In My Beginning is My End: Masterclass

In My Beginning is My End: Masterclass

Head to the moon with Sean O’Brien and consider which parts of your poems should be jettisoned into the vacuum of space.

A rocket is launched towards the moon; at the beginning of its flight it is massive and cumbersome but, as it travels into space, it sheds parts of itself whose usefulness is now over. Arriving on the moon, the rocket might only be the size of a delivery van.

In a poem there may be several words or passages necessary to getting it off the ground; but how do we recognise the points at which they have become redundant? How do we streamline our poems after take off and prepare them for successful landings?

Join the T.S. Eliot Award-winning Sean O’Brien for a day of intensive writing, with provocative examples and discussion, guaranteed to help you launch some new poems, jettison their non-essential parts, and guide them to successful dénouements.

Saturday 29 February, 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.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).
Please contact [email protected] for further information.
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Sean O’Brien’s most recent collection Europa (2018) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize, of which he is a previous winner. His next book, his tenth, to be published in spring 2020 is It Says Here, which includes both a full collection and the book-length dream-vision poem Hammersmith. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.


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