Spring Poetry Masterclass

Mon 22 May 2023 - Sat 27 May 2023
Tutors / Gillian Clarke & Carol Ann Duffy
Guest Reader / Imtiaz Dharker
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genre / Poetry
Language / English

Led by two former national laureates, this masterclass is aimed at committed poets aiming to further develop their writing. The week will feature a group workshop each morning to prompt the creation of new poems, and you will also enjoy and be inspired by two evening poetry readings during the week: one by the tutors, and the other by a visiting poet. Free afternoons will allow you to discuss poetry with your co-writers, focus on your own writing or take walks to gain inspiration from Tŷ Newydd’s beautiful surroundings. The course will end with the creation of an anthology featuring work created by the participants and tutors, and a celebratory evening of readings in the library. This course will challenge and inspire writers looking to develop the shape, music and imaginative possibilities of their poetry.


Gillian Clarke

Gillian Clarke was National Poet of Wales 2008-2016 and was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010. Some of her most recent publications include Selected Poems, published by Picador in 2016, Zoology, her ninth collection from Carcanet in 2017, and Roots Home, essays and a journal, by Carcanet in February 2021. Her version of Aneirin’s 7th century Welsh poem, Y Gododdin, was published as a bilingual text by Faber in May 2021. A collection of poems, The Silence, is currently in progress.  



Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy is Creative Director of The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her New and Collected Poems for Children (2010) is published by Faber and her Collected Poems (2015) by Picador. Her most recent collection is Sincerity (Picador, 2018). In 2005, Carol Ann won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Rapture (Picador, 2006). She was Poet Laureate for ten years between 2009-2019.

Guest Reader

Imtiaz Dharker

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary filmmaker. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, her collections are published by Bloodaxe, and include The terrorist at my table (2006), Over the Moon (2014) and the latest, Luck is the Hook (2018). She has been Poet-in-Residence at Cambridge University Library for Thresholds poetry project, and recently completed a series of poems based on the Archives of St Paul’s Cathedral. Imtiaz has had ten solo exhibitions of drawings; and she also scripts and directs films, many for non-governmental organisations in India, in the area of shelter, education and health for women and children.


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