This is a place for people who want to play with poetry – whether you identify as a poet or not. You might be new to poetry, returning to it after some time, or looking for new ways in. You might be interested in using poetry to inform a different creative practice. My workshops offer an invitation to explore, experiment, and if you want to, share your work.
I’ve called myself a poet for about 12 years, but I’ve been playing with poetry for much longer. As a child I made up rhymes to make my sisters laugh. I had a cassette tape of Michael Rosen recorded off the radio, which I adored. In my early twenties I started going to poetry events and discovered a world of writing that was alive and happening now. Slowly, I began writing and performing myself. I learned how to lead workshops with the support of Jacob Sam-La Rose and other poets who know that poetry can be for anyone.
There are more ways to make a poem than there are people on this planet. Poetry is multisensorial, a word I learned from poet and artist Khairani Barokka, meaning it can exist through multiple senses: in the body, in the hands, in the voice, behind the eyes. Poetry existed in the human body before it was ever written down. I love poetry in books, but I know poetry lives before, beyond and after them, as well.
If you want to play with poetry, you’re welcome here. You might wish your work to be published or performed in some way, and I will share plenty of opportunities, but our main purpose will be to create, and for those of us who want to, to share and hear from others.
What happens in the workshops?
Each month I run three workshops on a theme. The aim of these workshops is to spark new poems using writing activities and inspiration from other poets. The final workshop of each month is a sharing session. Those who wish to can share a poem they’ve created during the month, and if they wish, receive some light feedback in the form of praise (things that stuck with us, moved us, made us laugh…) and questions. You can just come along to experience others’ poetry if you wish.
Read about upcoming themes here.
Here are answers to some more questions you might have.
Poetry is for everyone, but it can seem intimidating. You don’t have to bring anything to the workshops except respect and openness. You don’t have to have read a lot of poetry, or to have studied it.
The workshops and materials are in English, but you can write in any language. I am a qualified ESOL teacher (English for speakers of other languages) and bring that experience to my workshops.
Trans and gender non-binary folks are welcome. At the start of sessions, I will invite all participants to share their preferred pronouns next to their name on Zoom.