Residential Poetry Course
9th-14th April 2018


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Tutors: Kim Moore and Helen Mort 
Treloyhan Manor Hotel, Carbis Bay, Saint Ives TR26 2AL

Includes breakfast, three course evening meals, accommodation, workshops and tutorials.
01736 796240

The Unsaid: poetry and breathing space

What can poems say indirectly? What does the writer choose to leave out and why? Can silence be loud? How do successful poems use blank space? How do poets use repetition, interruption or distraction ? On this course, we’ll look at (and challenge) the power of ‘the unsaid’ in writing.  There will be plenty of workshops and time to write your own poems, as well as opportunities for feedback on your work from the group, and a one-to-one tutorial with one of the tutors.  There will also be readings from the tutors and a guest poet will perform mid-week.  The course fee includes workshops, accommodation, breakfast, three course evening meals and a cream tea each day.

Helen Mort has published two collections with Chatto & Windus, Division Street (2013) and No Map Could Show Them (2016). She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School (MMU) and a former Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust. She also writes short stories, drama and fiction. In 2014, she won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection.

Kim Moore’s first collection The Art of Falling was published by Seren in 2015.  A poem from this collection was shortlisted for the Forward Prize.   Her first pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and went on to be shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award and named in The Independent as a Book of the Year.  She is one of five UK poets chosen to take part in Versopolis, a European funded project to bring the work of UK poets to an international audience. She is currently a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University.



Alice Kavounas is a poet as well as creator of the poetry-in-place app, Words in Air. Alice works virtually, from her home on the Lizard, Cornwall, with Seattle-based developer John Kennedy. Words in Air maps a poem’s source of inspiration, enabling you to tap into a poet’s creative spark by pinpointing the landscape of over 100 contemporary and classic poems. ‘Place’ is key to much of Alice’s own work as a poet.

Abandoned Gardens Selected & New Poems, her latest Shearsman collection, follows The Invited, (Sinclair-Stevenson), Thin Ice and Ornament of Asia, (Shearsman).

“Ornament of Asia speaks with disciplined eloquence of familiar territory: the poet’s early years in Manhattan, her current home in Cornwall, her father’s native Greece.” (Natalie Pollard, TLS)

Born in Manhattan to Greek parents, Alice read English Literature at Vassar. She leads a seminar in Penzance, via The Poetry School, London, and is married to British historian Frederick Taylor. Her poems have appeared in The TLS, New England Review / Bread Loaf Quarterly, London Magazine, LRB, Magma, PN Review, broadcast on the BBC and ABC, and included in Out of Fashion (selected by Carol Ann Duffy, Faber), and Accompanied Voices, (selected by John Greening, The Boydell Press). Granta and London Magazine have published her short stories.

“This is visionary poetry of a high order … It’s good to have and hold this volume, the work of a lifetime of trying, as Eliot once said, to ‘purify the dialect of the tribe.’” —Jay Parini

“…Unflinching, engaged, observant, authentic, these poems consider the ways in which exile and displacement, caused by the ruthlessness of historical events, impact on our lives. Nothing could be more relevant at the present moment. These poems of witness are vivid, fearless and memorable. There are also poems of celebration, particularly concerning Cornwall.” —Penelope Shuttle