Saturday 21st October 2017
with Ruth Valentine
The rubai (rubiayat is the plural) is a traditional Persian form, introduced (and adapted) into English by Edward Fitzgerald in the nineteenth century, and by other writers since. During this workshop, we’ll look at Persian (in translation) and English rubaiyat. We’ll consider what kind of subject matter may suit it, and practise some of the skills it needs. By the end, you’ll have at least one stand-alone rubai, and a short sequence: your own rubaiyat. If you want to start using traditional verse forms, or you just want to expand your repertoire, this workshop is for you.
Saturday 25th November 2017
The Sonnet Sequence
with Jacqueline Saphra
The sonnet sequence is a beast of thing: compulsive, addictive, thrilling, mind-bending, with a momentum all of its own. In this workshop you will face the beast head on, join forces with it, and begin to write a crown or heroic crown of sonnets. Is there a big theme you’d like to tackle in your writing? Here’s your chance to do it justice. Do you dread the blank page? With a sequence, one poem leads to another. Through looking at examples and writing exercises, this workshop will start you off on a journey that will keep your pen moving and your poetic mind inspired for a long, satisfying time.
Both workshops will run from 10:30am to 4:30pm with a break for lunch. The workshops will be held at The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6DX
Please note The Poetry School is providing the venue only – booking must be made in advance through Hercules Editions. The fee for each workshop is £65 / £55 concessions (both workshops can be booked for £105, a £25 saving on the full price). Bookings can be made through PayPal via the Hercules Editions shop.