"We have everything for the writer in you at Cheltenham Poetry Festival."

Book one of the festival’s informative workshops now and you will get a discounted ticket to one of their inspiring readings. It’s your chance to hear and work with some outstanding poets. Tutors include Ben Parker, John Hegley, Gram Joel, Michael Scott, David Clarke and Tricia Torrington.

Workshops include:

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a List Poem – Ben Parker Workshop
From passages in Homer’s Iliad to Wallace Stephen’s masterpiece 13 Ways to Look at a Blackbird, and beyond, list poems have proved a powerful and persuasive form of verse. Ben Parker, Poetry Editor of Critical Survey and the author of two acclaimed collections of poetry, leads this workshop in which you will explore the form and write your very own list poem.
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The Surreal – Michael Scott Workshop
How can we make our poetry artistically beautiful and stylistically surreal? In this innovative and inspiring workshop, we will explore the surreal through poems by Russell Edson, Amber Tamblyn, Cesar Vallejo, Dante and Rilke and learn how letting the imagination run wild can enrich our work. Michael Scott is the author of the visionary and experimental Little Usherette – a sellout chapbook with The Red Ceilings Press in 2016.
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How to write a collaborative poem: compound workshop with Gram Joel Davies and Hannah Linden.
If poetry is about finding truth through an exploration of personal insights, what happens if two poets work together to produce one poem? ‘Compound’ poetry requires an openness to someone else’s vision combined with holding on to your own to create a new synthesis. Gram Joel Davies and Hannah Linden won 1st and 3rd prize in the Cheltenham Compound Poetry Competition 2015. Each poem grew from a different approach. Come along to a workshop to share these different techniques.

John Hegley workshop: Writing, Drawing, and Drawing out the Creative
Enjoy a creative workshop with The People’s Poet Laureate John Hegley. Bring a poem (by someone other than you), and a painting or photo to act as a trigger for new work. There will be mandolin playing as you are mulling and making!
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