South West & Online – Alyson Hallett

Alyson Hallett
Alyson Hallett

Location: South West (when Covid conditions allow)

Online: Zoom

Duration: 1hr

Fee: £70 (£60 for Poetry Society Members) – from 1 April 2021

How to book

  • Please book online via the What’s On page
  • Email [email protected] with any queries
  • Poetry Society Members – make sure you pick the lower price option

Next steps

  • Alyson will be in touch with you by phone or email to confirm a date and time.
  • At least two weeks before the session, please email 6 poems, or 150 lines maximum, to her in one Word or PDF document.
  • Add an accompanying note saying 1. why you write poetry, 2. what you hope to do with your writing, 3. what you hope to gain from the session.

About Alyson Hallett

Alyson Hallett’s latest book is LZRD, poems from the Lizard Peninsula, co-authored with Penelope Shuttle (Indigo Dreams). Her pamphlet Toots (Mariscat Press) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks and Callum MacDonald Memorial Awards and chosen by Jackie Kay for a summer read in The Observer. Other books include The Golden Bowl (Potentino Press), The Stone Library (Peterloo Poets), Suddenly Everything (Poetry Salzburg), as well as numerous artist’s books. She has written drama for Radio 4 and Sky television, an essay for Radio 3, and curates an ongoing international poetry as public art project, The Migration Habits of Stones. Alyson teaches at UWE and Falmouth Art School, has tutored for Arvon, is a Hawthornden Fellow and works part time for the Royal Literary Fund. 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.

Feedback from Alyson’s previous sessions

“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

“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