If no dates are showing, or you’d like to book an ad-hoc session, contact Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881.
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 Central 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’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. www.thestonelibrary.com
“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