Many A Gem Lies Buried…

Many A Gem Lies Buried…

Spend the first day of this 2-day workshop immersed in Abney Park Cemetery, before gathering a month later to workshop poems inspired by the visit.

… said Charles Baudelaire. We will spend the first day of this 2-day workshop immersing ourselves in the atmosphere of Abney Park in Stoke Newington – a Victorian cemetery where public and private, poverty and privilege, life and death, nature and decay all converge. Originally laid out as an arboretum, Abney Park became a burial ground for Dissenters, the first fully nondenominational cemetery in Europe where anyone could be buried anywhere. You’ll then have a month to come up with your own original pieces before the second day, where we’ll gather at The Poetry School to workshop the poems inspired by the visit.

A two-day workshop running 10:30 – 16:30 on Saturday 20th May (Cemetery Day) and Saturday 10th June (Workshop Day).

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Cheryl Moskowitz is an American born poet, novelist and playwright who has lived in London, UK since 1970. She studied Psychology at Sussex University and subsequent training includes Mime, Mask and Movement with Leonard Pitt (Berkeley, California), Drama Therapy with Sue Jennings (Herts College of Art and Design, St. Albans) and Psychodynamic Counselling at the Highgate Counselling Centre. She began writing and performing poetry in the 80’s with the poetry collectives Angels of Fire and LIP, during which time her poems were published in various anthologies (publishers inc. Chatto & Windus, Rivelin Grapheme, Women’s Press and Five Leaves). In 1996 she co-founded the organisation LAPIDUS (Association for Literary Arts and Personal Development) and taught on the Creative Writing and Personal Development MA at Sussex University 1996 – 2010. In 1998 her first novel WYOMING TRAIL was published by Granta. Her poetry collection THE GIRL IS SMILING (Circle Time Press) was published February 2012. A collection of poetry for children CAN IT BE ABOUT ME? illustrated by Ros Asquith (published by Frances Lincoln Publishers in 2012), which was selected by Children’s Poetry Bookshelf as recommended title; and in 2015, the anthology of poetry created at her residency in Highfield Primary School, a life in the year of… Poetry At Highfield (Circle Time Press 2015). Since the mid 90’s she has worked as a freelance facilitator of creative writing projects in the community for many arts organisations including the Poetry Society, Create Arts, TEXT Writers in Schools, the Samaritans and the British Council, English Touring Opera, and Dulwich Picture Gallery. In 2013 Cheryl was in the inaugural ‘Aldeburgh Eight’ advanced poetry seminar at the Aldeburgh Poetry festival, tutored by Peter Sansom and Michael Lasky. Since 2014 she has been poet-in-residence at Highfield Primary School, working with the staff, children and wider community. Recently her poems have received awards in the Torbay Poetry Competition (2009), Bridport Prize (2010), the Troubadour International Poetry Prize (2010) and the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine (2011) for which she won second prize in the Open Category for her poem ‘Correspondence with the Care Home’, Kent & Sussex Poetry Prize (2013), Magma Editors Prize (2014), Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition (2015). Her work has been published in several leading literary magazines including Poetry Review, Magma, Mslexia, Blue of Noon and PulpLit in the UK, and Manhattan Review, Drunken Boat, Prairie Schooner, Construction and World Literature Today in the US. Cheryl is currently on the Poetry Book Society Board of Trustees, and on the Create Arts Creative Council.

I completed three terms at the poetry school and quite frankly feel privileged. I have learned so much and want to learn more. The tutors were expert and intellectually generous. I count myself as a lucky person to have had this experience.

- Summer 2016 survey response

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