St Albans with Robert Peake


If no date is showing and you would like to book an ad-hoc meeting with Robert, contact Paul McGrane 020 7420 9881 or membership @ and we’ll liaise with him to see if we can agree a date.

Book online or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881.

Robert Peake 2018
Robert Peake

This is an opportunity to discuss your work one-to-one with Robert Peake, a poet with an international perspective. Robert takes a friendly and sincere approach not only to the poems at hand, but to the development of a poet’s unique themes and approaches, and to strategies for sustaining a rewarding writing practice over time.

Robert runs one-hour sessions in a central location in St. Albans, near to parking, train, and bus links. The venue will be confirmed when you book. 11am, 12.15pm, and 2.15pm. £40 for Poetry Society members, £50 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 six poems, or 150 lines maximum, at least one week in advance, so that Robert has sufficient time to read your poems beforehand.

“Having never done a ‘poetry surgery’ before I was a little apprehensive, but Robert Peake immediately put me at ease. He had done a lot of work on the poems I had sent in advance and helped me to look at them with new eyes. His thoughts and ideas helped me free up my language and inspired me to be braver with the material I had. I felt I was getting into a bit of a rut with my writing but I left this surgery feeling uplifted and encouraged to be unafraid to experiment more. It was one of the best value hours I have spent with a poet who I trust and whose own work I admire. It certainly helps lift a writer’s block.”
-Valerie Morton, author of Mango Tree and Handprints

About Robert Peake

Robert Peake is a British-American poet born in California, now living in Hertfordshire. His collections include Human Shade (Lost Horse Press, USA, 2011), The Silence Teacher (Poetry Salzburg, Austria, 2013), The Knowledge (Nine Arches Press, UK, 2015), and Cyclone (Nine Arches Press, 2018). He founded the Transatlantic Poetry on Air reading series, now in its third year, bringing poets together from around the world for live online readings and conversations. He also collaborates with other artists in the emerging multimedia discipline of poetry-film, and his work has been selected for film festivals in Britain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, and the USA. Robert read poetry at the University of California, Berkeley as a Regents and Chancellor’s Scholar, and in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Pacific University, Oregon. Robert believes that the best educational relationships are congenial and collaborative, and that good teachers never stop learning – including from their students.