Poetry Workshops from New Writing Partnership, Norwich
April – August 2009
GIVE YOURSELF THE EDGE
As part of our writer’s services, New Writing Partnership are
offering a poetry workshop a month from April – August focusing on
how poetry is performed, as well as how to break into new media and
Led by the best writers in the field, and offering workshops on
form, comedy writing, modern media, and teaching as well as a
unique 2 day mentoring programme with Francesca Beard, this run of
workshops is a great opportunity for poets to really sharpen their
skills and are right for anyone looking to refine their technique
and expand their range.
All workshops will take place at New Writing Partnership
offices, 14 Princes Street, Norwich.
Travel bursaries will be available for participants travelling
from outside of Norfolk. Details available on application.
To find out more or book a place, please email
or call 01603 877177
Form and Performance with Tim Turnbull
Saturday 4 April | 11am – 5pm | £40
Forward prize nominee Tim Turnbull leads a workshop looking at
how formal aspects of poetry relate to a performance/reading.
Through a variety of practical exercises writers will consider the
basics of metre, the use or absence of rhyme, and the impact of
line length to see how traditional methods that may seem daunting
can be used to improve performance. No previous knowledge is
Tim Turnbull is the author of
Stranded in Sub-Atomica (2005) and
Caligula in Ice and Other Poems is due out on May 7th
2009. Es lebt!! is due out in Germany in March and a CD with
Scarborough absurdists Mormonhead, Direct from the Rock Factory, be
released later in the year. In 2006 he was awarded the first
Performance Poetry Fellowship by the Arts Foundation
Saturday 30 May | 11am – 5pm | £40
Josie Long presents a workshop aimed at finding and developing
your own comic voice for performers and writers who have always
wanted to try stand-up comedy. This will be a day of mucking around
and trying out with no pressure and probably prizes. Great for
honing up that between poem patter.
Josie Long is a comedian who won the
if.com best newcomer award for her
show in 2006, she has appeared and written for Skins, and most
recently made a series for BBC Radio 4.
A Thousand Words: Poetry in Pictures with Ross
Saturday 13 June | 11am – 5pm | £40
The online poetry community is increasingly important for
emerging writers, so this June poet and artist Ross Sutherland will
lead a session on how to make the most of modern media. This
hands-on practical workshop will show poets how to create engaging
work that can draw in audiences from new demographics, exploring
how poems can be enhanced by their transference into short films,
animation or static illustrations.
Ross Sutherland has co-written eight poetry/multimedia theatre
productions, and has produced two feature length poetry films. His
debut poetry collection,
Things To Do Before You Leave Town, was published this
year. He was included in The Times’s list of Top Ten Literary Stars
Bespoken Word with Francesca Beard
Saturday 11 July | one hour sessions between 10am & 3.30pm |
Fast-track your performance poetry career through this intensive
two-step mentoring programme with the respected spoken word artist,
Francecsa Beard. You will perform and then receive feedback on all
aspects of your performance in a one-on-one mentoring session with
her the following day. This is an amazing one-off opportunity for
anyone serious about improving their skills.
There are only five places available for this workshop so do
please apply to
with a relevant CV and a sample of your work.
Francesca Beard has been called ‘spine-tingling’ (The
Independent) and ‘The Queen of British Performance Poetry (London
Metro.) Born in Malaysia, she represents contemporary British
literature all over the world. She has a one-woman show, ‘Chinese
Whispers’ and a children’s show, ‘Animal Olympics’. To find out
Writers in Education Masterclass
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 August | 11am – 5pm | £70
If you would like to expand your range and work in education
then this weekend is a great opportunity to equip you with the
skills you’ll need to do so. Experienced poet and workshop leader
Jacob Sam-La Rose will lead a two day Masterclass looking at the
planning and delivery of workshops from a one hour session to a
The weekend will be practical and hands on. Along the way you’ll
explore how to engage students of ranging abilities in writing,
analysing and performing poetry, and how to do it all in a fun and
informative way. You'll also discuss the practicalities of working
in education, including maintaining communications with teachers
and managing expectations.
There are only ten places available for this workshop – please
with a relevant CV.
Jacob Sam-La Rose is a celebrated poet and performer as well as
the Artistic Director of the London Teenage Poetry SLAM,
Editor-in-Chief of Metaroar.com, founder of The Foundry for young
poets, and an editor for flipped eye press. He facilitates a range
of writing programmes through schools and arts institutions
around the world, and is passionate about building communities and
creating opportunities for emerging poets and writers.