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New workshop schedule on its way

I'm currently planning my 2021-22 workshop schedule. The first of the courses are already up here, but keep an eye on my Twitter (@AngelaCleland) or sign up for my newsletter to make sure you are the first to know about any more that are added. I'm thrilled to say I'll be reprising this year's "Creative Engines" course in the first five weeks of January.

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 new workshops.

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10:30pm Wednesday 6th Oct - 17th Nov | Fortnightly
Night Owls  

It’s 10:30. Everyone else has gone to bed or has become one with the television. But your imagination is just waking up. Now’s the time to grab yourself a cup or tea, or a glass of wine and get writing.

Maybe you struggle to find time to attend daytime workshops, you find you work better at night without being pulled this way and that by the responsibilities of the day, or you just fancy shaking up your writing routine to see what happens. Whatever the reason, come and join us as we shut out the niggling voices of everyday life and use the quiet of the night to get some poetry written.

Participants can sign up for as many or as few sessions as they like so group sizes may vary. Find out more

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10:00am-16:30pm | Sunday 7th November
Animal Magic
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Animal narratives, animal voices, animal transformations, animal totems, wild, domestic, feral, fantastical - animal poems from every angle you can think of.

In this all day workshop we’ll take a look at poetry written about, addressed to, and from the perspective of animals, and experiment with how allowing the animal into our poems can help us approach our preoccupations in new ways. Come along and add a little animal magic to your poetry.

This workshop is limited to ten spaces to ensure that everyone has a chance to share some of what they've written (if they choose to - there is no pressure on participants to share). The workshop will run from 10:00am - 4:30pm, allowing for five hours workshop time, an hour for lunch and two fifteen minute breaks. Find out more

8:00pm Monday 10th Jan - 7th Feb | Weekly
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: £75 for the five-week series* 


*Reduced rates code available to poets from marginalised communities, or to low-income participants. Pay weekly also available. Find out more

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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.

"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)

Jeanne has gone on to take part in the day long workshop Raw Materials and my Critical Workshop Series.

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