The Portable Generator

The Portable Generator

Join this intensive writing day with acclaimed novelist and Faber poet, Joe Dunthorne!

In this workshop, we will read great poems and then try to write better ones. We will use a variety of different catalysts as a way to approach new work: a poem that emerges from the ‘random page’ function on Wikipedia; a poem written using dialogue overheard on our lunch break; a poem that only uses one vowel. We’ll be taking inspiration from poets like Holly Pester, Frances Leviston, Don Paterson and Hera Lindsay Bird. At the end of this workshop, you will definitely have a handful of surprising, new poems. You may even like them. Come, underachieve with me!

Saturday 17 November. One-day workshop, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

This workshop will be in our new 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: ‘Daniel Friedman’

About Joe Dunthorne View Profile

Joe Dunthorne’s debut novel, Submarine, was adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second, Wild Abandon, won the 2012 Encore Award. His latest is The Adulterants. A collection of his poems, O Positive, will be published by Faber & Faber in 2019.

‘The courses have helped extend my range as a poet and given me more confidence to experiment’

– Spring 2018 survey response

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