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Poetry School places available for the Autumn term | 15-Sep-06

In London

Translating the Poem with Graham Fawcett

This ten-week course will examine the translating of poetry and the principles involved. Each week, one poem will be worked on in detail and decisions taken as to the preserving of idiom, metaphor, pun and syllable-count.
Participants need not know other languages but some familiarity with French or Italian will be helpful. There will also be poems in German, Swedish, Chinese and Arabic, which will be selected to offer the best chance of clarity, grasp, and, therefore, transfer.

venue: Empire Theatre Bar, The Lamb,
Lamb's Conduit Street,
London WC1N 3LZ
day/time: Wednesdays weekly, 6.30 - 8.30pm
dates: 20 Sep - 29 Nov 06 (except 25 Oct)
fee: £88, £76 conc. (for the course)

Saturday Morning Workshops  with Tim Dooley

These fortnightly workshops are designed for writers who would like feedback on their work. Participants are asked to bring 16 copies of a poem in draft to circulate to the group. Each member of the group will be able to submit
three poems a term for discussion.

venue The Meeting Room, Quaker
MeetingHouse, 8 Hop Gardens,
London WC2N (off St Martin's Lane)
day/time Saturdays fortnightly 10.30am - 12.30pm
dates Autumn term 21 Oct, 4 Nov,
18Nov, 2 Dec, 16 Dec 06
fee £44, £38 conc. (per 5 week term)


Important Places with Maurice Riordan

Taking its cue from Patrick Kavanagh's 'Epic', the course will look at the importance of place in recent Irish poetry. We will read poems by Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Nuala Ní Dhomnaill, Paul Muldoon - and some very recent poems by Leontia Flynn, Colette Bryce and Nick Laird. We'll emphasise the variety of use, as well as exploring why so many poets - and not only Irish ones-have taken inspiration from such a small damp teddy-bear-shaped island.

venue 1st Floor Conference Room,
London Irish Centre, 50-52
Camden Square, London NW1
day/time Mondays weekly, 6.30 - 8.30pm
dates 6 Nov - 11Dec 06

fee £54, £46 conc. (for the course)


In York

No Words for It with Nigel Forde

Poetry is a raid on inarticulacy. Where ordinary words run out, poetry begins. A poem can probe, challenge, stir, move, plumb the deepest emotions and, from time to time, say what might have seemed impossible; sometimes with the utmost simplicity, sometimes with immense complexity. In this ten-week course we will examine how our poetry can go where nothing else can. Participants will be set occasional assignments and their work will be discussed by the group.

venue Guppy's Enterprise Club,
Nunnery Lane, York YO23 1AB
day/time Tuesdays 6.00 - 8.00pm
dates 10 Oct - 12 Dec 06
fee £88, £76 conc.

In Bath

The Opportunities of Form with Carrie Etter

This course is for students who wish to improve their knowledge and practice of the formal elements of poetry, in the use of metre, rhyme, lineation, and stanzas, in a variety of forms as well as free verse. Students will complete regular writing assignments and discuss each other's writing in the group.

venue Murch Room, Bath Royal Literary
and Scientific Institiution, 16-18
Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
day/time Wednesdays fortnightly 7.00 - 900pm
dates Autumn Term 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 8Nov, 22 Nov, 6 Dec 06
fee £44, £38 conc. (per term)

The Poetry Surgery with Tim Liardet

An opportunity for students to bring new work, evolving work and (especially) work proving to be problematic, to a dedicated surgery. Each individual poem will be meticulously examined line by line for its ailments. Students will also be invited to identify possible fields of enquiry for their stage of development. If requested, the tutor will devote some time in each session to a short sharp treatment of one chosen aspect of writing modern poetry.

venue Murch Room, Bath Royal Literary
and Scientific Institiution, 16-18
Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
day/time Wednesdays fortnightly 7.00 - 9.00pm
dates Autumn Term 18 Oct, 1 Nov, 15 Nov, 29 Nov, 13 Dec 06
fee £44, £38 conc. (per term)

In Exeter

What Makes a Poem? with Julia Copus

Why do some poems stay with us? Are there certain 'magic ingredients' that make a poem work? What is it about particular images and phrases that causes them to lodge themselves in the mind? Using a combination of writing exercises and contemporary examples, we will not only attempt to answer these questions, but will also look at ways of spinning the clutter of our everyday lives into lively, imaginative and memorable poems.

venue Queen's Building
The Queen's Drive, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QH
day/time Thursdaysfortnightly5.00-7.00pm
12 Oct, 26 Oct, 9 Nov, 23 Nov, 7Dec 06
fee £44, £38 conc. (for the course)

Tutorials with Lawrence Sail

One to one tutorials are designed for participants seeking in-depth critical feedback on their work.

Poems must be submitted in advance. The length and nature of the tutorial should be agreed with the tutor before the session. Tutors will provide generous feedback and guidance during the session, but please note that no further correspondence can be entered into subsequently.

Dates, times and venues to be agreed with the tutor. Please email the Programme Coordinator to discuss availability:

fee from £65 (includes one hour preparation and one hour tutorial, based on a submission of up to 200 lines)

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