X-Lit: Poets & Picture Books

X-Lit: Poets & Picture Books

Bring your poetic skills to bear on the exciting world of children’s picture books!

‘I’ll eat you up, I love you so!’ – Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak 

With their strong word music, compressed writing style, and imaginative daring, picture books have a natural appeal and, unsurprisingly, it’s a world many poets are drawn to explore. 

During this one-day workshop, we’ll consider a variety of picture books and examine the numerous possibilities of the form. We’ll give particular attention to the way these books are structured – how long should they be? How do the illustrations speak to the text? What sorts of themes do children respond to? How do younger readers engage with poetic craft? We’ll also think about what commercial factors come into play when pitching a story to editors. As to those wild and wondrous things called ideas – we’ll think of ways into new stories, and there will be writing prompts on the day to get you feeling playful. You’re welcome to bring a favourite picture book to start the conversation.  

So, join us for a fun-filled day of reading, writing, and creating, as we challenge ourselves to explore another discipline, bringing our poetic skills to bear on this exciting art form, & head out on a picture book adventure! 

1 full-day session on Saturday 12 November 2022, 10.30am – 4.30pm. This course will take place at Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA 

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. More information about how our In-Person Courses work can be found on the In-Person Courses page. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. 

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About Kathryn Simmonds View Profile

Kathryn Simmonds has published two collections with Seren, Sunday at the Skin Launderette (2008), and The Visitations (2013). Her third collection, Scenes from Life on Earth is published by Salt (2022). She has been Poet-in-Residence at the Charles Causley Trust in Cornwall, and her poems have appeared in various publications including Poetry, The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Poetry Review and The Irish Times. Her poems and short stories have also been broadcast on BBC radio. She has worked as a poetry tutor for Morley College and Oxford University Continuing Education, and run a number of courses for The Poetry School. She lives in Norwich with her family. 

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