for poetry performances from 10 minutes to 40 minutes
Poetry Cafe Covent
Court. Cabaret Voltaire Colchester. Enfield
Essex Poetry Festival.
The Leigh Folk Festival. Nottingham Poetry Society. The Palace
Theatre (Westcliff). Southend Library. The
Southend Poetry Group.
Club Riga, Westcliff. Sundown (Southend).
Waterstones (Southend). St Benets Church, Blackfriars EC4. Colchester
Arts Centre. Shakespeare
Paris. Oxfam Poetry Series (Marylebone High St). poetrywivenhoe.
Rayleigh Arts Festival. Derwent Poetry Festival. Lumen Poetry
Series. Camden Poetry Series. Ride the Word. I Scream Sunday.
Howl, Poets off the Shelf, More Poerty, Ware Poets, Poetry
Aloud, Sudbury Poets, Dada Invasion London.
Experience poetry writing workshop facilitator
writing workshops provided for :
House and Gallery, The
Lettering Arts Trust, The
Gibberd Garden (Harlow), OU Poets,
Wivenhoe, Essex Book Festival, Poetry Aloud (Bury St
Edmunds), Festival of Suffolk Poetry, Ely Folk Festival, Essex Poetry
Festival, London South Bank University, The Southend Poetry Group.
writing workshops offered (1 hour to whole day 6 hrs inc
break for lunch )
Cinematic Techniques to improve your Poetry (semi
darkened room with screen / plain wall for projection
useful. Available as 2.5/3
hours or 6 hour)
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.
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.
to using Cinematic Techniques to improve your Poetry (semi
darkened room with screen / plain wall for projection useful.
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. Looks at different techniques to the
writing Poetry beyond Art. (this workshop can be
made site specific to suit exhibitions, sculpture gardens,
or public art in a town) Available as 2.5/3
hours or 6 hour.
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
you for an enthralling, engaging and memorable day of
learning, listening, reading and writing poetry. The whole
day was brilliantly planned and organised with clear
objectives and guidance at each stage. The ‘handouts’ were
well composed, relevant and much appreciated.
The choice of poems and Art works were both fascinating and
edifying and I thoroughly enjoyed the snatches of
humour." Sue Foster
"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."
Surrealist Poetry workshop (Available
hours or 6 hour)
Do you desire to embrace the surreal? Does your poetry
feel a little stale?
Whether you are new to writing poetry or an experienced poet,
join us for a fun day that will help release the imagination
of your subconscious and thereby revitalise your writing.
This one-day workshop will introduce you to a variety of
techniques and strategies useful when writing poems inspired
"It was great fun playing the Surrealist games - and
astounding how good some of the results were given the
randomness (is that a word?!) of their creation." Hannah
with a line from...
a look at collaborative writing techniques, and using
another writers words to kick start your own creativeness.
Useful technique to get you past the dreaded writers block!
"I've never been to a poetry work shop before so didn't
know what to expect. Found it very inspiring. The exercises
encouraging experimentation were very good, Thank you."
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 and
prompts to write your own poem exploring these themes.
From Medussa to Myra Hindley, from Frankenstein's creature to
Josef Fritzl, Monsters real and imaginary haunt us personally
and as a society.
exercises and prompts to write your own poem exploring
Weddings and a Funeral.
If you are a poet then you have probably been asked to write a
poem for a wedding, christening or funeral. This workshop
looks at ways to make a poem special for those involved but
also accessible and interesting to other people at the event
without resorting to doggerel.
This workshop explores how poets have used their experience of
work in their writing and will inspire you to write a poem
based on your own experience.
Beauty of Haiku
A short introduction to this small but beautiful Japanese
The Beauty of the Sonnet
A short introduction to this small but beautiful poetry form.
Introduction to Writing Poetry
A short introduction to poetry and poetry writing, suitable
for those that have never written a poem before!
Presentations on poetry designed for Bookgroups (1 hour)
30 minute presentation of poems by myself and other poets,
with comments on poetic conventions (rhyme, form, free verse),
followed by 30 minutes Q&A.
Choose from the following subjects:
Rivers and canals.