Workshop Sat 25 November 2023

Key Words Poetry Workshops

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Are you thinking of writing or do you already write poetry? Would you like the chance to hone your skills with expert tuition in a small group?

Huddersfield Literature Festival presents a full day of 3 x 2-hour poetry workshops with award-winning poets: Andrew McMillan, Michelle Scally Clarke and Rose Condo. Followed by an optional early evening 'Sharing Session' of your work in a friendly group.

Limited numbers - book early to secure your place. Tickets: £20 (£15 conc) for the day (3 workshops), plus coffee/tea on arrival and during the afternoon break.

Plus 3 x free places available for unwaged/low waged Kirklees residents; to apply, contact Supported by funding from Arts Council England.


Sat 25 November 2023


Large Meeting Room


£15.00 - £20.00


435 minutes

Intermission Duration

45 minutes

Age guidance



Registration 10am-10.30am

10.30am-12.30pm How Things Break - with Andrew McMillan

A look at the different and exciting ways we can control the experience of a poem through where we choose (or not!) to break the line.  A workshop of close reading and discussion, followed by writing. Andrew McMillan has published three poetry collections physical, playtime and pandemonium and has won and been shortlisted for multiple awards. He is Professor of Contemporary Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

1pm-3pm Exploring Self Through Poetry - with Michelle Scally Clarke

An interactive workshop with icebreakers and free writing to encourage you to ‘Clear Out Your Closet’ and make the changes you would like to see in yourself and your work. Through writing, discussion and breath work, you will learn useful techniques to take away with you and new ways of exploring self and allowing your voice to be heard. Michelle Scally Clarke is a Leeds-based poet, author, playwright and creative writing facilitator, whose work has been published in numerous anthologies. She facilitates the 'Clear Out Your Closet' poetry for wellbeing group and is an experienced workshop tutor.

3.15pm-5.15pm Do you see what I see?  Exploring ekphrastic poetry - with Rose Condo

Ekphrastic poetry is a form of writing that vividly describes visual works of art.  Join award-winning poet Rose Condo for a session that will use images of artwork from Yorkshire artists Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth to inspire writing poetry.  Rose Condo is an award-winning Canadian poet, now based in Salford. She has been writing, performing and teaching for over 20 years, and has hosted and won numerous poetry slams. She has published two poetry collections After the Storm and How to Find Where You Belong and has won acclaim and awards for her spoken word shows.

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