News from the Writers' Centre August 2009

Poetry Workshops
Writers’ Centre Norwich Offices, 14 Princes Street, Norwich, NR3 1AE

Below are details of four poetry workshops in collaboration with the Poetry School. The workshops look at key processes of writing poetry, and include a session with Neil Astley on getting published, and a masterclass with Sean O’ Brien on how to prevent habit or anxiety from obstructing your work.

WRITING THE SELF with MICHAEL LASKEY
Sat 10 October 2009 11am – 5pm £50 / £40 conc

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival founder and TS Eliot Prize shortlisted poet Michael Laskey examines the process of writing one’s self into poetry. Including close readings of contemporary poetry and writing exercises for poets looking to develop in their field.

GET PUBLISHED – OR NOT with NEIL ASTLEY
Mon 9 November 2009 4pm – 7pm £50 / £40 conc

This workshop offers a nuts-and-bolts examination of the whys and wherefores of getting poetry published in books and magazines, led by Bloodaxe’s editor, Neil Astley. He has published hundreds of poets but has also had to reject the rest by the skipload and so can offer an informed, insider’s view of poetry publishing and bookselling. The session involves a general reality check as well as individual attention to particular concerns and questions. Not to be missed. Participants also receive free entry to the evening’s Cafe Writers event, see www.cafewriters.org.uk

FACT INTO POETRY with HELEN IVORY
Sat 27 February 2010│10am – 5pm│£50 / £40 conc

How important are facts in a poem? How far can you take an idea before it’s fully realised? This workshop explores the process of changing fact into art. Bloodaxe published and Eric Gregory award winning poet Helen Ivory will lead participants, looking at aspects of the self, the metaphorical truth and how facts can be manipulated creatively to make poems.

WHAT DOES THE POEM NEED FROM THE POET? MASTERCLASS with SEAN O’BRIEN
Sat 13 March 2010│10am – 4pm│£60 / £40 conc

This masterclass will concentrate on those points at which a poem comes into its own during the process of revision. TS Eliot prize winner Sean O’Brien will look at ways of preventing habit or anxiety from obstructing the range and development of our work, and the overall emphasis will be on the sense of possibility. Those booking onto the masterclass will be asked to submit poems in advance.

To book email info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk or call 01603 877177.

Performance with Luke Kennard

Nurture your inspiration by experiencing the poetry of Luke Kennard, whose first collection of poetry, The Solex Brothers, was given an Eric Gregory Award in 2005. His second collection, The Harbour Beyond the Movie was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2007, making him the youngest writer ever to be nominated, and a talent not to be missed. Further details can be found on the WCN website.


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Competitons and submissions

John Betjeman Young People's Poetry Competition
Open to 11-14 year olds, deadline 31st August
Entrants are invited to send one poem about any aspect of their local surroundings. First prize: £1,000 shared between the winning entrant and the school or theatre to which they belong. Go to www.johnbetjeman.com or mail justinagowers@yahoo.co.uk for more info / entry form.

*periphery
YH485 Press invites you to contribute material to a publication on the theme of periphery. Each contributor will be allocated a two-page spread: for an image of their own choosing and 500 words of text. *periphery is launched to coincide with the opening of a four-day programme of moving image works by local artists to be broadcast on the giant televisions along Great Yarmouth seafront. Deadline: August 25th 2009 at 5pm. Send submissions, text in word doc. format and image as a hi-res JPEG to the Editor at aaronjuneau@hotmail.com

For more information, news and events contact:
Writers’ Centre Norwich
14 Princes Street
Norwich
NR3 1AE
Tel: 01603 877177
Fax: 01603 625452
www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

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