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WORKSHOP 1: The Moment Captured: Poetry and the Photograph  (max. size: 12 people) 

Through their ability to tell a story and to show us lives and places outside of our experience, photography has the power to capture a moment in time. In this practical workshop, Jacqueline Saphra and Tamar Yoseloff look at photographs as a source for poems and suggest strategies for mining their directness.

Jacqueline Saphra’s most recent collection, Velvel’s Violin from Nine Arches Press was a PBS Recommendation and she teaches at The Poetry School.

Tamar Yoseloff’s seventh collection, Belief Systems, is recently published by Nine Arches Press and is a PBS Recommendation for Summer 2024. She is a freelance lecturer in creative writing and won a Cholmondeley Award in 2023. Zoom link will be issued nearer to the workshop date.

WORKSHOP 2: Raiding (or not) the inarticulate: writing through bereavement (max. size: 12 people) 

Paul's and Fiona's first collections both centred on the loss of a partner.  How to write after, or out of, the death of someone very close? We will look at poems by authors such as Denise Riley, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Marie Howe, Deryn Rees-Jones, D A Powell, Penelope Shuttle.  We will explore the process of turning the rawest material into a poem, and the emotions from trauma relived to guilt. We will examine how we might write on such a huge subject by focusing in on objects, places and people, and consider bereavement - and the writing thereof - as a process and series of performances and rituals.

Fiona Moore's first collection The Distal Point (HappenStance) was a PBS recommendation and shortlisted for the 2019 TS Eliot and Seamus Heaney prizes. She is an editor at Magma Poetry magazine, most recently co-editing the Islands issue in 2023.  Her book-length poem Okapi will come out from Blue Diode in September 2024. 

Paul Stephenson has three pamphlets: Those People (Smith/Doorstop, 2015), The Days that Followed Paris (HappenStance, 2016), and Selfie with Waterlilies (Paper Swans Press, 2017). His first collection Hard Drive was published by Carcanet in summer 2023 and has been shortlisted for a Lamda Literary Award in the US.
Website:  - Instagram: paulstep456. Zoom link will be issued nearer to the workshop date. 

WORKSHOP 3: Writing the River  (max. size: 12 people) 

Location: Central London (Meeting-point for walk will be issued nearer to workshop date).

Join Lisa Kelly and Susannah Hart for a leisurely afternoon walk along the banks of the Thames, interspersed with close writing exercises and prompts. Our creative journey will finish in a historic pub, where there will be the opportunity to read back work, chat, eat and drink. Cost of food and drink not included.

Lisa and Susannah are both board members and recent editors of Magma Poetry. Lisa Kelly's second collection The
House of the Interpreter
(Carcanet) was a Poetry Book Society Summer 2023 Recommendation.  Her first collection, A Map Towards Fluency (Carcanet), was shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Poetry Prize 2021. She co-edited What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective (Arachne Press) and is currently editing the Grassroots issue of Magma.

Susannah's first collection Out of True won the 2018 Live Canon First Collection Prize and her poem ‘Reading the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy’ won first prize in the 2019 National Poetry Competition; she was subsequently commended in both the 2020 and 2022 competitions.

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