Poetry and Songwriting

Mon 11 March 2024 - Fri 15 March 2024
Tutors / Brian Briggs & Paul Henry
Course Fee / From £625 - £725 per person
Genres / PoetrySongwriting
Language / English

Exploring the borders between poem and song lyric, this course will appeal both to poets and songwriters.  It also welcomes those new to writing and simply curious to test their talent in these areas. Through workshops and tutorials, we’ll look at what poetry and songwriting can learn from each other, including the influences of melody and rhythm.

Turning poems into song lyrics and vice versa, we’ll show how words can behave differently on the page and when sung, and how this difference often dictates the language and stresses we might use in our writing.

Whether you’re a poet seeking to refine the lyricism of your ‘voice’, or a songwriter keen to extend the range of your lyrics, here is an opportunity to break new ground and try out new approaches within a friendly, supportive atmosphere. And if you play an instrument, bring it along!


Brian Briggs

Brian Briggs, singer/songwriter for Stornoway band, has written four acclaimed albums and three EPs, and performed worldwide including appearances on Later… With Jools Holland and the main stages of the Glastonbury, Latitude and Isle of Wight festivalsHailed for its imaginative lyrics and arrangements, Stornoway’s music combine Brian's two great passions of music and nature. 

Zed Nelson

Paul Henry

Paul Henry came to poetry through songwriting. His nine Seren books include The Brittle Sea (2010), Boy Running (2015) and As If To Sing (2022) which won the Wales Book of the Year Poetry Award. Originally from Aberystwyth, Paul has guest-edited Poetry Wales and taught Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. He’s appeared at festivals in Europe, the USA and Asia. Paul has also presented arts programmes for Radio Wales, BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.

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