Writing Poetry at the Hurst

I’m very much looking forward to teaching a course on writing poetry with Helena Nelson at the Arvon Foundation at The Hurst in Shropshire, September 26th – October 1st. Sean Burn will be our guest reader on the Wednesday evening. I can’t recommend Arvon courses highly enough. Here’s the theme of our week, from the Arvon course brochure:

Daring to be different
How do you sharpen and strengthen your own distinctive voice? What makes a poem arresting? We will explore a variety of ways into writing and read an eclectic range of contemporary poems in a course designed to surprise you into writing the poems that only you could have written. This stimulating week will energise both new and experienced poets.

I think the course is already booked up, but it’s possible to be added to the waiting list. There are more details on Arvon’s website.



3 thoughts on “Writing Poetry at the Hurst

  1. michael9murray March 4, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Here’s a question:
    Is poetry the garden seen through the window of language?
    That is, by extension, Is poetry a static thing that you write and write again?

    Or is poetry the writer, the language, the time, culture as well as the garden? Is poetry an on-going experience, continually changing, developing, challenging?

    • cliffyates March 13, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      Hi Michael, I wouldn’t say poetry was static, that’s for sure. For me it’s a process. So I guess I would gravitate more towards your second position. What do you reckon?

      • michael9murray March 14, 2016 / 10:38 am

        I was trying to articulate here the disagreement I had once with Helena Nelson. She seemed to be putting forward the first argument as the criteria for accepting a poem for HappenStance.

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