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Announcing The Resurgence Prize with The Poetry School

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have this year partnered with the Resurgence Prize to deliver the Resurgence Poetry Prize, now known as The Resurgence Prize with The Poetry School. The Resurgence Prize with The Poetry School is the world’s first major award for ecopoetry. With a first prize of £5,000 for the…

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1215.today Poet-in-Residence Remi Graves: Residency Round-Up. Week One

Our new Poetry School 1215.today digital poet-in-residence Remi Graves has had an amazingly productive first week, posting six (!) articles, including playlists and poems.  Here’s a taster of what she’s been up to: 14/05: Asking Our New Poet-in-Residence the Questions That Really Matter: “What was the first poem you had a real connection with? “Elizabeth Bishop’s…

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Primers Volume Two: On Sale Now!

On Sunday, The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press launched the wonderful Primers Volume Two at the Birmingham Literature Festival. The collection, featuring work from Cynthia Miller, Marvin Thompson and Ben Bransfield, and edited by Jacob Sam-La Rose and Jane Commane, is on sale now and available to purchase from Nine Arches Press. GET YOUR…

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20% Off PBS Membership For Poetry School Students

We’re delighted to announce a new partnership with the Poetry Book Society, offering all students who book a Summer 2017  course with The Poetry School 20%  off all categories of PBS membership: charter, associate and full. Set up by T S Eliot and friends in 1953 ‘to propagate the art of poetry’, the Poetry Book…

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The Summer 2017 Programme — in two lines or less!

One-Term Short Courses: Stand-alone courses comprising five two-hour sessions over ten weeks in one of our London classrooms.  The Pamphleteers with Saradha Soobrayen: Write, select, arrange and edit poems for your pamphlet with Saradha Soobrayen. #Afterhours with Inua Ellams: Discuss, dissect and explore various ways into writing counter or companion pieces to poems from the canon….

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Poetry and Visual Art: Gallery Day Schedule – 18th February

This is the finalised schedule for the gallery day of Tamar Yoseloff’s Poetry and Visual Art two-day course. You can find more details of the course here. 10:30am:              Gagosian, 6-24 Britannia Street (off Grays Inn Road) London WC1X 9JD King’s Cross / St Pancras Tube / Rail – Euston Road exit (10 mins) Richard…

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Poetry School 1215.today Paid Digital Residency – Open for Applications!

1215.today, in collaboration with The Poetry School, want to identify a poet for a six-week digital residency with the 1215.today site to begin at the end of April, through May 2017. The chosen poet will receive £1,000. 1215.today commemorates 800 years of the Magna Carta in an online platform that gives young people a space…

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Poetry School Announced as Headline Partner for Poetry in Aldeburgh

As guests at last year’s inaugural Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival, the Poetry School hosted residencies, readings and competitions. Ben Rogers, who was our Festival Poet in Residence, describes his highlights here. We are very pleased to announce that we’ll be back for the 2017 Festival  – this time as Headline partners. Make a diary note…

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‘Me, Myself and (Not) I’: An Interview with Saradha Soobrayen

Ahead of her Spring Term course ‘Me, Myself and (Not) I‘, we caught up with poet Saradha Soobrayen. AL: Hi Saradha. Your new course with us is called ‘Me, Myself and (Not) I’. Could you tell us what prompted the ideas for the course? SS: Last year I was working on the Poetry Library’s Open…

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Mixed Borders: Poet in Residence Training – Apply Now!

Lover of flowers and/or vegetables? Want some poet-in-residence training? Read on, we have an opportunity for you! For the last two years, the Poetry School and London Parks and Gardens Trust have teamed up for a poet-in-residence training scheme centred on London’s Gardens. We call the scheme ‘Mixed Borders’. “I felt like the training greatly…

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New North Poets Mentoring Scheme Open for Entries

This year, we are delighted to once again be partnering with New Writing North to offer mentoring and professional development to five new poets through the New North Poets Mentoring Scheme. Working closely with lead tutor Clare Pollard, participants will receive a year-long mentoring programme focussing on both the craft of writing and the professional skills…

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Meet Our New One-to-One Tutors!

Did you know that, in addition to our programme of courses and workshops, the Poetry School also offers one-to-one tutorials, manuscript assessments, and mentoring arrangements? We love pairing up students with the right poet for their needs, so we’re delighted to introduce you to some of the newest poets on our tutorial books, all of…

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Primers II Poets Announced!

The manuscripts are dog-eared and the Judges dog-tired, but we are now delighted to be able to make the final announcement in our second Primers publishing and mentoring scheme. The three writers who we are going to take forward to publication in April are … Ben Bransfield Cynthia Miller Marvin Thompson Jane Commane, the judge and…

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Florence Cox Wins Our Poetry in Aldeburgh Pronto Comp!

Florence Cox is the winner of our Aldeburgh ‘Pronto’ Competition. Congratulations! Congratulations also to three runners-up Patricia Wooldridge, Michael Hutchinson, and Roger West. We’re back from the beach, having had a brilliant time at the Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival – talking to the audience, sidling up to possible new poet-tutors, and enjoying some fantastic readings. Ben Rogers, our…

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Coming Soon…The Spring Term Programme will be announced on 18th November

While the autumnal plane tree leaves flutter down Lambeth Walk, we are adding the final dabs of colour to the spring programme, which will be ready for booking on 18th November. Crack open your notebooks and buff up your tablets, we’ll have a fantastic selection of activities for you to pick from. Cast your minds…

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Paterson: A New Poetry Film, And A Competition

The Poetry School and Soda Pictures are delighted to announce a new poetry competition to mark the release of Paterson – a new film with poetry at its heart (in cinemas 25 November). Set in Paterson, New Jersey, Adam Driver (Girls / Star Wars) plays a small-town bus driver and poet. Every day, Paterson adheres…

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Meet Ben Rogers – the Poetry in Aldeburgh / Poetry School Poet in Residence

Poetry Schoolers, meet Ben. Ben, meet the Poetry Schoolers. Some of you might have already met, mind you. Ben Rogers is a familiar face round London and Cambridge’s poetry events. He’s published a pamphlet recently with the Emma Press (Mackerel Salad)  and he’s also featured in Carcanet’s New Poetries VI. Poetry in Aldeburgh is a…

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Want to write reviews for us?

If you’re a poet and interested in writing reviews on the latest poetry releases, then listen up! We’ve decided to make a few tentative tip-toes into the poetry reviewing game, and we want YOU to help. We will pay £60 for a review of one collection or poetry book, at a blog-friendly length of at…

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Welcome to our shiny new website

A quick word from our Digital Programme Producer… So why has this all happened? Well, our existing website was coming up to its sixth birthday, which is practically ancient in digital dog years, and as good a reason as any to give the site a fresh look. More importantly, both CAMPUS and everything else the…

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Announcing our Digital Open Day 2016

Impressive announcement klaxon! Yes, that’s right – don your party capes and matching booties as we’re having another Digital Open Day this 5 May 2016. In the next couple of weeks we will be throwing off our winter clothes and unveiling our new look web platform, bringing together our two existing sites – thepoetryschool.com and…

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Open Workshop: ‘Storms in Teacups’

Entropy is the inclination of all matter to tend towards disorder. The fact that we are able to lead lives with any semblance of structure or routine is a miracle. Yet even within the most controlled and well-practiced everyday acts, there is a propensity towards chaos, a possibility of total loss of control. In this…

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Open Workshop: ‘Reduce/Reuse/Recycle’

According to T.S. Eliot, mature poets steal where immature poets borrow. Stealing, here, doesn’t mean copying: rather, it means turning what you take from another writer ‘into something better, or at least something different’. It’s an appealing idea, but does it work? In this Open Workshop with Adam Crothers, we will think about how to…

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Open Workshop: ‘Make Your Own Filmpoem’

Have you ever thought of turning your poems into a short film or Youtube video? Poetry films – or ‘filmpoems’ – merge two genres to create a new piece of art, and through the hybridisation, augment and extend both genres. In this Open Workshop, Eleni Cay will cover basic techniques for creating poetryfilms, and video…

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Open Workshop: ‘The Poetry of Pain’

As developments in technology increase our access to the world, it can often feel like we are losing touch with the bodies we inhabit, and the remarkable functions they provide from moment to moment. Whilst we often treat pain as an inconvenience to be blanketed over with medication, it can also provide us with a…

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Re-Mixed Borders

Re-Mixed Borders Poet? Lover of flowers and / or vegetables? Want some poet-in-residence training? Read on, we have an opportunity for you! Last year, the Poetry School and London Parks and Gardens Trust teamed up for a poet-in-residence training scheme centred on London’s Gardens. We called the scheme ‘Mixed Borders’. Julia Bird from the Poetry…

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