How to Write Poetry

How to Write Poetry

A grounding in the basics for new writers, this course works through ten lessons exploring some of the traditions of poetry writing, an introduction to form and metre, and tips to develop intense, precise and significant poems.

Think of it as an expedition. Certain equipment is needed before you set off. Fortunately, most of what you need is cheap (some of it is free) and easy to come by. The most important bit is free: you need a world to exist in, and six senses with which to explore it: that is, the usual five plus a need to explore it and be mystified and delighted by it.

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Nigel Forde began his career as an actor at York Theatre Royal and has stayed in the area ever since.
He co-founded Riding Lights Theatre Co. and his most recent roles with them have been Eisenring in The Fire Raisers, Subtle in The Alchemist, and Polixenes and Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale. He has been a contributor to scores of programmes on BBC radio and is best known for presenting Radio 4’s Bookshelf. He works primarily, now, as a writer. He has won several poetry prizes, and a musical written with Arnold Wesker was premiered recently in Japan. He wrote the screenplay for three of BBC2’s animated series Testament, one of which was nominated for a BAFTA and won an EMMY and his latest film was awarded the Special Distinction in a TV Series at the 2002 Anneçy International Animation Festival. He wrote two films, for Claire Bloom and Jonathan Pryce, in Norman Stone’s series ‘Tales from the Madhouse’ and the script for Channel 4’s experimental ‘Play in a Week’. He was regularly heard on BBC Radio 4 for ten years; first as resident poet on Midweek, and then as the presenter of Bookshelf. He has been a contributor to scores of other radio and TV programmes, writing features, plays, talks and poems, and reading A Book at Bedtime.

The Poetry School has taught me that poetry is ordinary (accessible to me) and extraordinary – stimulating my brain to thoughts and their creative expression that might otherwise never have happened.

Summer 2015 survey response, 26/06/2015

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