Poetry Surgery with Hugo Williams

Poetry Surgery with Hugo Williams

In-depth 1-2-1 discussion on your poetry with Hugo Williams

This is a rare opportunity for feedback on your work from Hugo Williams, the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, including I Knew The Bride (2014), West End Final (2009), Billy’s Rain (1999), which won the T.S. Eliot Prize, and recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the Cholmondeley Award.

Hugo will spend 15 June resident at the Poetry School, with four one-hour slots available, for in-depth one-to-one discussion on your poetry; so book a slot and prepare a selection of poems-in-progress for advice and guidance.

The following slots are available:


To book your session with Hugo, click ‘purchase course’ and then select a slot from the drop-down menu. You may submit up to 6 poems of no more than 150 lines total. Poems should be sent to administration[at]poetryschool.com no less than 2 weeks before your session.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

(Image credit: ‘Greta D. Sibley’)

About Hugo Williams View Profile

Poet, journalist and travel writer Hugo Williams was born in 1942 in Windsor and grew up in Sussex. He was educated at Eton College and worked on the London Magazine from 1961 to 1970. He writes a column in the Times Literary Supplement, has been poetry editor and TV critic on the New Statesman, theatre critic on the Sunday Corrrespondent, film critic for Harper’s & Queen and a writer on popular music for Punch magazine. His Collected Poems, which brings together work from eight books, was published in 2002. His poetry collection Dear Room (2006) was shortlisted for the 2006 Costa Poetry Award, while West End Final (2009) was shortlisted for the 2009 Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection and the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize. I Knew the Bride, his eleventh collection of poems, appeared in 2014 and was again shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection.

‘The Poetry School has been essential to my development as a poet. I have found a community of people who share my love of poetry.’

~ Autumn 2018 survey response

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