Writing the Rooms of the Poem

Sun 26 May 2024 - Fri 31 May 2024
Tutors / Vanessa Lampert & Vicky Morris
Guest Reader / Warda Yassin
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genre / Poetry

“Here, in the room of my life the objects keep changing.” Ann Sexton

What are the specifics and devices of language that successfully furnish the room or rooms of a poem? How do we walk into and experience its space – the colours, the light from its windows, and what we might encounter in its dark recesses? As readers, what makes us want to stay?

Through a wide range of stimulating writing exercises, discussions and close reading of a wonderful selection of contemporary poems, we’ll consider these questions and more. We’ll cover tips on editing, the mechanics, lyricism and music of a poem, and how it can be crafted to reach the heart of a reader. Be you a fledgling poet, or already well on the wing, leave the week inspired, with budding new drafts and fresh ideas to make your poems fly.

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Vanessa Lampert

Vanessa Lampert is an acupuncturist and poet from Oxfordshire. Her first full collection Say It With Me will be published by Seren in April 2023. She has an MA in Writing Poetry from Poetry School London and Newcastle University. Since 2019 she has won the Café Writers prize, the Edward Thomas prize, the Sentinel prize, and the Ver Poetry prize twice, and placed second in the Fish, Yeovil, Oxford Brookes, Ware, and Kent & Sussex prizes. She was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2020 and is nominated in the Best Single Poem category of the 2023 Forward Prize.

Vanessa’s work has recently been published in Magma, The Moth, The Oxford Times and Poetry Wales. She co-edits The Alchemy Spoon magazine and has taught children in schools and for Learn with Leaders in India. She has run workshops for Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Poetry School London, Hive South Yorkshire, and Stanza groups nationwide. Her pamphlet On Long Loan was published by Live Canon in 2020. www.vanessalampert.me

Vicky Morris

Vicky Morris is a British/Welsh poet, mentor and creative educator from north Wales. Her debut pamphlet If All This Never Happened (Southword Editions 2021) was a winner of the Munster Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition and was shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet in the Saboteur Awards 2021. Her poems have appeared widely in magazines and journals, including: The Rialto, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales and The North. She is the editor of five anthologies of poetry and fiction by emerging young writers.

Vicky has been placed in various competitions including first place in the Prole Laureate Competition 2019 and the Aurora Prize 2020. She was recently shortlisted for the Mairtin Crawford Award for Poetry 2022 and highly commended in the Liverpool Poetry Prize 2022. For the last 15 years, Vicky has built opportunities for young writers, founding Hive in 2016 for writers aged 14 to 30. Through Hive she has mentored many emerging young poets who’ve received accolades such as the New Poets Prize and the Young Northern Writes Award. Her work developing young writers earned her a Sarah Nulty Award in 2019. She is a recent Arvon/Jerwood mentee. www.vickymorris.co.uk

Guest Reader

Warda Yassin

Warda Yassin is a British Somali poet and English teacher based in Sheffield. She was a winner of the 2018 New Poets Prize for her debut pamphlet Tea with Cardamom (Poetry Business 2019). Her poems have appeared widely in journals including Magma, Poetry Birmingham, Poetry Wales, The North and Oxford Poetry. She’s been anthologised in collections such as Verse Matters (Valley Press), Anthology X (Smith|Doorstep), More Fiyah (Cannongate) & after hours (Hive).

Warda’s recent pamphlet collaboration with poets Danae Wellington and Sile Sibanda, Split Out the Myth, was published by Smith Doorstep in 2023. She was a recipient of the Women Poet’s Prize 2020 and Sheffield Poet Laureate 2020-2022. Warda is a founding member of Hive Poetry Collective.

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