The Poetry Masterclass Series
Autumn 2015 - this course has now passed.
The poet must constantly look for new ways to explore and engage with poetry, in order to develop and grow. This series of curated masterclasses, taking place over eight weeks, is designed to encourage the experienced poet to step outside his/her comfort zone through exposure to the working techniques and ideas of practising poets at the top of their game. Each week, a different poet will deliver a masterclass on a theme of their choice. Join Paul Perry, Enda Wyley, Pat Boran, Kevin Higgins, Moyra Donaldson, Peter Sirr, Colm Keegan and Kimberly Campanello, and discover new ways to get to the heart of your work.
Starts: Weds 30 Sept
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Duration: 8 Weeks
Cost: €250/€230 Members
Week 1: 'Not I' with Paul Perry
Wed 30 SEPT • 6.30PM - 8.30PM
In this workshop, you will be introduced to Eliot’s notion of the impersonal in poetry. You will read poems, carry out in-session writing responses, and discuss contemporary poetics. The workshop will be informal and generative. In other words, we will aim to come away with ideas for new work, together with a poetry tool-box to help make radical revisions to your own work and to establish, run and participate in a well run writers’ group.
Week 2: The Sound of a Poem with Peter Sirr
Wed 7 OCT • 6.30PM - 8.30PM
‘Poetry, like music, is to be heard. It deals in sound – long sounds and short sounds, heavy beats and light beats, the tone relations of vowels, the relations of consonants to one another which are like instrumental colour in music’ - Basil Bunting. This interactive session will focus on the noise made by poems. We’ll listen to poems, think about ‘the auditory imagination’, explore the effects of rhythm, rhyme and line, as well as other aspects of the music of poetry.
Wed 14 OCT • 6.30PM - 8.30PM
Knowing where a poem is going is a good thing; not knowing is arguably better. In this session participants will learn to look for unplanned pattern and continuity, and see how recognising it might allow them to revise and open up their own poems.
Wed 21 October • 6.30PM - 8.30PM
‘Writing poems is for me always a discovery; it is also the gradual building of a world.’ Elizabeth Jennings. Join poet Enda Wyley to explore how the gradual building of a world can be successfully achieved in a poem. This interactive session will focus on the work of a wide range of inspiring poets and will also include group discussion and the creation of new writing within the class.
Week 5: Hearing Voices with Moyra Donaldson
Wed 28 OCT • 6.30PM - 8.30PM
This workshop will look at the use of persona in poetry. Using examples from contemporary poets, we will examine how writing in the voice of ‘an other’ can bring fresh perspectives and liberate us to say unexpected things. Participants will spend some time reading the poems, discussing the concept through these examples and then go on to take part in a writing exercise.
Week 6: Satire and the Political World with Kevin Higgins
Wed 4 Nov • 6.30PM - 8.30PM
Kevin Higgins will help participants access the savage side of their sense of humour poetically. Be the issue personal or the perilous state of the world, wit is a weapon with which to arm yourself. Righteous anger so often runs aground on the rocks of its own over earnestness. Kevin will introduce participants to the great satirists such as Dryden, Pope, Swift, and Brecht. Participants should bring along a poem they have written in which they mock something or someone. The subject of said mockery can be as big as Donald Trump’s hair or as tiny as a politician’s imagination.
Week 7: Performing the Word with Colm Keegan
Wed 11 NOV • 6.30PM - 8.30PM
Explore the role of presence, delivery and personna in how modern poets can unlock the hearts of a multitude while still speaking to one reader.
Week 8: Making it New with Kit Fryatt
Wed 18 NOV • 6.30PM - 8.30PM
This session will explore ideas of originality and innovation (and their opposites) in poetry. We'll discuss the way poets use intertextuality, allusion and reference to bring poems into conversation with one another, look at the use of 'found' or non-poetic text in poetry, explore the constraints which produce form and pattern and practice collaborative techniques which challenge certain ideas of authorship.
About the Poets
Paul Perry is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books of poetry including The Drowning of the Saints (Salmon Poetry, 2003), The Orchid Keeper (The Dedalus Press, 2007), and The Last Falcon and Small Ordinance (The Dedalus Press, 2010) which Dermot Bolger described as ‘the work of a singular imagination.’ His latest collection is Gunpowder Valentine: New and Selected Poems.
Enda Wyley has published five books of poetry with Dedalus Press. She has published five collections of poetry with the Dedalus Press: Eating Baby Jesus (1994), Socrates in the Garden (1998), Poems For Breakfast (2004) and To Wake to This (2009). Her most recent collection, Borowed Space, New and Selected Poetry was published in 2014. She is a member of Aosdána.
Pat Boran is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction as well as the popular writers’ handbook, The Portable Creative Writing Workshop. A former presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, he is currently editor/publisher at the Dedalus Press and a member of Aosdána.
Kevin Higgins's first collection of poems The Boy With No Face, was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish Poet. His fourth book, The Ghost In The Lobby, was published by Salmon in 2014. In August 2010 Higgins contributed to an eBook collection of political poems entitled Emergency Verse - Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State edited by Alan Morrison.
Moyra Donaldson is a poet, creative writing facilitator and editor. She is an experienced mentor for those working towards a first collection. Her publishers are Lagan Press, Belfast and Liberties Press, Dublin who published Selected Poems in 2012 and her new collection, The Goose Tree in June 2014. Her poetry has won a number of awards, including the Allingham Award, the National Women's Poetry Competition and the Cuirt New Writing Award.
Peter Sirr latest collection, The Rooms, was published by Gallery Press in 2014. The Thing Is, published by Gallery Press in 2009, was awarded the Michael Hartnett Prize in 2011. He has seven poetry collections published by Gallery Press. A novel for children, Black Wreath, was published by O’Brien Press in 2014. He is a member of Aosdána.
Colm Keegan is a writer and performance poet from Clondalkin, Dublin. In 2011, he was nominated for the Dublin Fringe's 'Little Gem' Award for the play he co-wrote with Stephen James Smith and Kalle Ryan, Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About. He reviews for and contributes material to RTÉ Radio One’s Arena and is currently working on his first novel and a collection of short stories.
Kit Fryatt is a lecturer in English at Mater Dei Institute of Education (DCU) and, with her colleagues, co-ordinates the activities of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies. Kit founded Wurm im apfel, a poetry events series and small press, with Dylan Harris in 2008, and has run it solo and a bit intermittently since 2010. Recent publications include The Co.Durham Miner's Granddaughter's Farewell to the Harlan County Miner's Grandson (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2013)..