The Big Issues

The Big Issues

Tackle the pressing topics of the day and produce new poetry

The day workshop will look at the work of Ray Antrobus, Hashem Beck, Terrance Hayes, Alice Oswald, Danez Smith, Tracy K. Smith, Jack Underwood and Ocean Vuong. We will explore poetry on class, ethnicity, love, war, sex, sexuality, religion and politics. How do you write about some of humanity’s biggest – and at times, most difficult – issues while remaining true to yourself? We’ll consider the use of form, including ghazals and sonnets, as well as free verse. The workshop will feature close reading, discussion and plenty of writing. Come with an open mind and a fresh notebook.

Saturday 18 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

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.

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About Katrina Naomi View Profile

Katrina Naomi’s latest collection The Way the Crocodile Taught Me was published by Seren (2016). Her Japanese-themed pamphlet, Typhoon Etiquette, is published in April 2019 with Verve Poetry Press, following her Arts Council-funded trip to Japan. Katrina recently received an Authors Foundation award from the Society of Authors for work on her next collection with Seren, due in June 2020. Katrina’s first collection, The Girl with the Cactus Handshake was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award. She was the first writer-in-residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum and has recently held residencies at the Arnolfini and Gladstone’s Library. Katrina has a PhD in creative writing from Goldsmiths; her thesis focuses on violence in poetry. She teaches for Arvon, Tŷ Newydd and the Poetry School, and mentors for the Poetry Society.

‘Doing an online course has helped me focus more on my poetry and tap into the wealth of skill and expertise that exists out there.’

– Autumn 2018 survey response

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