Cornerstones of the Imagination: Writing Poetry and Verse for Children and Young People

Mon 22 July 2024 - Fri 26 July 2024
Tutors / Dean Atta & Nikita Gill
Course Fee / From £625 - £725 per person
Genres / PoetryWriting for Children and Young Adults
Language / English

What are the stories which first made you fall in love with stories? This is the question at the heart of this week-long course on writing poetry and verse for children and young people led by award-winning writers and experienced tutors, Dean Atta and Nikita Gill. During the week you’ll be encouraged to take inspiration from memory, myth, and magic as you hone your voice, and develop your written and/or performance pieces. From immersing yourself in the beautiful natural surroundings of Tŷ Newydd, to discussing works by various authors, to revisiting your younger self from a place of compassion, the tutors will teach you the fundamentals of connecting with today’s young audiences.

The week will include group workshops and discussions, one-to-one tutorials, walks, readings, an informal spoken word poetry film night, and an array of playful and interactive writing exercises and prompts. You’ll leave feeling inspired and motivated and with a clearer sense of your authentic voice alongside a firmer understanding of the craft of writing poetry and verse for young audiences. So, join us for what will be a very special week of writing, dreaming, and exploring.


Dean Atta

Dean Atta is an award-winning Black British author and poet whose works have received praise from Bernardine Evaristo and Malorie Blackman. His novel in verse, The Black Flamingo (Hachette, 2020), about a Black gay teen finding his voice through poetry and drag performance, won the Stonewall Book Award and was shortlisted for numerous further prestigious awards. His poetry collection, There is (still) love here (Nine Arches Press, 2022), explores acceptance, queer joy and the power of unapologetically being yourself and fully embracing who you are. 


Nikita Gill

Nikita Gill is an Irish-Indian poet who has the attention of 700,000 Instagram followers worldwide for her work. Her work offers a shift of perspective which centres women in both Greek and Hindu myth as well as folklore. She has given a TEDx Talk, spoken at every major literary festival in the UK and been shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Award in poetry three times, the Childrens Poetry Award two times and longlisted for the Jhalak Prize. Gill has written seven poetry collections and two verse novels. Her book of fables for children Animal Tales from India and her newest verse novel for Doctor Who were both out in October 2023.

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