London with Judy Brown

Judy Brown

Booking now for the following dates, 1 hour sessions at 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.45pm, or 5pm. 

Book online by clicking on a link below, or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881. Can’t find a suitable date/time? Contact Paul McGrane to see if Judy can set up an ad-hoc session for you. Judy also runs sessions via Skype.

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Judy Brown, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing and look at strategies for taking your work forward. There will be plenty of time to talk about all those things you need to know about writing, revising and submitting your work.

Judy runs one-hour sessions in The Poetry Cafe, London WC2 – at 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.45pm and 5pm. £60 for Poetry Society Members, £70 for non-members. Book online or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881. Once your session is booked, you will be asked to send up to 6 poems, or 150 lines maximum, in advance, so that Judy has sufficient time to read your poems beforehand.

What they say

“The session was really good. It helped me and a lot, particularly around improving weaker lines and words, and Judy was really kind about my poems. The venue was absolutely perfect and I would recommend the session to other people.” RB

“I found our meeting most enjoyable, and Judy’s thoughts and comments interesting and a challenge. It will help me understand what I perceive as the changing and somewhat chaotic world of modern poetry and its distancing from the values you would expect from someone of my generation.” RH

“Judy came prepared with a reading list of poets that matched my style and it was obvious she had worked through my poems. She broke the ice well with some interesting questions about my poetry and influences. Her comments on my work were really insightful and I was able to make both macro and micro judgements – e.g. she talked about word choice and then also about framing style and layout of the poem. It was really obvious that she had worked hard to understand what I was writing, where I was coming from and what might work well in the future – and I deeply appreciated that.” SG

“The sessions was fantastic, the venue and feed back where good, Judy is honest and clear about what she thinks which is a great help, value for money and I will definitely do it again.” RG

“I found it incredibly helpful. Judy is a very personable lady, and very knowledgeable. I am very thankful for this opportunity and very definitely would recommend Ms Brown. She was excellent. Just what the doctor ordered!” KD

“Judy was easy to talk to and very helpful. Her suggestions and discussion made a difference to those poems. I’d liked them but couldn’t quite put my finger on what wasn’t quite right. I came out feeling renewed!” JS

“I thoroughly enjoyed my Surgery. Judy was very gentle with me. She liked my work and suggested ways of improving the poems I’d submitted. She gave me tips of where to improve/tighten up my language. I have a work programme of improving the poems I submitted.” BC 

About Judy Brown

Judy’s second collection, Crowd Sensations (Seren, 2016), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her first collection, Loudness (Seren, 2011), was shortlisted for both the Forward and Fenton Aldeburgh best first collection prizes. During 2013 she was Poet-in-Residence for the Wordsworth Trust at Dove Cottage, where she was one of the judges of the Michael Marks pamphlet award, and wrote One of the Summer People (WT, 2013). In 2014 she was a Gladstone’s Library Writer-in-Residence. Judy has won the Manchester Poetry Prize and the Poetry London Competition and her first pamphlet won the Templar Poetry pamphlet competition. She is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund. Website: www.judy-brown.co.uk

Feedback from Judy’s previous sessions

“Judy was great. She was positive, enthusiastic about what she thought was good. She gave what I thought was an accurate critique of the weaknesses in my poems and some very helpful comments about what I could do to correct them.”  – K.S, Salford

“This was a very useful session. Judy was very encouraging about the poems but also gave some good editing advice. I thought it was a great service to offer as, for new writers, it can be very difficult to know where to get an independent opinion on your work.” – T.K, Derbyshire

“I would like to thank the Poetry Society and Judy Brown for an excellent poetry surgery in Derby. It was stimulating and very reassuring, and Judy was most generous with her time. In addition to acquiring many helpful tips for my own work, I enjoyed meeting a poet whose work I had read and liked. It was a most encouraging experience, and one I would recommend to others.” – G.R, Derbyshire