welcome

from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

A spring re-run (as many of you’ve requested) of the Solitary Spaces course that captured experiences of isolation & aloneness — & the positives of silence, solitude, reflection & escape — for so many poets last autumn, & inspired such distinctive writing. Plus individual appraisals, & a Zoom group gathering to share your solitude sequences, see next event on right for details!

Stay safe, & all best wishes,

classes & courses

  • sun 18 apr—sun 30 may, £120: solitary spaces: 6-wk creative-writing workshop series on solitude, with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 14 feb—sun 28 mar, £120: nocturne: a 6-wk creative-writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe
  • mon 25 jan—mon 15 mar: £110 between the lines 6, a new 7-wk critical/craft masterclass with cahal dallat
  • sun 24 jan—sun 7 mar, £120: nocturne: a 6-wk creative-writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe

See full details of classes and workshops

#poetrymondays on Zoom!

  • mon 22 mar, 8pm: dana gioia: reading & in-conversation with cahal dallat (free online event)

See full details of poetry readings

next event

sun 18 apr—sun 30 may, £120: solitary spaces: 6-wk creative-writing workshop series on solitude, with anne-marie fyfe

There is a solitude of space Emily Dickinson

A time to be silent & a time to speak Ecclesiastes

Seclusion, silence, isolation: so often creativity’s spur, but how much do we really speak, in our poems, of the intensity of solitude, its potential for deep reflection, for solace, for the prospect of insights into both an interior universe & the busy outer world from which we find ourselves in retreat, absented from the constant buzz of the everyday & social interaction.

Isolation’s been a key word in the current crisis, but we’ll be exploring the much wider positive (& sometimes negative) implications of being confined, detached, of waiting for both endings & beginnings.

Your Solitary Spaces exercises, images, ideas and inspiration will arrive in your inbox every few days ending with a module on shaping/structuring your solitude poems/sequence in the (fourth) week’s editing. Two weeks later there’ll be a written appraisal of your submitted work, followed by a chance to share your ‘solitary’ work in a Zoom end-of-course wrap-reading!

Numbers limited, e-mail info@coffeehousepoetry.org (not coffpoetry@aol.com) & PayPal booking link will be forwarded if place available.

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