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Series Eight

Poet, critic and Tears in the Fence editor, David Caddy, has more than thirty years experience teaching poetry and writing in a variety of universities and locations around the world with a range of students.

He is available to give poetry workshops in educational institutions, judge poetry and fiction competitions in schools and the community. He has led poetry workshops since the
1980s and is interested in challenging and stimulating working environments as well as residency work.

He is offering a series of Poetry Workshops at the White Horse pub restaurant, Shaston Road, Stourpaine, Dorset DT11 8TA. The White Horse was awarded the Taste of Dorset Pub of the Year in 2016 and 2018. These workshops offer more intense writing experiences for published poets wishing to develop to a more advanced writing level.

The next Workshop is on Saturday, 11th January at the White Horse restaurant from 10.00 am. Refreshments available from 9.30 am. Please email
to reserve a place.

There will be refreshments, a pub lunch, writing sessions, and critical analysis of poems, critical expositions and the opportunity to share new poems for critical analysis, and to interact with other poets that wish to experiment and move beyond the mundane. Amongst the poets under review will be Astrid Alben, Peter Larkin, John Clare, Ed Dorn, Carrie Etter, Sophie Mayer, Peter Hughes, Sarah Howe, Lorine Niedecker, Lesley Saunders, Geraldine Monk, Vahni Capildeo, Thomas A. Clark, R.F.Langley, Lee Harwood, Hera Lindsay Bird, Eileen Myles, John Wieners, Frank O’Hara, John Donne, Alice Oswald, Dylan Thomas, Shannon Tharp, T.S. Eliot, and so on.

The emphasis will be on strategies to develop both reading and writing skills built upon tradition and experiment through the history of modern poetry. The Workshops are designed for poets wishing to extend their understanding of ways to develop and expand their poetry.

Recent workshops have been entitled ‘In Praise Of Mistranslation’, ‘The uses and development of Ambiguity’, ‘Being Alive with Merleau-Ponty’, ‘Fragments: some notes’, and ‘From Darkness to Light in Made-up Play’, ‘Light, Birds and Plants in the visionary tradition’, ‘The use of memorable lines’, ‘Conversational Poetry’, ‘Found Response Poems’, and so on

Details available from or telephone 07824 618708.


Online workshops are available and take different forms from the instructive to the interactive. Each involve the development of specific poetry techniques, and are supported by critical notes before and after the workshop.

The most recent Online Workshops were inspired by the work of R. F. Langley and Lee Harwood. The current workshop is on changes in poetic register.

The online workshop is producing some wonderful poems. It is different, inspiring and productive. It is available at £40. Please email for more information.

Day Workshops

These workshops are £22 per session.

The next workshops will be at The White Horse, Stourpaine

Refreshments available from 9.30 am at each workshop

Saturday, 8 February 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 7 March 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 4 April 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 2 May 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 30 May 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 27 June 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 25 July 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 22 August 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 10 October 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 7 November 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 5 December 2020 from 10.00 am

Book early to avoid disappointment. All welcome

Please email to reserve a place



This service involves critical appraisals, advice on manuscript preparation and development, and guidance towards full collection publication.



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