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Series Five

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 offering a series of Poetry Workshops at the White Horse pub restaurant, Shaston Road, Stourpaine, Dorset DT11 8TA. These workshops offer more intense writing experiences for published poets wishing to develop to a more advanced writing level.

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 Robert Duncan, Ed Dorn, Sophie Mayer, Peter Hughes, Sarah Howe, Lorine Niedecker, Anne Gorrick, Geraldine Monk, Vahni Capildeo, Thomas A. Clark, R.F.Langley, Lee Harwood, Hera Lindsay Bird, Eileen Myles, John Wieners, Alice Oswald, Dylan Thomas, 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’.

Details available from or telephone 07824 618708.

Day Workshops

The most recent interactive Workshop, inspired by the work of Marina Abramovic, was buiding upon the work covered within open-field poetics and based around objects and sound.

This is available as an Online workshop (by email) for those that live far away and wish to be involved. Please email if you are interested.

The online workshop is producing some wonderful poems. It is different, inspiring and productive. It is available at £40. Please email to get started.

Day Workshops

These workshops are £22 per session.

The next workshops will be at The White Horse, Stourpaine,

Saturday, 22 July 2017 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 14 October 2017 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 18 November 2017 from 10.00 a,

Refreshments available from 9.30 am

Tears in the Fence Festival weekend
Friday, 15 September Poetry Supper Evening at The White Horse, Stourpaine from 7.00 pm
Saturday, 16 September 2017 from 10.00 am Stourpaine Village Hall
Sunday, 17 September 2017 from 9.00 am Stourpaine Village Hall

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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