Ledbury Poetry Residential with Fiona Sampson and David Harsent

Ledbury Poetry Residential  

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Refreshing the Word
In partnership with University of Roehampton Poetry Centre

Monday 26 June – Thursday 29 June 2017

£350 (includes fully catered accommodation for 3 nights)


Poetry expresses the self, captures the world, and gives both poet and reader new ways of seeing. Whether you’re a keen novice or working on your fifteenth collection, and whatever your background, award-winning poets Fiona Sampson and David Harsent will help you take your work to a new level, show how the craft of poetry leads to the art of poetry, and give you new skills and ways of going on to make your future work sing. Four days of workshops, one to one tutorials and readings in a friendly, inspiring working atmosphere and the beautiful setting of Hellens Manor.

Accommodation: Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, Nr. Ledbury HR8 2LY www.hellensmanor.com

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Chloe or Sandra at Ledbury Poetry Festival on 01531 636232 or email admin@poetry-festival.co.uk

Your resident poet:

Fiona Sampson MBE is published in thirty-seven languages and her poetry has won international prizes in the US, India, Macedonia and Bosnia. A Fellow and Council member of the Royal Society of Literature, she’s published twenty-seven books, won the Newdigate Prize, and Cholmondeley Award and received a Hawthornden Fellowship and numerous awards from the Arts Councils of England and Wales and from the Society of Authors as well as a number of commendations from the Poetry Book Society. She has twice been shortlisted for both T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes, held a number of international fellowships and served as judge in international competitions in Ireland, Canada, Bosnia, Slovenia and the UK. She broadcasts and reviews widely; her most recent books are Lyric Cousins: musical form in poetry (EUP, 2016), The Catch (Penguin, 2016) and Limestone Country (Little Toller, 2017). She is Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton.

Your visiting poet:

David Harsent has published nine full collections of poetry and several limited editions, and has received a number of literary awards, including the Eric Gregory Award, the Geoffrey Faber Award, the Cheltenham Festival Prize, two Arts Council Bursaries and a Society of Authors Travel Fellowship. Legion won the Forward Prize for best collection 2005 and was shortlisted for both the Whitbread Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Selected Poems was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Night was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize and the Costa Prize, and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Fire Songs (2012) won the T.S. Eliot Prize. His work in music theatre has involved collaborations with a number of composers, but most often with Harrison Birtwistle, and has been performed at the Royal Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the Proms and on Channel 4 TV. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton.


Ledbury Poetry Residential Timetable

Monday 26 June
2-5 workshop with Fiona Sampson
Evening reading by tutor Fiona Sampson

Tuesday 27 June
10-1 workshop with Fiona Sampson
2-5 workshop with David Harsent
Evening reading by tutor David Harsent

Wednesday 28 June
10-1 workshop with David Harsent
2-5 one to one tutorials with Fiona Sampson
Evening reading by course participants

Thursday 29 June
10-1 final workshop with Fiona Sampson

The course is designed so that everyone ? from highly experienced, published poets to new writers ? can work together at their own pace. Each tutor gives two workshops and a reading of their own work. The small number of participant places available means every course member receives individual attention. There are lots of opportunities to talk informally to both tutors at mealtimes ? and chances to work on personal projects too. We will take maximum advantage of our beautiful surroundings wherever possible; all participants will also have the chance to perform in the course reading.