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SOLD OUT Short Course: Advanced Poetry II

June 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, on 4, 11, 18, and 24 June and 2 July 2019.

Writing West Midlands office, Zellig, B9 4AT


What gives a poem its interest, as a poem, besides its subject matter?

Any answer to that question leads to the poem’s use of language – of which a poet must be a perpetual student.

Building on the success of the Advanced Poetry course that he ran last year, Dr Gregory Leadbetter will introduce both contemporary and historical poems that invite participants to consider the poet’s use of language in depth, and the ways in which the poet’s craft includes that of a critic and a thinker.

Class time will focus upon guided reading, reflection and discussion, with writing exercises set at the end of each class, based upon techniques or effects considered there, so that new work can be shared the following week.

A course for any writer with an interest in poetry as a fine art, participants will be encouraged to develop their own use of language in relation to the effects they wish to achieve.



Dr Gregory Leadbetter is the author of two poetry collections: The Fetch (Nine Arches Press, 2016) and the pamphlet The Body in the Well (HappenStance Press, 2007). His poems have appeared in The Poetry ReviewPoetry LondonThe NorthMagmaThe Rialto, on BBC Radio 4, And Other Poems, and in CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets (Smith/Doorstop, 2014), as well as other journals and anthologies. His book of literary criticism, Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) won the University English Book Prize 2012, and he has published essays on Wordsworth, Keats, Charles Lamb, and Ted Hughes. He has written radio drama for the BBC, and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013. In 2016 he was Poet in Residence at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival. He currently teaches at Birmingham City University, where he is Reader in Literature and Creative Writing. www.gregoryleadbetter.blogspot.co.uk

Course dates:

Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, on 4, 11, 18, and 24 June and 2 July 2019.

Tea & coffee available (donations welcome) from 6pm in the Members’ Lounge.


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.

Presented in partnership with the Birmingham & Midland Institute.


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