When the Bough Breaks: Writing Childhood, Writing Parenthood (Exeter)

When the Bough Breaks: Writing Childhood, Writing Parenthood (Exeter)

Produce new poems on the ever-evolving journey of parenting and being parented

Join us as we read and write poems about childhood and parenthood. We will move from pregnancy and its failures, infertility, labour, babies and the early years, to poems of childhood, parental figures, and of both being and having sons and daughters. We will be working with a range of writers, from the anonymous creators of song lyrics, lullabies and popular ballads to Anne Bradstreet; from great poets of childhood like Seamus Heaney, to great writers of contemporary parenthood like Sharon Olds and Liz Berry. We will always work from both sides of the parent / parented divide – no baby required!

8 weekly sessions on Wednesdays, 6.45 – 8.45pm, starting 17 April.

All sessions will be at Exeter Community Centre, 17 St. Davids Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG.

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 Fiona Benson View Profile

Fiona Benson won an Eric Gregory Award in 2006 and a Faber New Poets Award in 2009. She lives in Mid Devon with her husband and their two daughters. Her first collection, Bright Travellers, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. It won the 2015 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the 2015 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection. Her second book, Vertigo & Ghost, was published by Cape in 2019.

‘I knew next to nothing about writing or reading poetry when I enrolled for my first Poetry School course – since then I have learned SO MUCH, had work accepted for publication and gained so much creative confidence. As an older student, these courses have really got my brain and creativity working again. I am completely hooked now!’

– Autumn 2018 survey response

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