Derek Adams :

Poetry readings and poetry writing workshops


phone: 07985 617559


Available for poetry performances from 10 minutes to 60 minutes


Poetry writing workshops offered (1 to 3 hours)

Poetry at Work
poet Derek Adams will lead you through some poems that explore how poets have used their experience of work in their writing and inspire you to write a poem based on your own experience.

Using Cinematic Techniques to improve your Poetry (semi darkened room with screen / plain wallrequired for projection)
We will study scenes from movies and discuss the techniques used by the film makers and see how we can use some of them to write our own poems.

"Personal thanks to Derek, who made me try cinematic techniques in writing which  I hadn't thought of before. Having spent several decades of my life without a television, I thought my woeful ignorance of film might be a handicap, but Derek's talk was so well illustrated that it wasn't a problem." Florence Cox, Chair of Suffolk Poetry Society.
"I really enjoyed your workshop - the best I have attended!  Because you combined the visual with the verbal and used such well-chosen examples, I felt it offered a new away in to writing poetry which chimed with me as I also work in a visual medium." Sara Impey.

Ekphrasis: writing Poetry beyond Art.
The frame of a painting can be the window to another world, step through it with me to explore how you can use art works as a springboard for your own writing. We will use exercises to make your poetry interpret, inhabit and confront a work of art.
"I found the workshop day really enjoyable, in spite of being very apprehensive beforehand and surprised myself by actually managing to respond to the exercises on the day(I'm usually hopeless at producing something to order) so I would like to express my thanks for making it such a relaxed and pleasant experience." Irene James
"Just back from an excellent poetry workshop run by Derek Adams at Gibberd Gardens in Harlow, under Derek's inspired guidance I started two or three promising poems based on sculptures in the gardens." Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, poetry editor of London Grip
"Your exercises were just what were needed to get our creative juices flowing, and the whole day was a delight." Diane Jones

Using Myths and Fairy Tale in your poems
We will look at how poets reinvent the universal stories of myth, legend and fairy tale. Using exercises to try and write your own poem exploring these themes.

Presentations on poetry designed for Bookgroups (1 hour)

30 minute presentation of poems by myself and other poets, with comments on poetic conventions (rhyme, free verse), followed by 30 minutes Q&A.
Choose from the following subjects:
Rivers and canals.