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Real Cute Danger
I'm thrilled to announce that my third full poetry collection Real Cute Danger will be published by the wonderful Broken Sleep Books in December 2022. Massive thanks to editor Aaron Kent and the editorial advisory board.

Here's how I pitched the book: Real Cute Danger views the experience of having children through the prism of horror and science fiction. It’s concerned with how the process of childbirth peels back your human trappings and exposes you for the animal you are, the treatment of women and women’s bodies during and post-pregnancy, and how the devastating cocktail of love and fear served up by a child can change you, sometimes in disturbing ways. 

I can't wait for everyone to real this book, which is very close to my heart.

I'm in Costa with the other new mums again

After a very positive response to my "I'm in Costa with the other new mums again" poems, which appeared in The Poetry Review this Spring, I recorded a short reading of them, which you can view above. These are taken from my third collection Real Cute Danger, (forthcoming from Broken Sleep Books, 2022). 

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Mentoring and feedback

I am available for mentoring, one-to-one feedback sessions and manuscript assessments in the Egham and London areas (and worldwide via Zoom, time zones permitting). Please contact me for details and rates. I also provide these services via the Poetry School.

Please note, all meetings will currently take place via Zoom.

“Angela has been mentoring me since June 2018. Through gentle coaching, she has helped me express what I was trying to say and validated my desire to say it.” – poetry mentee

Private workshops

I am available to teach tailored poetry workshops for private groups and schools. Please contact me directly for more information.

Examples of past workshops:

Memories and Lies

A two hour long zoom workshop where we escape the present by crafting poems using a heady combination of real memories and bare-faced lies. the workshop is focused on creating new material and is suitable for all levels.

In an anonymous survey, 100% of the participants in this workshop agreed they would recommend one of my workshops.

Strange Worlds: a Visual Poetry Workshop

A workshop focusing on visual poetry. Participants are invited to be the settlers on a newly terraformed planet (or setting of their choice). They will produce a collaborative calligram and go on to create their own visual poems. At Nine Worlds 2018, participants displayed their poems as a pop-up exhibition following the workshop.

“Angela is a great teacher, always ready to give suggestions but never judgmental; the time limit, not being alone, thinking carefully about every word, turned it all into my favourite Nine Worlds experience of this year. I want more.” – Visual Poetry Workshop participant

Masked Poetry

A workshop where participants choose and wear a mask of their choice throughout. The workshop focuses on freedom through pretence and the use of personae in poetry with the focus on producing new material.

“Angela was skilled, professional and lovely. The masked workshop was fascinating and immersive; I would recommend it as a way of getting out of your comfort zone and creating something new.” – Masked Poetry Workshop participant

Future Playgrounds: an introduction to writing science fiction poetry (Taught with Judy Brown)
In this workshop we use science fiction as a prism through which to examine our past, present and future concerns. We’ll take inspiration from the science fiction poems that are already out there, engaging in close reading to uncover their workings, and performing writing exercises to open our minds to the possibilities of writing poems in a speculative mode.

You can also see examples of more recent workshops on my Eventbrite page.

Upcoming workshops

Keep an eye out here for more new workshops as my Summer programme takes shape.

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Saturday 22nd May  |  10:00-16:00 (with breaks)
Raw Materials: writing poems about the difficult stuff

Many of us are in possession of subject matter that seems simultaneously essential and impossible. Experiences and emotions that feel important to explore, that feel like they are a natural and necessary subject for poetry, but that we just can't bring ourselves to write.

 

In this zoom workshop, we’ll tap into subject matter that you might normally keep under lock and key. We'll look at models from different types of poets for handling sensitive subject matter, and try out a range of different approaches from leaving everything on the page to writing between the lines.
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Pricing: £50 

Two free/discounted places available to poets from marginalised communities, or to low-income participants.

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Sunday 23rd May  |  10:00-16:00 CDT (with breaks)
Raw Materials: writing poems about the difficult stuff

The same as above, but with timings more friendly to poets in the US/Canada.

Find out more...

 

Pricing: £50 

Two free/discounted places available to poets from marginalised communities, or to low-income participants.

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Second Sunday of Every Month  |  Ongoing
Critical Workshop Series

My Critical Workshop Series gives a small fixed group of 8 poets (maximum) the chance to meet via Zoom on a monthly basis to workshop poems, discuss contemporary poetry and develop their critical skills. Poems are circulated before the group meets so that everyone can read them prior to the workshop. I host, lead the topic discussions and feedback sessions, and suggest further reading to support everyone's work.

 

The series is priced at £150 for six 2.5 hour long sessions. The workshop currently runs on the second Sunday of each month 14:00-16:30. If you're interested in signing up for the Critical Workshop Series, please contact me for more details about what's involved.

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Dates for series three coming soon
Creative Engines  

Join me for a weekly Zoom poetry workshop designed to start your creative engines and get you writing new material on a regular basis. Through a varied range of creative prompts and exercises, you’ll finish each of these weekly hour and a half-long sessions with a host of new material to work on.

 

Each session will consist of a series of short generative activities and the opportunity for everyone to read back to the group if they want to. Please register for the newsletter or contact me to let me know if you are interested in joining Creative Engines.

 

Pricing: £60 per six-week series* 


*Reduced rates code available to poets from marginalised communities, or to low-income participants. Pay weekly also available - see Eventbrite for ticket options.

"I've really enjoyed the two poetry workshops I've taken with you. Your creative exercises, your careful listening, and your sharp insight have helped me rethink my work in fresh ways. I've come away from each session with new tools and inspiration to craft stronger, more satisfying poems. Thank you!" - Jeanne Hillson, Chapel Hill, NC (Memories and Lies; Loving Cuts)

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