Residential Poetry Course

Tutors: Kim Moore and David Tait
Guest Poet: Penelope Shuttle
Treloyhan Manor Hotel, St Ives, 01736 796240
Monday 20th February – Saturday 25th February 2017
£420 to include accommodation, breakfast and evening meal, workshops and readings

Panorama! Poems From Around The World

Are you interested in diving deeper into the wide world of poetry? Well then, come and join us for an internationaltastic course in the wonderful setting of St. Ives, where we will be exploring poetry from across the world to inspire our own work. Expect to be introduced to unfamiliar names, and to discover new and exciting approaches to poetry. We will be joined mid-week by special guest poet, Penelope Shuttle. This course is both suitable for beginners and more experienced writers. Join us for this panoramic view of world poetry, our very own poem-arama!

The course fee includes workshops, accommodation and breakfast and three course evening meal.

Draft Timetable for the week

Monday 20th February
4pm-6pm – Welcome and short writing workshop with David Tait and Kim Moore
Arrivals and Departures
Participants on this course have come from all over the UK to take part and many of you will have spent most of the day travelling.  We’ll be looking at how contemporary poets have written about the excitement of arriving at a new place and looking at the importance of the concept of the journey.  This workshop will also include a brief introduction to the week and will be a chance to ask any questions that you might have about the structure of the course.     

6.30 pmEvening Meal

8pmEvening Reading in the lounge
Bring a favourite poem to share with the group, written by somebody else.

Tuesday 21st  February
10am-1pm – Morning Workshop with David Tait

We Cannot Stop The Rumbling Trains: Contemporary Asian Poetry
In this workshop we’ll hurl ourselves into the exciting poetry of contemporary Asia. Poems by construction workers in the bustling megacities of China contend with slide-reels from Myanmar and protest poems from Thailand. Poets explored will include Zehar Lynn, Alvin Pang, Arthur Sze, Ocean Vuong, Ko Un and Sheng Xing, amongst numerous others.  No haikus allowed.

3pm-5pmAfternoon Workshop with Kim Moore
Double Dutch: Poems from The Netherlands
During this workshop, we’ll be looking at a small snapshot of poetry from The Netherlands.  Toon Tellegen is probably one of the most well-known Dutch poets in the UK, but we’ll be also be looking at some less widely known but equally wonderful poets that deserve to be read and explored.  Come prepared to discover new voices and a fresh way of looking at the world. 

8pm – Poetry Reading in the Lounge with David Tait and Kim Moore

Wednesday 22nd  February
10am-1pm Morning Workshop with Kim Moore
I can hear America Singing: Poems from the United States
In this workshop we’ll look at the exciting world of American poetry.  From explicit odes by Sharon Olds to the elegance of Ruth Stone, we’ll also be looking at the emergence of some new and exciting American poets, using these as inspiration for our own work. 

Afternoon Workshop with David Tait  
Conversations Through An Open Door: Poems from Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe has consistently produced some of the world’s most exciting poetry thoughout the past 100 years: From Anna Swir’s terse descriptive dialogues, to Wislawa Szymborzka and Charles Simic’s accessible scenes of uncanny humour, to Valzhnya Mort’s dark insights on modern living. In this workshop we will look at a number of poems from Eastern Europe, particularly emerging voices, and use these poems as touchstones for our own work.

8pm – Poetry Reading in the lounge with Penelope Shuttle

Thursday 24th  February

10am-1pm – Morning Workshop  with David Tait and Kim Moore
Elizabeth Alexander once wrote “poetry is the human voice… And are we not of interest to each other?” In this workshop we will look at poems from around the world that include words as they were spoken;  reported speech, interesting turns of phrase, accents. We will tap into the music of English in world citizens voices. We will also venture out into gorgeous St Ives to investigate local phrases, getting to the zuggans of the local accent before we gisson and go back upcountry

Free Afternoon – Tutorials Available with David or Kim

8pm –  Poetry Quiz and chance to share work from Morning Workshop

Friday 25th  February

10am – 1pm – Critiquing workshop

3-5pm – Free Afternoon

8pm – Poetry Reading by Course Participants

Saturday 26th  February

Course finishes

To book, please contact the hotel directly on 01736 796240

David Tait was a winner in the 2010 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition with his pamphlet Love’s Loose Ends.  His first full-length collection Self-Portrait with the Happiness was published by Smith/Doorstop in 2014 and was subsequently shortlisted for both the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and The Polari First Book Award.  His most recent pamphlet Three Dragon Day won the 2015 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award.  He lives in Nanjing, China, where he works in Adult Education. He was “House Poet” at Manchester Royal Exchange for the Carol Ann Duffy & Friends poetry series between 2010 – 2013 and is a recipient of an Eric Gregory Award.

Kim Moore’s first pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2011 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition.  The pamphlet went on to be shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award, the Lakeland Book of the Year Award and named in The Independent as a Book of the Year.  Her first full-length collection The Art of Falling was published by Seren in 2015.  A poem from the collection was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Published Poem.  She is a recipient of the Geoffrey Dearmer Award, an Eric Gregory Award and a Northern Writers Award.