My World Poetry Day Workshop

It’s World Poetry Day on Saturday March 21st 2015, and to celebrate, and as Poet in Residence for Wenlock Poetry Festival, I’ll be hosting an exclusive workshop at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. I’m going to be leading a poetry workshop sparked by the world’s marvels, helping you map untrodden paths into new poems through a series of engaging activities and prompts.  Bring with you a … Continue reading My World Poetry Day Workshop

They lie, crowned, with their hands crossed/ The Kings and Queens of Aragon

I’ve been making a book from a poem.  The poem is about the royal tombs of the Kings and Queens of Aragon, from the 12th to the 15th century.  Their huge stone tombs are in the nave of the Abbey church in the Monastery of Poblet, in Catalonia.  I saw them twenty years ago while travelling through Spain by bicycle.  It was a bitter winter day and we … Continue reading They lie, crowned, with their hands crossed/ The Kings and Queens of Aragon

Writing for The Museum of Lost Objects

A short and high-spirited workshop today with home-educated kids Isaac, Loreta and Mollie. First we choose from The Museum of Lost Objects. We described them to each other, then did 5 minutes focussed free-writing (spelling-and-punctuation-free-as-long-as-you-can-read-it-back).  We shared that, chose the best bits.  Then we looked at some poems written as cinquains, so there are 5 lines, and each line has a set number of syllables in it: … Continue reading Writing for The Museum of Lost Objects