Day school timetable

*More dates for day school and classes planned for 2020-21 soon*

I’m excited to announce two very special Day Schools for autumn 2016.

On Saturday 29 October, Poet and Troubadour Café events organizer, Anne-Marie Fyfe will run an unusual and stimulating workshop ‘As I Write This Letter’ on poetry inspired by letters, postcards, messages and notes.  On Saturday 26 November we’re very pleased to welcome  Claire Crowther and Rosie Jackson who will run greatly anticipated sessions focused on how to approach publication. There will be a linked reading at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore at 7.00pm for this event where you can hear Claire, Rosie and Alison Brackenbury read from their new collections.

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Saturday 29 October 2016

Anne-Marie Fyfe – ‘As I Write This Letter: a poetry workshop inspired by letters, postcards, messages and notes’


St. Hilda’s College, Oxford


£45- concessions


Please click here to book tickets.

A letter is a joy of Earth–

It is denied the Gods—

      Emily Dickinson

Practitioners of letters have long longed for the thud on a morning mat; & missives — delivered & undelivered, stamped or franked, misappropriated, misdirected & mislaid — are a perennially fascinating subject. A much-awaited object in popular songs, the crux of countless plays, & a useful literary device (as in Bram Stoker’s Dracula), the letter offers the poet plausible pretexts for musing aloud, & an endless subject for speculation, as in Elizabeth Bishop’s Letter to NY, Ted Hughes’ Birthday Letters, WH Auden’s Night Mail & Sharon Olds’ Letter to My Father from 40,000 Feet… Explore the uses & misuses of letters, notes & postcards, as both subject & literary form in poetry.

Anne-Marie was born in Ireland and now lives in West London. A poet, creative-writing tutor, arts organiser (of the well-known Troubadour club events in London), she was Chair of the Poetry Society (2006 – 2009). She has published five poetry collections, including Understudies: New and Selected Poems and, in 2015, House of Small Absences. She also won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Curaçao Dusk’.

Saturday 26th November 2016

Claire Crowther –   ‘Getting Read:  build your strategy for publication’ and Rosie Jackson – ‘Putting a Pamphlet Together’


St. Hilda’s College, Oxford


£45- concessions


Two linked sessions, must be booked together as one Day School.

Please click here to book tickets.

Claire Crowther ‘Getting Read: build your strategy for publication’

Every poem wants to be read. Where and how is under the control of the poet. This workshop will lead each poet to make a personal strategic plan for publication.

We’ll evaluate the state of poetry publishing, poets’ strengths and weaknesses, the good bits and the bad bits of becoming a well published poet. And, just to make sure it’s not a purely marketing exercise, there’ll be time to discuss the values behind our strategy – because it’s a lot easier to be successful if you believe in what you’re doing.

Claire Crowther has published three collections. Her fourth pamphlet, Bare George, written after a residency at the Royal Mint Museum, is published this year by Shearsman. She has an M.Phil and PhD in Creative Writing (Poetry). She was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh Best First Collection Prize and was awarded a bursary to write her second collection by Kingston University. 

Her poems are published widely in anthologies and such journals as Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, New Statesman, Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review. She reviews regularly for Poetry London and other journals. 

Visit Claire’s website

Rosie Jackson – ‘Putting a Pamphlet Together’

A workshop to help you think more deeply about preparing a pamphlet: how to select and sequence poems, reflect on form, tone and narrative, choose a title, submit and target specific competitions or publishers.  

Please bring with you 10 of your own best poems, with a page listing the poems’ titles, plus one pamphlet by a poet you particularly admire.

Rosie Jackson’s first full collection of poetry The Light Box came out from Cultured Llama in April 2016, following her pamphlet What the Ground Holds (Poetry Salzburg, 2014). Other books include Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion, The Eye of the Buddha, Frieda Lawrence, and Mothers Who Leave.

Rosie has degrees from Warwick and York and has taught at the University of East Anglia, but is a latecomer to writing poetry, and is still learning the craft.  In 2015-16, she won First Prize in the Berkshire Music & Arts Festival, Joint First Prize in the Bath Poetry Café, the Hilly Cansdale Award at Wells Literature Festival, Second Prize in the Battered Moons, was shortlisted at Bridport and Highly Commended at Torbay. ‘Stonking good poems.’ (Jo Bell.)  Rosie’s memoir The Glass Mother, will be published in Nov 2016 by Unthank Books.

Visit Rosie’s website 

Poetry reading at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore with Claire Crowther, Rosie Jackson and Alison Brackenbury, Followed by an open mic. 7-9pm. Tickets £3 on the door or from Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Walton Street, Oxford. For further details and how to book please email Dennis Harrison at

 Previous classes include:

Saturday 30th  April 2016:

St. Hilda’s College, Oxford
£50/ £45

I heard Alan Buckley speak about the connection between poetry and the unconscious at the ‘Place for Poetry’ Conference at Goldsmiths in May 2015 and was deeply impressed. His is an important and authoritative voice and his Day School, about the need to take risks, and even put ourselves at risk, in our poetry is bound to inject new lifeblood into your practice. Alan’s debut pamphlet, Shiver (tall-lighthouse) was a PBS Choice.

Saturday 28th May 2016: 

St Hilda’s College, Oxford

Kate Miller has studied Art History at Cambridge as a well as Fine Art in London and her debut collection The Observances (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet Press, 2015) is breathtaking in its meticulous, lyrical evocations of light and types of distance. The poems look as beautiful on the page as they sound to the ear. Not surprisingly, The Observances was shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Prize and Kate is also the winner of the Edwin Morgan Prize.


“Jenny’s class was a wonderful experience. She has a special gift for getting the best out of students and is a great facilitator for learning.” Approaches to Poetry, Oxford University Summer Programme 2012.

“[Jenny’s] comments are exemplary: encouraging, directive and, where necessary, critical. The complex process of offering a critique of a creative piece is here accomplished with admirable firmness and sensitivity.”
External Moderator, Oxford University

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