Poetry of the Menopause: Pause & Refresh

Poetry of the Menopause: Pause & Refresh

Join us for a workshop on poetry of the menopause, where we'll read and write poems exploring how our bodies change – the losses and the gains.

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform ZOOM *

We’ll write from direct experience and from the experience of others close to us; we’ll write from the heart, from the guts; we’ll write in response to other poets and writers. We’ll subvert medical and other texts, playing with cut-ups and erasure techniques. We’ll write about how we really feel, not how we’re supposed to feel. Some will delight in throwing off the risks of pregnancy, finding newfound desires and possibilities; others will feel invisible, crazy, that life is over.  

This is an opportunity to dive deep into a subject that is still often seen as taboo – despite being a major life event for half the population – and to approach the topic with positivity, generosity, and creative freedom in a safe and supportive environment. So, join us as we write to reframe the conversation and produce exciting new poetic works inspired by this too-often unsung topic. 

One-day session on 26 February 2022, from 10.30am-4.30pm GMT

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. More information about how our Video Courses work can be found on the Video Courses page.

If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]

Image credit: Photo by Artem Gavrysh


About Katrina Naomi View Profile

Katrina Naomi won the 2021 Keats-Shelley Prize. Her most recent book, Same But Different(Hazel Press, 2021) is a poetic collaboration with Helen Mort. Katrina 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 Cornwallwww.katrinanaomi.co.uk. 

'I really enjoyed Katrina's course. It was an antidote to the grim times of the pandemic. She has a wonderfully relaxed inclusive style, which made everyone feel welcome.'

- Spring 2021 Survey Response

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