Bath with Alyson Hallett

Alyson is on a sabbatical at the moment but she will be running more sessions in early 2017. We’ll add the new dates as soon as we have them.

Alyson Hallett
Alyson Hallett

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Alyson Hallett, 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.

Alyson runs one-hour sessions in Bath Library at 1.30pm, 2.30pm, and 3.30pm. £45 for Poetry Society members, £55 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 Alyson has sufficient time to read your poems beforehand.

About Alyson Hallett

Alyson Hallett is a prize-winning poet who has published two full volumes of poetry, The Stone Library (Peterloo Poets), Suddenly Everything (Poetry Salzburg), as well as numerous pamphlets and artist’s books. She has written drama for Radio 4 and Sky television and runs an ongoing international poetry as public art project – The Migration Habits of Stones. Alyson is an Advisory Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund, a Hawthornden Fellow and has tutored for Arvon. In 2010, she was awarded a PhD in poetry. Alyson has held many prestigious residencies and in 2011, she was the country’s first poet-in-residence in a geography department at Exeter University (funded by the Leverhulme Trust). Alyson has collaborated with musicians, artists and dancers and enjoys working with poetry in all forms.

Recent feedback

“That was wonderfully exhilarating and revelatory! Thank you so much for your advice and insight, and for bringing so much careful attention to my poems. I learned so much, and I’ll do my best now to bring what I learned to my writing – the poems you saw, the ones you didn’t and the ones I’m yet to write. I feel I’ve really moved forward in some mysterious way.” – PS, Bristol

“Alyson was very sympathetic to my work and made lots of helpful suggestions and recommendations, which I shall take up. I feel a lot more confident now about taking my poems to the next stage.” – MB, Bath

“I thoroughly enjoyed my session with Alyson.  I was very pleased with her suggestions for improving my writing in general – and things to try and avoid. I now feel much encouraged to do some wider research into the poetry magazine scene, with a view to sending out more of my work.” – RC, Bath

“The workshop with Alyson was truly excellent.  She was helpful, constructive and complimentary too, which was nice. I now feel able to write as I please; she showed me the direction in which I want my poetry to move and gave me the freedom to do it. Her enthusiasm and down to earth attitude were refreshing too. All together a very satisfactory afternoon and one I shall remember.” – PBP, Newquay