Three poetry day schools for Autumn- Winter 2013








L-R: Tamar Yoseloff,  Sue Rose and Claire Crowther.

Saturday 5 October – Lineation with Tamar Yoseloff

This one-day session will look at techniques and strategies of lineation. We will consider how the line creates flow and movement, narrative drive and shape on the page, by looking at examples from a variety of contemporary poets. Participants are encouraged to bring a draft of a poem in progress and there will be exercises during the session to encourage new work.

Since moving to London in 1987, Tamar has been the organiser of the Terrible Beauty reading series at the Troubadour Coffee House, Reviews Editor of Poetry London magazine, and from 2000 to 2007, Programme Coordinator for The Poetry School. She currently works as a freelance tutor in creative writing.

Her most recent collection, The City with Horns (2011), was published by Salt and features a sequence of poems inspired by the life and work of the American abstract artist, Jackson Pollock. Two recent limited editions, Desire Paths, with Linda Karshan and Galerie Hein Elferink, and Formerly, with photographs by Vici MacDonald (the first publication from a new imprint, Hercules Editions) were published in 2012. Formerly was shortlisted for the prestigious Ted Hughes Award in New Poetry.

Saturday 2 November – Syllabics with Claire Crowther

Few contemporary poets claim to work in syllabics – counting the syllables in each line or stanza – but many do. It is almost a secret skill yet no poet should be without it. Shaping lines by patterning syllables, their sound units, offers surprising benefits to the redrafting process and tightens the structure of apparently free (unmetred) poems. Contemporary syllabic poetry is a rich resource, including work by such poets as Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Daryush, Philip Levine and Dylan Thomas. In this workshop, you will define contemporary syllabics, explore examples and create a new syllabic poem.

Claire Crowther has published two poetry collections from Shearsman, the first of which, Stretch of Closures, was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection. Her poems and reviews have appeared in journals such as the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, Poetry London, Poetry Wales and Poetry Review and has been widely anthologised, including in Identity Parade, edited by Roddy Lumsden (Bloodaxe, 2010), Infinite Difference edited by Carrie Etter (Shearsman, 2010) and The Best British Poetry 2013, edited by Ahren Warner (Salt, 2013).

Claire has BA. MA and PhD degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing from Manchester, Glamorgan and Kingston universities and won the George Gissing and the Shakespeare prizes while at Manchester. She has appeared at festivals such as Aldeburgh, Stanza and Lancaster Litfest.


7 December – Autobiographical and Confessional Poetry with Sue Rose

This one-day workshop will look at some of the issues surrounding writing autobiographical or confessional poetry. We will discuss pitfalls and advantages through examples of the genre and take a look at the type of techniques we can use to depersonalize the personal and rein in emotion. There will be time in the afternoon to discuss ongoing work or new work written on the day in response to exercises.

Sue Rose works as a literary translator and has published various novels, libretti and plays in translation. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies and she has been commended or placed in competitions such as the National Poetry Competition, the Peterloo and the Wigtown. She won the Troubadour Poetry Prize in 2009 and the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition in 2008. She is also a founder member of Scatterlings, a group formed to give readings in the Southeast and beyond. Her debut full-length collection, From the Dark Room, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2011, and a chapbook, Archives du Coeur, is forthcoming from Hercules Editions in late 2013. Her second collection The Cost of Keys will be published in late 2014.

Fees: £55 / £45 concessions.
Venue: The Poet’s House, Oxford OX1 4PG.
Timings: 10.30-4.30 – arrival from 10.00 onwards.

Please bring a packed lunch. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided. For further information or to book a place email Jenny Lewis on