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Open Workshop: ‘The List Cause’ with Beverley Nadin

When does your shopping list become a poem? Is there hidden poetry in your New Year to-do’s? Find out on our latest Open Workshop with Beverley Nadin.

The structure of the list can build a cumulative atmosphere, narrative or scene. Train stations, molars, fallen men… Sequential or random, protracted or efficient, informative or plain indulgent, the list is playful, recognisable, and strangely imperative. What ‘whole’ do the discrete parts seek to portray, organized in this way? How might the list poem convey tone and voice? Can a list have progression and closure? What does it convey that other modes don’t? We’ll consider examples and create poems of our own to add to the long list of lists.


Title: ‘The List Cause

OPEN WORKSHOP STARTS – Wednesday 28 January 2015

POEM SUBMISSION DEADLINE – Monday 2 February 2015, 5pm

LIVE CHAT – Friday 6 February 2015, 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.


Beverley Nadin lives in Sheffield and is working towards a PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. Her poems have appeared in PN Review, The Rialto, Magma, and The North, and other magazines and anthologies. Her poem ‘6 a.m.’ won second prize in the 2014 Poetry London competition.

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