Saturday, September 24, 2005

online poetry school

I've just found a useful link on the Poetry Society home page to the new online Poetry School, which offers workshops, courses, special events and other support to new or improving writers. This is what they say about themselves ...

The Poetry School

The Poetry School was founded in 1997 by three poets - Mimi Khalvati, Jane Duran and Pascale Petit - to teach poetry to adults. We offer a comprehensive range of courses and workshops exploring key elements of poetic practice, complemented by stimulating lectures, discussions and seminars with some of the most renowned poets working today.

The School started life in London and continues to flourish there. Our courses take place in a variety of venues round the city from pubs to galleries, architects’ practices to Quaker meeting houses. As the School has grown, we have established teaching centres in Exeter, Manchester and York, and also offer activities in Aldeburgh, Bath, Dorchester, Ledbury, Lewes, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland and Winchester.

The website seems very professional and the list of tutors features many high-profile poets. It might be worth a browse if you're hoping to improve your work to publication standard or just wish to find out more about contemporary poetry. One of the special events in particular caught my eye; trips around London to visit the haunts of famous poets like John Donne, T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, presumably also looking at the impact of place on their poetry. Sounds fascinating. Click here for more details.

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