanted to be.

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform ZOOM * 

In this workshop, we will reveal whole pantheons, bestiaries and primal creation myths. We’ll read, write, and direct our attention towards the mythological, the legendary and the folkloric to see how the fantastic always intersects with the political and the personal. 

We’ll explore the transformative nature of our experiences and how to translate them onto the page – by reading and rewriting the work of contemporary poets like Abigail Parry, Matthew Haigh, Luke Kennard, Domenica Martinello, Ted Hughes, and others. 

Let’s read poems, write poems, and have fun! To help you in your journey, we will guide you through a set of unique, diverse challenges to help you enrich your poetry with monsters, heroes, gods, changelings, saints, and pop icons. 

2 half-day Zoom sessions, running 2–4.30pm (BST), on 15 & 29 October 2022. 

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. More information about how our Video Courses work can be found on the Video Courses page. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected] 

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About Serge Neptune View Profile

Serge ♆ Neptune has been called ‘the little merman of British poetry’. He is a London-based queer poet and a Faber Academy alumnus. His work can be found in The Rialto (forthcoming), Untitled: Voices, Magma, Fourteen Poems, Impossible Archetype, Queerlings, Finished Creatures, Perverse, Anthropocene, whynow, Harana Poetry, Lighthouse, Banshee, Spontaneous Poetics, Brittle Star, Ink Sweat & Tears and Strange Poetry, and the anthology Queer Life, Queer Love. One of his poems was commissioned by the London Science Museum and made into a collective poetry video along with poems by Lisa Kelly, Nadia Nadarajah, DL Williams.  

His work has been commended for the Winchester Poetry Prize in 2020. Serge has read his work widely at several venues, including The Torriano House, what we read now, Babel live, and the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. He also chaired events at Cheltenham Literary Festival. His first pamphlet is These Queer Merboys, published with Broken Sleep. 

'I would not be a published poet without the Poetry School! Their remote model of learning was vital for myself, as a busy working mother, to access the creative input I needed to progress my work.'

- Spring 2022 survey response

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