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Short Course: Poetry and Parenthood

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Birmingham & Midland Institute

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This 5-week writing workshop will explore themes of parenthood, and how we write about parenthood. Through birth, adoption or fostering, the moment of becoming a parent changes you forever, in a way you cannot predict.

From what we gain by becoming parents, to what we lose – this workshop will explore our subjective experiences as mothers and fathers and shape them into verse.

Writers will distil single moments in ‘parent time’, explore how becoming a parent can change, influence, and strengthen our poetic voices, and explore our children’s voices, and how the conversations between us and them can come alive in the work.

There will be sharing and discussion, alongside intensive writing exercises and feedback.

The short course is for those new to poetry, as well as experienced poets. It is intended for parents with children of all ages, and babes-in-arms (under 6 months) are welcome although the venue is not appropriate for babies who are able to crawl or walk. The venue is not accessible for buggies but you can securely park it on the ground floor.

Biography:

Helen Calcutt is a globally published poet and critic. Her work features in over 40 journals including Poetry Scotland, The London Magazine, The Wales Arts Review, Envoi, and The Times Literary Supplement. Her first pamphlet Sudden Rainfall was published by experimental publishing house Perdika Press. It was shortlisted for the PBS Pamphlet Choice Award, and in 2016 became a Waterstones best-selling collection. Helen’s highly anticipated second book of poems Unable Mother will be published by V Press in March 2018.

Helen reads and performs her work internationally – notably for Poetry International , Andrew Motion’s Poetry By Heart, N.A.W.E, and The Poetry Society. She has taken on writing residences with The National Trust, and Loughborough University, where she is also a visiting lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing. Helen is a qualified dance artist, as well as a poet.


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Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, on 30 January, 6, 13, 20 and 27 February 2018.


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

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