Escaping in Plain Sight Studio

Escaping in Plain Sight Studio

Illuminate your poems with the oft-overlooked wonders in everyday life

Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

– Mary Oliver

Life is too short to merely coast through without exploring its magic. Whether self-soothing with food, reengaging with the wonder in the everyday, or slipping into some quiet coping mechanism, we all have ways of surviving and thriving within the chaos of human life.  Reading from a wide range of poets including Vievee Francis, Roger Robinson, Lucille Clifton, Tracey K Smith Ocean Vuong and Jack Mapange, this Studio will explore the many ways we can, and do escape the busy, dull and/or darker moments of life, in conscious and unconscious ways. The aim is for participants to engage in a process of discovery and rediscovery — of strength, joy, ritual, and childlike imagination — pick up new tools, and gain new perspective on aspects of daily life that familiarity may have long robbed of value.

Studios are three week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students.

For more information visit our Online 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 for further information.
Image Credit: Matthew Dawkins

About Tolu Agbelusi View Profile

Tolu Agbelusi is a Nigerian British poet, playwright, performer, educator and lawyer. Shortlisted for the 2018 White Review Poetry Prize and longlisted for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Prize in 2017 and 2019, her work has been commissioned by the BBC, St Paul’s Cathedral and Kings College London. She has been published nationally and internationally including in Ake Review, The White Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Brittle Paper and Peepal Tree’s Filligree Anthology. Tolu has led various workshops including at King’s College London, Birbeck University, Southdown Poetry Festival and Young Identity in Manchester. She is the founder of Home Sessions, a poetry development program for young black writers. A Callaloo Fellow, a Toast 2018 poet, 2017 BBC Slam Finalist, she has performed at the Southbank, Stanza Poetry Festival, St Pauls, for the BBC, etc. Visit for more information.

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– Spring 2019 survey response

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