Skype with Judy Brown

Judy BrownNow booking for 2020

Drop us a line at membership @ if you would like to set up an ad-hoc session.

Book online by clicking on the link, or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881. Can’t find a suitable date/time? Contact Paul McGrane to see if Judy can set up an ad-hoc session for you.

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis via Skype with poet and tutor Judy Brown, wherever you live and at a date and time of your choosing. The sessions are one hour long.

As part of the booking process, please let us know your preferred date/s and time/s in the ORDER NOTES section of the Checkout page. Judy will then contact you to agree a date and time.

A few weeks before the call, you’ll be asked to email up to 6 poems, or 150 lines maximum. In advance, Judy 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.

£50 for Poetry Society Members, £60 for non members. Poetry Society members should enter MEMBER1 in the Coupon code field to receive a £10 discount.

About Judy Brown

Judy’s second collection, Crowd Sensations (Seren, 2016), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her first collection, Loudness (Seren, 2011), was shortlisted for both the Forward and Fenton Aldeburgh best first collection prizes. During 2013 she was Poet-in-Residence for the Wordsworth Trust at Dove Cottage, where she was one of the judges of the Michael Marks pamphlet award, and wrote One of the Summer People (WT, 2013). In 2014 she was a Gladstone’s Library Writer-in-Residence. Judy has won the Manchester Poetry Prize and the Poetry London Competition and her first pamphlet won the Templar Poetry pamphlet competition. She is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund. Website:

Feedback from Judy’s previous sessions

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed and appreciated my Poetry Surgery with Judy Brown. I was very impressed by the amount of care she had taken in going through my poems, recommending improvements and suggesting writers for me to read. Her approach was very encouraging, engaged and above all constructive – as well as her kind comments, she was also clear about what didn’t work as well as what did. In short, she was wonderful. Thank you very much to you and The Poetry Society for making this valuable service available. – CP

Really enjoyed my Poetry Society Skype Surgery session with Judy. Helpful & inspiring, thank you! – SK

“Judy was great. She was positive, enthusiastic about what she thought was good. She gave what I thought was an accurate critique of the weaknesses in my poems and some very helpful comments about what I could do to correct them.”  – KS 

“This was a very useful session. Judy was very encouraging about the poems but also gave some good editing advice. I thought it was a great service to offer as, for new writers, it can be very difficult to know where to get an independent opinion on your work.” – TK 

“I would like to thank the Poetry Society and Judy Brown for an excellent poetry surgery. It was stimulating and very reassuring, and Judy was most generous with her time. In addition to acquiring many helpful tips for my own work, I enjoyed meeting a poet whose work I had read and liked. It was a most encouraging experience, and one I would recommend to others.” – GR