New Year Programme launched!

Hone your writing craft with some of the best teachers, reflect on your writing goals and be inspired with fellow writers from both hemispheres with these high quality workshops.

1. Mindfulness and poetry sessions GMT 8am (see link for Australian timing). Short drop-in session to give you a wellbeing & creativity uplift, followed by a writing exercise – starting again 2 February

2. A more substantial Journaling and Mindfulness Workshop to press REFRESH on 2021 on 10 January. This is suitable for everyone, not just writers, to reflect on the strangeness that was 2020, what we’ve learnt and what we want to take with us into 2021.

3. A New Year Writing Shake-up on 21 January with new and old friends from across northern and southern hemispheres. This writing marathon includes quick-fire visual prompts and wordy challenges to keep your pen moving, find fresh perspectives & surprising ideas for new poems and stories. Loads of fun!

4. Poetry Masterclass One – Activate your Poetry with Dr Dai George Thursday 11 February 2021. The power of your poetry comes through the verbs, the actions. Expand your knowledge, trip up your writing habits, refresh your poetic approach and be more conscious of where the action is by working closely with verbs!

5. Poetry Masterclass Two  – Creating Dramatic Effect in Poetry with Glyn MaxwellMonday 22 February. 2021 TS Eliot Prize short-listed poet and playwright, Glyn Maxwell will show you how to use dramatic techniques to write engaging poetry – through close readings of canonical poems, enjoyable writing exercises and games to you dial up the drama and strengthen voice and character. 

6. Poetry Masterclass Three – Jump into imaginative worlds with Caroline Bird – Monday 15th March. A rare opportunity to join the 2020 Forward Prize winner (one of the biggest prizes in the UK) and poetry prodigy who had her first collection published by a major publisher at 15, in a small intensive workshop. Explore imaginative blocks and ideas for jumping off into exciting poetic landscapes led by vivid imagery. Find surprising and arresting imagery from the first line and enter worlds that are very real and captivating.

7. Plus a new intensive poetry feedback group launched in the New Year.

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Coming up later in the year: More mindfulness, writing workshops and poetry masterclasses by Malika Booker, Mona Arshi, Carolyn Bird, Mimi Khalvati, Paul Hetherington (University of Canberra), Cath Drake and more. These workshops are mostly in the morning UK-time in order to join up with writers in Australia.

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Forward Book of Poetry Reading

Each year the Forward Book of Poetry publishes a crop of the year’s best poems. Here’s a chance to hear from some of the gems from 2020. FREE

Wednesday 9 December 2020, 7pm, Sign up HERE

Poets whose books were launched during this pandemic year will read poems from the Forward Book of Poetry 2020 and their new collections. Buy their books for Xmas:

Colette Bryce, The M Pages

Cath Drake, The Shaking City

Matthew Francis, Wing

Maria Ferguson, Alright, Girl?

Mina Gorji, The Art of Escape

Katherine Horrex, Growlery

Shane McCrae, Sometimes I Never Suffered 

Abegail Morley, The Unmapped Woman

Julian Stannard, Heat Wave

Maria Taylor, Dressing for the Afterlife

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Collaborations!

Appearing in Magma 78 is an extract of a 40-minute piece (video to come) of I Dream of Houses all the Time, a jointly written dialogue-in-verse by poets Cath Drake and Jocelyn Page, written across distance and time.

Two voices, two women from opposite sides of the world, Australia and the US, move to London. One is married for the second time with kids, and the other is single, never married with no kids. Relocation and the approach of their middle years bring a swirl of reflections on home, safety and belonging with its swings of luck, choice, intention, relationships, family, stability, doubts and ambitions. The women’s inner thoughts intertwine as a year passes and fortunes change. Stories are unearthed from childhood to the present day. Who is listening?  Can we ever really reach other and expect another to understand our experience?

Poetry masterclasses and small group workshops

Three stunning poetry masterclasses this October will help craft you your poems with some of the best teachers around: the art of syntax (with Dai George), lineation (with Mimi Khalvati) and nature writing (with Cath Drake).

Small group workshops, for those serious about honing their poems over six months, are starting in November. Join a supportive and inspiring group to see you through summer or winter (depending on which side of the world you are on). Whatever the next few months bring us in these uncertain times, immersing in your poetry and collaborating internationally with other poets will help!

Aussie & UK writers fire up the future

Writers from my Writing to Buoy Us workshops July/Aug 2020 read alongside special guest, the incredible Malika Booker on the theme of Re-invent the Future.  Wonderful honest, emotional, intelligent and talented writing – this was a reading to remember for a long time to come. Malika set the screen on fire and wow-ed us all.  (Special hello to John who couldn’t be there; Adam read John’s piece for John’s mum Margaret. Our thoughts were with you.) Here’s some comments and pics.

The reading of the year!  

Thank you – that was such a wonderful event to be a part of.

Mesmerising. I feel very lucky to have been here tonight.

Great to see everyone & what super super work.     A spectacular night of poetry!

Powerful words, power readings.     Astonishing, moving readings.

I was so grateful for the poetry readings this evening: the opportunity to be a listener and the richness of this experience.

 

Future dreaming – a free reading & grow your poems

Grow your poems – hone your poems and get them ready for submission & publication with a wonderful supportive international feedback group. Plus teaching on editing poems and goal setting. Feedback on my poems is the one that has made the most difference to the quality of my work and my book! More info: https://bit.ly/3aeGw4h

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An international reading with a talented bunch of Aussie & UK poets, Saturday 15 August with special guest, the amazing Malika Booker (who has just been shortlisted for best single poem in the Forwards for the second time in two years). FREE. Sign up here.

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An uplifting reading across the world!

 Quite a tour-de-force and thoroughly enjoyable with a wide range of voices, countries, and themes. Mind-blowing. Thank you.

It was such an uplifting event on Saturday – on a rainy day – that sense of global connection is just gold dust right now!

I felt honoured to listen and to read. Fabulous group of writers.

A wonderful experience! I loved it.

What a fabulous reading, what an amazing group of writers. What a beautiful and memorable event!

Over 70 people from right across Australia & the UK tuned into ‘A Reading to Buoy Us’. Writers from Australia and the UK (and one late night writer from Auckland, NZ) who have been writing together over the last couple of months shared their poetry and prose about these strange and challenging times. Plus the wonderful Australian poet Mark Tredinnick, our guest reader, gave us an intimate and absorbing performance of some of his latest work, including poems in the Korean Sijo form, and pieces for his partner and daughter who were also listening in. Very moving and inspiring. THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PERFORMED & CAME ALONG!

Writing & creativity matters. Connections matter. SIGN UP to next term and read with us in August