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Creative Saturday with Jo Clement

Creative Saturday with Jo Clement

Saturday 11th December 2021, 10am - 3pm
Percy Building, Newcastle University

POSSESSION (for poets)

Should a ‘good poem’ possess its reader? To what extent do poets become possessed by our subjects? What about the voices that manifest on the page, how can we control them? This workshop encompasses close reading and the generation of new writing in lyric and elegiac modes about people, places and belongings. Taking possession as both our thematic and technical focus, we’ll explore a variety of skills and editorial approaches to better harness our craft and enchant readers. 

This is one of a series of two intensive poetry workshops. Do one or both! 'Speaking Song' runs on Saturday 30th April 2022.

Feedback - if you’d like to submit work arising from the workshop for feedback from Jo, you are invited to submit up to 120 lines of poetry by Saturday 25th December.  For a fee of £50, you will receive annotated comments on your manuscript plus a general 1-page report. Feedback will be returned to you by Saturday 8th January.

Jo Clement is Managing Editor of Butcher’s Dog and a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Northumbria University. In 2019 Durham Book Festival commissioned the Arts Council England-supported ‘Traveller Road to Holy Island’, a collaborative writing and drawing pilgrimage with the author Damian Le Bas and daily limner W. John Hewitt. Jo’s debut pamphlet is Moveable Type (New Writing North, 2020). With support from the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) she edited Wagtail: The Roma Women's Poetry Anthology (Butcher's Dog Publishing, 2021). Her first full-length collection, Outlandish, will be published by Bloodaxe in May 2022.; @_dodo

Course fee: £35

Please note this workshop is delivered 'present in person' and that covid-secure policies and proceedures are in place.

In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled, a full refund will be given. Otherwise refunds are not available.

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences