Approaches to Contemporary Poetry with Jane Yeh
In this workshop, Jane Yeh, author of Discipline (named by the Guardian as a Book of the Year 2019), will guide you through her approach to crafting resonant, powerful poems. Exploring such elements of craft as voice, structure, and imagery, you’ll read a range of contemporary poems before writing your own in class under Jane’s expert guidance. There will be an opportunity to experiment with different techniques, and to provide informal, group feedback on a few individual pieces.
A fantastic opportunity to explore creativity and craft in a friendly, constructive setting. Suitable for individuals trying out poetry for the first time, or those who have had some experience writing before.
One bursary place is available for this workshop. Click here to apply >>
Jane Yeh was born in America and has lived in London since 2002. She holds degrees in English and Creative Writing from Harvard, Iowa, Manchester Metropolitan, and Royal Holloway London universities. Her first collection of poems, Marabou (Carcanet, 2005), was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. She was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society for her second collection, The Ninjas (Carcanet, 2012).
A Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University, she also writes on books, theatre, and fashion for such publications as The Poetry Review and The Village Voice. Her third collection, Discipline, is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was published by Carcanet in March 2019. Website
‘Yeh shows that the elegant and the macabre are never far apart.’ – Ben Wilkinson, The Guardian
‘Jane Yeh’s poems are at their best when estranged, deadpan comedy touches a sore spot: loneliness, failed romance, fear. In Discipline, her third and arguable best collection, this tension between droll comedy and private suffering is at its most disquieting.’ – Maitreyabandhu, PN Review
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