Poet as Archaeologist Studio

Poet as Archaeologist Studio

Grab your Indiana Jones hat and trowel – in this course we’ll generate new poems inspired by the work of archaeologists and the objects they uncover.

We will think about the objects that will survive after we are gone. How can we use these objects to write new poems that tell us something about our present as well as the past? We will consider the work of the archaeologist and how the discipline of archaeology is (mis)represented in popular culture.

Throughout the course, we will look at how poets have responded to archaeological discoveries and read work by poets such as Geoffrey Hill, Jo Bell, and Sarah Lindsey among others.

This course is ideal for poets who are looking for a fun way to start new poems. Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for some inspiration, it’s time to binge-watch old Time Team episodes, take a day trip to your nearest tumulus, and seize your paper and pen.

Studios are 4-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.  

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. 

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About Holly Hopkins View Profile

Holly Hopkins grew up in Berkshire, grew up even more in London and now lives in Manchester. Holly’s first collection The English Summer (Penned in the Margins) is shortlisted for the Forward Prizes’ Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and was awarded the Poetry Book Society’s Special Commendation. Her debut pamphlet, Soon Every House Will Have One, won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Holly has been an assistant editor of The Rialto. She has received an Eric Gregory Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize. Her poems feature in Carcanet New Poetries VIII and have been published in The Guardian, The Telegraph and The TLS. 

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