John Greening Cambridge Seminar

John Greening Cambridge Seminar

Intimate monthly seminars with John Greening in Cambridge.

* To ensure the safety of our tutors and students, the first few sessions will take place on the video-conferencing platform, ZOOM *

Monthly seminar groups with John Greening, featuring close reading, in-depth discussion and feedback on your poems-in-progress, as well guidance on your next steps as a poet and conversation around contemporary poetry. With a maximum of eight students, these seminars provide an intimate setting and generate supportive and critical friendships, helping you to become part of your local poetry community.

Entry into this group is by application only. If you would like to sign up, please contact the office for information and we will assist you in the application process. Do not book online before applying.

8 x monthly sessions between October and May. The first 3 sessions of the year will run on Zoom, with the remaining 5 being scheduled to take place in person, in The Michaelhouse Centre (CB2 1SU). Classes will run : 10:30am–1pm on the below dates.

10-Oct (Zoom)
21-Nov (Zoom)
12-Dec (Zoom)
9-Jan
13-Feb
13-Mar
17-Apr
15-May

More information about how all our seminars work can be found on the Seminars Course Page.

About John Greening View Profile

John Greening was awarded the Alexandria Poetry Prize before publication of his earliest books, Westerners (Hippopotamus Press, 1982) and The Tutankhamun Variations (Bloodaxe, 1991). A dozen further collections followed, notably Hunts: Poems 1979-2009 (Greenwich Exchange, 2009), and To the War Poets (Carcanet, 2013). Over the last decades, he has edited the work of Edmund Blunden and Geoffrey Grigson, produced several anthologies, and written studies of Elizabethan Love Poets, Yeats, Hardy, First World War Poets, Edward Thomas and Ted Hughes. Among other awards, he has won an Arvon (judged by Hughes and Heaney), the Bridport and a Cholmondeley. A long-time reviewer for the TLS and an Eric Gregory judge, he has appeared at the British Academy and Shakespeare’s Globe, performing his own work or talking about other people’s, and has contributed to various radio and television programmes. Collaborations include the sequence, Heath, with Penelope Shuttle, libretti for composers Cecilia McDowall and Philip Lancaster, and contributions to baritone Roderick Williams’s Schubert Project. John Greening has held several Fellowships, most recently for the RLF at Newnham College, Cambridge.

‘The courses have helped extend my range as a poet and given me more confidence to experiment.’

– Spring 2018 survey response

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