Upcoming events

This is a new page and details poetry events which Open University Poets may be interested in. It will include poetry festivals, book launches and workshops.

If you have news of any such events send the details to me at webdesk@oupoets.org.uk

Gloucester Poetry Festival: Second Wave, 2nd to 23rd October.

As the last on-line series of the Gloucester Poetry Festival was such a success, ZD Dicks (the festival director and Gloucestershire Poet Laureate) is proud to announce a new series with internationally renowned poets.

Each session will showcase a poet followed by a Q&A session where you can ask them your burning questions. The events will take place on Zoom allowing our neighbours across the world free access. Tickets are limited and it’s first come first served so get yours as the events come on-line!

To find out more and get links to register for tickets, keep checking the events link in the menu above or our Facebook page at https://facebook.com/GloucesterPoetryFestival/ *

We love poetry and we want to share it with you.

This series is brought to you in association with:

Yarn Whispering (yarnwhispering.co.uk)


Members of the Booksellers Association (booksellers.org.uk):-

Banner Books (Ennistymon)
Book Corner (Saltburn-by-the-Sea)
The Bookshop (East Grinstead)
Brendon Books (Taunton)
Bridge Bookshop (Isle of Man)
Browsers Bookshop (Porthmadog)
Gullivers Bookshop (Wimborne)
Gnash Comics
Gwisgo Bookworm (Aberearon)
Haslemere Bookshop (Haslemere)
Hungerford Bookshop (West Berkshire)
Lindum Books (Lincoln)
Mostly Books (Abingdon)
Niche Comics and Bookshop (Cambridgeshire)
Red Lion Books (Colchester)
Sam Read Bookseller (Grasmere)
Wivenhoe Bookshop (Essex)
The Woodstock Bookshop

For further details click here.

Course: West Dean College

Writing poetry: memory and imagination with Maggie Sawkins

Creative writing and publishing

Ref: SWE10930

Suitable for all £260

On this course you will learn how to shape and transform personal material into poetry. You will look at techniques such as personification, metaphor and the adoption of different voices – the tools poets use to tell the truth slant. A willingness to share and reflect in a non-judgemental manner will help you on this course.

On the first evening there will be an introduction to the course and we will get to know each other.

A series of activities including flow writing, patterning and guided imagery will be used to stimulate the imagination, enabling you to tap into the inner life of memory, emotion and personal experience. We will also discuss the work of contemporary poets using this as a springboard for your own writing. You will be encouraged to get into the mood by taking inspiration from the flora and fauna of West Dean Gardens. Finally there will be an opportunity to develop your individual drafts through one-to-one and group feedback.

By the end of the course you will have:

• Gained an understanding of the different techniques to help you to get closer to what you want to convey;

• Generated ideas and drafts that can be developed into polished pieces of writing;

• Learnt some creative journaling techniques to help foster the writing muscle once the course has finished.

For further information click here.