Teaching the teachers at St Swithun's

Teaching the teachers at St Swithun's

As I”ve said before, one of the most pleasant things about being a couple of years on from my early Hampshire Poet days, is starting to build relationships with certain schools and do repeat visits. In September 2012, Alison Oliver, Head of English at St Swithun”s School in Winchester, invited me to teach an advanced(…)

Finding Your Voices: a poetry workshop

Finding Your Voices: a poetry workshop

Winchester Discovery Centre, Saturday 22nd March 10am – 4pm, £25 (£22.50 concessions) ‘Voice’ is something that poets can worry about a lot. Do you need one? If so, what is it? How can you find it? How do you know when you have found it? Will the one you find be any good?… And so on! This(…)

Dastardly Plots: making plot work in fiction

Dastardly Plots: making plot work in fiction

A workshop at Winchester Discovery Centre Saturday 23rd November. 10am – 4pm, £25 (£22.50 concessions) When you”re learning to write, plotting can be one of the hardest thing to master. In fact, many of my students say plotting is what they most want to learn: how to finish the pieces they”ve started, or maybe get(…)

Writing Without Walls: the ‘West of Waterlooville’ public arts project

Writing Without Walls: the ‘West of Waterlooville’ public arts project

‘West of Waterlooville’ is a huge new housing development taking place in the south-east part of Hampshire, and over the last year and a half I have been involved in the public arts project that went along with it. When I was trying to think what category to put this post in – Creative Writing(…)

Happy Birthday Writing Hampshire – 200 and counting

Happy Birthday Writing Hampshire – 200 and counting

I”ve been having a holiday. I”ve enjoyed my time off: I spent the school holidays working mainly on poems, giving a final polish to old ones, starting a couple of new, and – most exciting – rediscovering some good drafts that I”d utterly forgotten I”d written. Then for the first week of September we spent a(…)