VERVE 2022 – Workshops

This year, we’re committed to making our workshops remotely accessible, with four online places on each. Participants will be sent digital materials in advance and connect to our poets in the Hippodrome via a Zoom call. In-person tickets will be available on the Hippodrome website and tickets for remote attendance will be available on Eventbrite will be available from 29th November 2021.

February 2022
Feb 18
18 February 2022
Scarlett Ward Workshop: Space & space - the infinity of a blank page
Workshop Room 1,

1:00pm - 3:00pm How can we as poets approach the examination of ‘Space,’ as in the galactic, and ‘space’ which occupies the small gaps or silences in between the spoken […]

£12.50 – £16.50
Feb 18
18 February 2022
Naush Sabah Workshop: Epistolary Poems By Hand
Workshop Room 2,

1:30pm - 3:30pm If your poems were letters, who would you write to? In this workshop we’ll read epistolary poems from across the ages and write our own—to an audience […]

£12.50 – £16.50
Feb 18
18 February 2022
Jasmine Gardosi Workshop: ‘Performing your poetry with Jasmine Gardosi’
Workshop Room 1,

3:30pm - 5:30pm Jasmine will take you through a variety of exercises to help you bring out the best in your poems through performance. No two poets perform the same, […]

£12.50 – £16.50
Feb 18
18 February 2022
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan Workshop: Writing as Resistance
Workshop Room 2,

4:00pm - 6:00pm In this time of worldwide violence, oppression, capitalism, racism, misogyny, militarism and more, resistance feels urgent and necessary, but it can also be difficult and overwhelming to […]

£12.50 – £16.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Liz Berry Workshop: The Poetry of Amulets
Workshop Room 1,

9:30am - 11:30am “To love is the great amulet that makes this world a garden.” – Robert Louis Stevenson. How might we use poems – those we love and those […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Natalie Linh Bolderston Workshop: Fragmentation and Reconstruction
Workshop Room 2,

10:00am - 12:00pm Using the poems she entered for the 2020 Women Poets’ Prize as a base, Natalie Linh Bolderston will provide an insight into her writing process and how […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Jo Bell Workshop: Straight To The Point
Workshop Room 1,

12:00pm - 2:00pm In an intensive, lively two-hour session, poetry dynamo Jo Bell (Kith, How To Be A Poet) presents surefire techniques to correct common weaknesses in poetry. Make your […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Fiona Benson Workshop: Magical Thinking
Workshop Room 2,

12:30pm - 2:30pm In this workshop we will delve into our own personal treasure troves of magical thinking – excavating superstitions and superstitious sayings, folk tales that are meaningful to […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Jack Underwood Workshop: Not Understanding Poetry
Workshop Room 1,

2:30pm - 4:30pm Who has ever fallen in love with a poem because they understood it? Poetry is often spoken about as something inaccessible, obscure, difficult to understand, or nonsensical, […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Leo Boix Poetry Translation Workshop
Workshop Room 2,

3:00pm - 5:00pm Join poet and translator Leo Boix for a creative translation workshop on the Spanish poetry of Argentinian writer Diana Bellessi. During the session you will work as […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Jo Flynn / For Books' Sake Workshop: Writing your Intuition
Workshop Room 1,

10:00am - 12:00pm Join For Books’ Sake for a creative writing workshop inspired by intuition, meditation and tarot. We’ll be using imagery and poetry to get writing with confidence, although […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Kostya Tsolakis Workshop: Let’s Get Classical! Responding to Greek and Roman Poetry
Workshop Room 2,

10:30am - 12:30pm Love Sappho, Ovid and Catullus? So does Kostya Tsolakis! In this workshop, Kostya – editor of harana poetry, the online magazine for poets writing in English as […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Kim Moore Workshop: One Train May Hide Another Train
Workshop Room 1,

12:30pm - 2:30pm Taking inspiration from Kenneth Koch’s poem of the same name – during this workshop we will examine hidden-ness, misdirection and disappearing in poetry. We will look at […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Pascale Petit Workshop: The New Nature Poetry
Workshop Room 2,

1:00pm - 3:00pm Climate change is urgent and poets are seeking new approaches to nature writing, ways which are not always white-centric. We can no longer reliably portray the natural […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Caroline Bird Workshop: The 'I' in Poetry
Workshop Room 1,

  3:00pm - 5:00pm "I am not the “I” in my poems. “I” is the net I try to pull me in with." – Toi Derricotte. Who are you? Who […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Kat Lyons Workshop: Reconnecting With The Body
Workshop Room 2,

  3:30pm - 5:30pm Our bodies are often a site of conflict and discontent. This creative writing workshop will focus on nurturing positive re/connection and bringing the corporeal into the […]

£16.50 – £22.50