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Summer 2021 – Quick Course Guide

It may be cold outside, but we have our eyes set on warm and sunny Summer! Our Summer 2021 Term is now live and we’ve got a whole host of brilliant tutors and courses lined up, so be sure to book promptly to avoid disappointment. Below is our handy Quick Course Guide, where you’ll find everything you’ll need to know about our upcoming courses.


Our classic ten-week online courses with live chats:

Ars Poetica: Cold Showers & Restless Sheets with Sam Buchan-Watts
Test the limits of ‘ars poetica’ to ask whether all poems are really about poetry?

Integrated Circuits: Creating Digital Poetry with Maya Chowdhry
Leap from page to screen and create interactive poems fit for our digital age.

Poetry & The Family with Jonathan Edwards
Explore sensitive and truthful ways to represent family relationships in your work.

Myth, Body, Belief with Zakia Carpenter-Hall
Start to depict your own multitudes and forge pathways of poetic connection.

Online courses without live chats, suitable for students in all time zones.

Poetic Botany with Jade Cuttle
Take inspiration from the botanical world and explore the fruitful grounds between poetry and plants.

Hearing Voices with Kathryn Simmonds
Learn to shape your poetic voice and experiment with new ones in your writing.

‘Concept Books’ & Cumulative Writing with Shazea Quraishi
Explore writing around a unifying idea to create a multi-faceted, cumulative ‘concept book’.

Lyric Poetry & Poetic Lyrics with Lily Blacksell
Read and write poetry, listen to music, take inspiration from lyrics, and consider the connections between them all.

Shifting Landscape: Eco-poetics, The Body & Science of Time with Elena Karina Byrne
Embody the natural world and become the speaking body of nature in your work.

Transcend cultures, languages, and genres to write poems and translations in response to wide readings.

Channel Hopping: A French Exchange with Paul Stephenson
Write ‘real’ poems inspired by France’s vibrant and diverse poetry scene.

‘The most intimate act of reading’: Translating Poetry & the Politics of the Personal with Sophie Collins
Develop your poetry translation practice with exciting poet and translator Sophie Collins.

Transreading Ukrainian poetry: ‘a crimson bush amidst silence’ with Steve Komarnyckyj
Explore one of the world’s greatest neglected literatures in Transreading Ukrainian poetry.

Advanced and in-depth courses focusing on craft and theory.

Echoing Forms: Masterclass with Richard Georges
Using choruses, repetition, and other techniques to create echoes and resonances that amplify.

Poet / Tree: Masterclass with Peter Hughes
Investigate the poetic potential of trees in myths, legends, and scientific sources.

The Possibility of Everything: Writing Experimental Poetry with James Davies
An advanced tour through avant-garde writing with the editor of experimental poetry press, if p then q.

Receive thoughtful critiques of 5 poems from your peers and an esteemed editor.

Fortnightly Feedback with André Naffis-Sahely
Knock your loose poems into shape with some concentrated feedback from expert editor and poet, André Naffis-Sahely.

Short, intensive courses focusing on writing and inspiration.

Reloads & Reprises: Repetition Studio with Gboyega Odubanjo
Repeat, reiterate, rephrase, return, reload, and reprise with Gboyega Odubanjo.

Poetry Dinner Party: The Old and the New Studio+ with Phoebe Power
Bring voices from recent literary history into conversation with present-day poetics to expand your own writing.

Libations: Exploring the Inner Spring Studio with Belinda Zhawi
Reconnect with, and celebrate, the world around you through poetry.

Site-Specific Writing Studio with Caroline Bergvall
After being cooped up inside for so long, take your writing into the world and get site-specific.


SHORT COURSES: Short, intensive courses focusing on writing and inspiration.

The Dinner Table with Rachel Long
A Fortnightly Workshop with Special Guests. Because who’s been to a dinner party in the longest time?

Poetry that Travels with Rebecca Levi
After a year spent in one place, join us for some poetic travel. Remember the trips you’ve taken and dream the ones to come.

Soundscapes with Becky Varley-Winter
Explore poetry as a musical instrument, to develop your skills with rhythm and musicality.

One to two day intensive classes on inspiring topics and 1-2-1 surgeries with renowned tutors.

Poetry Surgery with Liz Berry
In-depth 1-2-1 discussion on your poetry with Liz Berry.

Overenthusiastic Translation with Richard Scott & James Womack
Break down and build up again: look at the work of non-English poets from the past, and uncover the clues they can offer your own practice. 

Let There be Poems! with Kathryn Simmonds
Consider how one might write poems of faith in this more secular age.

Caledonia Dreamin’: Exploring Scotland’s Poetry with Richard Price
Take a close look at Scottish poetry under the expert eye of Richard Price.

‘I Know That is Poetry’: A Reading & Writing Workshop with Eve Grubin
Explore the work of Emily Dickinson for inspiration in your own writing.

‘The Owls Are Not What They Seem’: Writing Poems Inspired by Twin Peaks with Chrissy Williams
Across the room, a giant waves his arms in slow-motion as the music fades – poetry is happening again.

A House of Many Rooms: The Sonnet Sequence with Jacqueline Saphra
Find your ‘big idea’ and get to work on a propulsive new sonnet sequence with an expert in the field.

Poetry Surgery with Fiona Benson
In-depth 1-2-1 discussion on your poetry with Fiona Benson.

Looking at Lichens with Sarah Westcott & Joe Beale
Join us for an inspiring day of reading, writing, and discussion, alongside some practical exploration of lichens!

Dark Canadee with Glyn Maxwell
Join our exciting new project, Dark Canadee, a serial literary fiction where, each fortnight, 6 poets sail into a dark port to take shelter from a swirling plague and join clandestine writing workshops.

If you’d like to read more, please have a look through our ‘Courses’ page. If you need any information on concessions or bursaries, please have a look through our ‘Financial Support’ page or send an email over to [email protected]. Happy Booking!

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