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Shortlisting!
I was excited to learn that two of my poems were shortlisted for the Bridport Prize this year, which was lovely news! Congratulations to all the winners and commended poets.

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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 see the Poetry School website for details and rates.

Please note, with the exception of students in the Surrey area (when the weather is clement!) 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.

Upcoming workshops

I'm currently working on putting together my Spring programme. Watch this space...or if you're feeling inspired, contact me and let me know what you'd like to see on there!

Jan 6th - Feb 10th 2021  |  8-9pm Wednesdays
Creative Engines Series 

Kickstart your New Year with this series of mini Zoom poetry workshops 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-long sessions with a host of new material to work on.

 

Each session will consist of a series of short generative activities, time to work further on one piece from the workshop and the opportunity for everyone to read back to the group if they want to. Find out more...

 

Pricing: £60 per six-week series* 


*Reduced rates code available to poets from marginalised communities, or to low-income participants.

January - June 2021  |  Monthly
Critical Workshop Series

My new Critical Workshop Series will give 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 will be circulated before the group meets so that everyone can read them prior to the workshop. I will host, lead the topic discussions and feedback sessions, and suggest further reading to support everyone's work.

 

The series will be priced at £150 for six 2.5 hour long sessions. Dates and times for the workshops will be arranged when we have a sufficiently large group to get going with. If you're interested in signing up for the Critical Workshop Series, you can contact me for more details about what's involved.

"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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