Location, Location, Location: Countries of the Mind

Location, Location, Location: Countries of the Mind

Develop your own ‘poetry of place’ as we explore the poetic possibilities of, real and imaginary, locations.

Where and when poems are ‘located’ isn’t just about setting – the place itself may be the point or central character of the poem. In this course, we’ll explore the poetic possibilities of rural, urban, and suburban places; places we remember (clearly or hazily); places we occupy and know well in our everyday lives; places that no longer officially exist; places our ancestors may have lived/known; places we’ve never been; places that exist only in our dreams and imaginations.  

We’ll look at how particular poets have engaged with ‘place’ – including Edward Thomas’s ‘Adlestrop’ and ‘Hastings’ by Imtiaz Dharker, amongst others – and explore the rich seam of more surreal/supernatural ‘imaginary place’ writing, in poetry, prose, and visual imagery. You’ll experiment with different approaches to creating place through bold and fresh imagery, and think about the ways in which your own ‘poetry of place’ can be explored through text, performance, and collaboration with other creative practitioners. 


5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks, starting 19 January 2022. Live Chats on fortnightly Wednesdays, 7–9 pm (GMT); first Live Chat: 2 February. 

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. 

If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected] For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

Image credit: Suhash Villuri 

About Catherine Smith View Profile

Catherine Smith has published two pamphlets (The New Bride and The New Cockaigne) and three full collections of poetry, The Butcher’s Hands, Lip, and Otherwhere. Twice shortlisted for Forward Prizes and once for the Aldeburgh/Jerwood First Collection Prize, she was selected as one of ‘the twenty most exhilarating poets of her generation’ in the PBS/Arts Council ‘Next Generation’ promotion, and also one of Mslexia’s Top Ten Women Poets. She co-adapted her pamphlet length supernatural narrative poem, The New Cockaigne, for a Live Literature show. She has performed her poetry at The Royal Festival Hall, and Latitude and Port Eliot Festival. Her poetry for adults and for children is widely anthologised. She has taught poetry for adults, teenagers and children for over 20 years and many of her students are now published poets. 

‘I wish I had found the Poetry School much earlier, when I was struggling to write poetry in isolation. Since I have since published several poems that were written for PS courses and improved by feedback from tutors and fellow students.’

— Spring 2021 survey

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