Are you a budding writer, daunted by the prospect of poetry writing? Or maybe you’re an experienced poet looking to refresh your writing skills?
In this exclusive and interactive masterclass, you’ll be guided by one of the leading names in contemporary poetry, multi award-winning poet and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Andrew McMillan. Andrew will begin with a presentation and then lead you through exercises which will encourage you to mine your own histories in order to write poems about the self. You’ll dig through layers of your own poetic experience to craft a distilled and dynamic page poem. During the session you’ll be sat in small groups to complete exercises and share work.
The event will feature a Q&A with Andrew, and there will be a break part way through the session for hot drinks, cakes, and a book signing.
Suitable for poets at all levels.
Andrew McMillan was born in Barnsley in 1988. His debut collection of poetry, physical, was ‘the sort of once-in-a-generation debut that causes everyone to sit up and take notice’ according to Sarah Crown. physical was the only poetry book to ever win the Guardian First Book Award; it was also awarded a Somerset Maugham award, an Eric Gregory Award, the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and in 2019 was voted as one of the Top 25 Poetry Books of the Past 25 Years by the Booksellers Association. His second collection, playtime, won the inaugural Polari Prize. A third collection, pandemonium, was published in 2021 and in 2022 he co-edited the acclaimed anthology 100 Queer Poems, which was shortlisted in the British Book Awards. He is professor of contemporary writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Image © Sophie Davidson
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