How to be a Poet – A non residential residential weekend – 11 to 12 May 2019



Saturday 11 May 2019 from 12.45pm to 17:45pm & Sunday 12 May 2019 from 11.15am to 17:00pm

Spend the weekend discovering and exploring how to become a poet and what being a poet means. Take your first steps to becoming the poet you are in a friendly, encouraging and supportive environment. There will be time for each participant to have a one to one personal editing consultation where she will critique your work and let you know what editors look for in a poem when selecting work for publications and how they really think. This weekend is suitable for both beginners and advanced learners.

Blue light ringing through
the green grass.

The bent heads of petals

are not praying
to anything or to anyone.

Only we are
standing in a field of them,

my son and me and me
holding him.

In my arms he stretches
out to the very far ends of the earth

like a radio signal

made of skin and organs,
of everything.

I was singing a song to him
I made up

about me dying.
Since yesterday he has not been

crying as much as screaming
like it is terrifying

to wake up.

It is terrifying to wake up
and terrifying to sleep

and his feet going blue in the cold
spring air

in which he is growing.
His mother is growing him

with the milk she makes all day,
spilling out in blue.

The song I am singing to him
puts him to sleep,

will put me to sleep.

Will one day burst the drum
in my ear

like a bell, very much like a voice
screaming from far off,

though you don’t know
if it’s hurting or hungry or nothing at all.

*Bluebells BY Matthew Dickman

Topics Covered

*How to be a clever reader of poetry
*Writing your first poem
*Imagery, using metaphor and similie
*The senses
*How to find your subject

On the day, we will:

*Create a body of poems
*Discuss what we can learn from the master writers
*Read our work out in a supportive and friendly environment
*Have a one to one personal editing session with publisher and editor Katherine

*You will leave the workshop with a meaningful insight into the structure and techniques of the examples of great writing as well as a confident ability to create meaningful work of this genre. You will also leave with a body of work that you can build on after the session.

*Coffee and tea will be provided on the day!