Typography for Poets

Typography for Poets

Finesse the poem-on-the-page, from ascender to descender

In a well-made book, where designer, compositor and printer have all done their jobs, no matter how many thousands of lines and pages, the letters are alive. They dance in their seats. Sometimes they rise and dance in the margins and aisles.’ – Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style

This half-day introduction to typography will take you from the basics of page layout right through to producing a print-ready poem. It is suitable for anyone who would like to submit or publish poetry to a high typographical standard, with, among other things, an eye to the importance of first impressions when submitting or distributing your poetry. It is also a useful tool for those looking to explore using concrete or visual techniques in their work.

In addition to an overview of the concepts needed to communicate with designers and understand publishing software, the course will explore the conventions and practical restrictions which underpin poetry typography in print and the ways these can be manipulated for maximum effectiveness.

This course is a half-day workshop running 10.30am – 1pm on Saturday 13 April and is part of our Tutor Academy week.

About James Harding View Profile

James Harding is the editor and designer for Stewed Rhubarb Press, whose pamphlet, The Glassblower Dances by Rachel McCrum, won the Callum MacDonald Award for excellence in poetry pamphlet publishing in 2013. He teaches creative writing for the City of Edinburgh Council and has run publishing workshops for the Wigtown Book Festival, Electric Bookshop, and LGBT Health and Wellbeing. He was nominated for the Saltire Society’s Emerging Publisher of the Year 2018.

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