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Masterclass: (Two-day workshops.) Deal – Take two for £150 – save £50
Daycourse: Deal – Take two for £100 – save £20

How to Make Poems Masterclass, *

* this is a replacement for the Alan Jenkins course which has been cancelled. Please note the new date.

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd November

"Hugo Williams is exactly how you want a poet to be, almost as if 'poet' was a part he landed in an extremely long-running play.” 
Rachel Cooke, The Observer, March 26, 2006

'Poetry is made of words, not ideas': Mallarme. 'Not a bad idea, why not make a poem out of it?': Philip Larkin. Either way, poems have to be made: Award winning Faber poet Hugo Williams will lead a two-day Masterclass exploring how. This course is suitable for the more experienced poet and is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best.

About Hugo Williams

Hugo Williams won the 2000 T.S. Eliot Prize and was recently awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. His most recent poetry collection, Dear Room, was short-listed for the 2006 Costa Poetry Award. Williams also writes a column for the Times Literary Supplement, and has been a regular writer or critic for London Magazine, the New Statesman, the Sunday Correspondent, Harper's & Queen and Punch magazine.

The King of Hearts

£100/£70 conc. Including free tea, coffee and biscuits.
Double-up deal: Hugo Williams (1st & 2nd Nov) + Mimi Khalvati (15th & 16th Nov) -£150  (= just £37.50 a day)/ £100 conc. (= just £25 a day)



Poetic Forms
Masterclass with Mimi Khalvati

Saturday 15th / Sunday 16th November

Mimi Khalvati will explore Rhyme and Repetition in depth, focussing on the pantoum and the villanelle. This workshop is suitable for those who are already writing poetry and would like to explore these interesting forms and broaden their poetic range.

About Mimi Khalvati

“Intricate, sensuous and vulnerable...Mimi Khalvati's work will endure.” Moniza Alvi, Poetry Wales
Born in Tehran, Mimi Khalvati grew up on the Isle of Wight and has worked as a theatre director in Tehran, translating from English into Farsi and devising new plays, as well as co-founding the Theatre in Exile group. She now lives in Hackney and is a Visiting Lecturer at Goldsmiths College and the founder of the London Poetry School. Her seven collections include In White Ink , Mirrorwork and The Meanest Flower.

The King of Hearts
£100/£70 concession



Page to Performance
Day Course with Patience Agbabi

Saturday 15th November

What elevates a reading to a performance? If you're inspired by poetry off the page, then come along to listen, debate, and learn a range of practical skills to give your work the best possible outing. Please bring a poem up to 3 minutes long and check out the Poetry Jukebox on www.57productions.com to be inspired.

About Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi is a poet, performer and experienced workshop facilitator. R.A.W., her groundbreaking debut collection of poetry won the 1997 Excelle Literary Award. In 2004 she was named as one of the Poetry Society's 'Next Generation' poets. Patience has read at many key literature and music festivals, and her work has also appeared on television and radio. Bloodshot Monochrome, her latest collection, was published by Canongate in April, 2008.

The King of Hearts
£60 (£40) concessions



Poetry Manuscript Workshops
James Byrne and Clare Pollard in association with Wolf Magazine

Saturday 25th October

A chance to have a half hour /hour consultation with two of the best writers and editors around. Pollard and Byrne are currently working together on an anthology of new poets for Bloodaxe as well as being writers themselves, and their joint insight is bound to be highly valuable. The best work will be considered for publication and the chance of a slot at a Wolf magazine reading event later that evening.

Manuscripts will need to be submitted by 10th Oct. Please send no more than 5-10 poems (maximum of 10 sides of A4) to reach New Writing Partnership, by 10th Oct. Emails preferred to info@newwritingpartnership.org.uk. Or mail to New Writing Partnership, 14 Princes Street, Norwich, NR3 1AE.

Clare Pollard's first collectionThe Heavy-Petting Zoo was written whilst she was still at school, and received an Eric Gregory Award.  It was followed by Bedtime and Look, Clare! Look! recently made an A-level set text. Her first play The Weather premiered at the Royal Court Theatre. Clare also works as a journalist, broadcaster and teacher and has written and presented two documentaries for television and ‘My Male Muse', which was a Radio 4 Pick of the Year.  Clare teaches widely is currently editing an anthology of new poets for Bloodaxe with James Byrne.

James Byrne is a writer and editor who runs The Wolf - a magazine which he co-founded in 2002. His collection Passages of Time was published in 2003. In recent years he has worked for the Poetry Translation Centre and is currently working on translation projects. James has also translated the Omani national anthem. His Wolf workshops have been running since 2006 and have included events in Paris and England. In the last year James was a guest speaker at America's National Poetry Conference and has been a guest speaker at Queen Mary University and the University of Wales. 

The King of Hearts
Various sessions
£40 per half hour, (double-ups possible)