Short Course: Next Stage Poetry

Saturday  16 March  2019  10:00 AM    Saturday  16 March  2019 4:00 PM
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This practical one-day course is for poets who wish to think further about why and how they are writing in verse: why one word might work better than another in its particular context, how the words of a poem can relate to and modify each other to produce a richer experience for a reader or listener, or how patterns of sound in language can achieve a more-than-literal force.

Drawing upon poems that embody the qualities of attention, thoughtfulness, and learning that help to make poetry a uniquely satisfying literary art, you will compose and develop new work across two workshop sessions designed to nurture and strengthen these qualities in your own poetry.

This course is intended for emerging poets who are looking to develop their writing further. It is not intended for beginners.

More experienced poets should consider the 5-week Advanced Poetry course running in June 2019.


Gregory Leadbetter is the author of two poetry collectionsThe Fetch (Nine Arches Press, 2016) and the pamphlet The Body in the Well (HappenStance Press, 2007). His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry London, The North, Magma, The Rialto, on BBC Radio 4, And Other Poems, and in CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets (Smith/Doorstop, 2014), as well as other journals and anthologies. His book of literary criticism, Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) won the University English Book Prize 2012, and he has published essays on Wordsworth, Keats, Charles Lamb, and Ted Hughes. He has written radio drama for the BBC, and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013. In 2016 he was Poet in Residence at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival. He currently teaches at Birmingham City University, where he is Reader in Literature and Creative Writing.

Course dates:

Saturday, 16 March 2019, 10am - 4pm.

Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

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