Joyful Noise: Poetry & Happiness

Joyful Noise: Poetry & Happiness

2020’s been rough; so, let’s look to the bright side and explore happy poems with Katrina Naomi!

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

“We know happiness | because it is not always usual, and does not wait to leave.” – Jack Underwood, ‘Happiness’ 

How do we write about happiness? How do we even approach the complexities of this emotion in these uncertain times? We’ll take our guidance from poets including Liz Berry, Julia Copus, Ha Jin, Roger Robinson, Shuntaro Tanikawa and Jack Underwood. We’ll also take in freewriting, writing in response to music, and consider ideas that can promote our ability as poets to write unselfconsciously, deeply and – whisper it – joyfully. 

The course will have 2 parts, the first being a Zoom session, filled with challenging reading, writing, and group discussions on the topic, after which you’ll be set various writing prompts and exercises to complete at home, before reconvening for a Zoom-based workshop in part 2 to discuss and develop your new poems. 

Two sessions on Saturdays: 6 February & 13 February, 10.30am – 1pm. The course will take place using the video conferencing platform, Zoom.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

Image Credit: Luca Upper

About Katrina Naomi View Profile

Katrina Naomi received an Authors’ Foundation award from the Society of Authors for her third full collection, Wild Persistence, (Seren, June 2020). Katrina has published four pamphlets of poetry, including the Japan-themed Typhoon Etiquette (Verve Poetry Press, 2019). Her poetry has appeared on Radio 4’s Front Row and Poetry Please, and on Poems on the Underground. Katrina was the first poet-in-residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum and was highly commended in the 2017 Forward Prize for Poetry. She has a PhD in creative writing (Goldsmiths) and tutors for Arvon, Newydd and the Poetry School. She lives in Cornwall. 

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