Now booking for 2020
This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor John Glenday, wherever you live. John runs one-hour sessions via Skype or FaceTime on a date and time suitable to you. Book online by clicking on a date or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881.
Once you’ve booked, and a few weeks before the call, you’ll be asked to email up to 6 poems, or 150 lines maximum. In advance of the call, John will email you in-depth analysis of your poems with additional notes and comments. During the call, you will have opportunities to discuss strategies for further developing your writing, problems you may be experiencing, and ways to take 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.
Book online or call Paul McGrane 020 7420 9881. £50 for Poetry Society Members, £60 for non-members.
About John Glenday:
John Glenday’s first collection, The Apple Ghost won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and his second, Undark, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Grain (Picador, 2009) was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize. His most recent collection, The Golden Mean won the 2015 Roehampton Poetry Prize.
Feedback from some of John’s previous sessions:
“I’ve just had my session with John and wanted to say how helpful it was, and how grateful I am to him. I found John’s sensitivity and insight, depth of experience, ingenuity and whole approach really useful, not just in terms of the present project, but in the future – my writing will benefit hugely. A big thank you John” RW
“I still find these sessions immensely helpful and interesting – John is really excellent in this role, and I always learn something new from him!” AR
“I had a brilliant and invigorating surgery session with John Glenday. Up front direct and honest – we hit it off straight away. Thank you for connecting us.” SL, Germany
“Just did the most rigorous and encouraging workshop with John Glenday, an incredibly gifted poet and editor. Thank you so much Poetry Society for providing these opportunities.” EH, Ireland
“I had an excellent session with John yesterday which was very helpful” JL, Liverpool
“I just wanted to share how very helpful John was for both sessions I had with him. He sent his feedback in advance of the session, outlining his general comments concerning my poems. He provided very detailed comments during the Skype call. The discussion was focused and in-depth, and extremely valuable for my work” EC, Milton Keynes
“The Poetry Surgery was exceptionally good. John had taken the time to carefully read and comment on my work, he marked up the poems and provided a written commentary on each. He gave very valuable advice and highlighted a couple of issues that has dogged my work for a while. We had a very good chat and I enjoyed his company as much as his instructive observations. It was more than good value for money and I would recommend John anytime.” – DC, Edinburgh
“I enjoyed my session. Excellent advice both on the poems I’d sent and more generally as well.” – CB, York
“I thoroughly enjoyed the poetry session with John. I learned a great deal from our valuable hour together, from the important general discussion and exchange to the nitty-gritty of working through the individual poems. I felt buoyed up, ready to tussle again with some problem lines and believing it is entirely worthwhile to spend time with poetry, reading it, writing it, discussing it. Would I recommend the experience? I already have” – RM, Aberdeen