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Open Workshop: ‘It is true that this poem is false.’

After a summer hiatus, our Open Workshops series is back with an original workshop from our new Digital Poet in Residence, Jay Bernard.

The thing about life is that it’s a series of mysteries, puzzles, contradictions and paradoxes – our histories, our imaginations, our relationships and our desires. In this workshop, Jay invites you to write a paradoxical poem – one that makes no attempt to hide its contradictions. You will create a poem that strives towards truth, but is thwarted at every turn by the terms of its own existence, and in doing so get at the tricky natures of memory, history and time.


Title: ‘It is true that this poem is false.’

OPEN WORKSHOP STARTS – Tuesday 2 September 2014

POEM SUBMISSION DEADLINE – Tuesday 9 September 2014

LIVE CHAT – Thursday 11 September 2014, 7-9pm GMT

To book your place, please email [email protected]

Note: places are given on a first-come first-served basis, but priority may be given to first-time students.


Jay Bernard is from London. She is author of two books, English Breakfast (2013) and Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl (2008); her work has been featured in magazines such as Magma, Dazed & Confused, MsLexia, plus many zines such as Shape & Situate. Jay is currently the 2014 Helen Fraser fellow at Hamish Hamilton, part of Spread the Word’s The Complete Works II, winner of the Cafe Writers 2014 pamphlet competition, alumnus of the Royal Court young writers programme and joint artist in residence for TFL’s Year of the Bus campaign in association with Art on the Underground. She is the Poetry School’s 4th Digital Poet in Residence. @brrnrrd /

Open Workshops runs a free writing workshop every month, open to all CAMPUS members, ranging from practical exercises, technical masterclasses, to new and experimental approaches to making poetry.


  • Kate Davis

    Hi Jay, I’ve had a sudden change of plan this week and will be away on 11th. There’s no internet access (there’s no toilet so I suspected that wifi might be an issue). Apparently the woman down the lane might let me use hers if she’s in. I’ll do my best to find somewhere but if I don’t manage to join the group chat please accept my apologies.

  • Will Barrett (Poetry School)

    HI Kate – in future please post these messages into your group, and not on the blog. This is a public area. And I will notify Jay for you.

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