Towards a Collection

Towards a Collection

The aim of this course is to give guidance and advice towards compiling a collection and getting it published. This could be your first full-length book, a pamphlet, or an application for an Eric Gregory Award.

When does a bunch of poems become a collection? How does a poet achieve book publication? Perhaps you have thirty poems you are pleased with and you wonder if you are ready to submit your manuscript. The aim of this course is to give guidance and advice towards compiling a collection and getting it published. This could be your first full-length book, a pamphlet, or an application for an Eric Gregory Award.

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Pascale Petit’s latest collection is Fauverie (Seren, 2014). A selection of poems from it won the Manchester Poetry Prize in 2013. Her fifth book, What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo (Seren, 2010), was shortlisted for both the TS Eliot prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was a book of the year in The Observer. She has published five collections, two others of which, The Huntress and The Zoo Father, were also shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and were books of the year in the Times Literary Supplement and the Independent. In 2004 the Poetry Book Society selected her as one of the Next Generation Poets. Petit is widely travelled, including in Mexico, the Venezuelan Amazon, China and Nepal. She has worked as editor for Poetry London, was a co-founding tutor of The Poetry School and was the Royal Literary Fellow at the Courtauld 2011–12. She currently tutors for Arvon, Ty Newydd, The Poetry School, and Tate Modern.

I have really enjoyed the course and everything Poetry School is doing for the cause of promoting this art … Personally, as I’ve never had any formal feedback/training it has been nothing short of utterly inspirational.

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