So this is how we love: Poetry About People with Jonathan Edwards

So this is how we love: Poetry about People
with Jonathan Edwards in collaboration with Hive Young Writers’ Network
Sunday 22 November
1.30pm – 4.15pm (with a break)
£4 / £5 | If you’re outside South Yorkshire: £6 (priority for young writers who entered Hive young writers’ competition 2020)
Email: to book (UPDATE 16/11/2020: this event is now fully booked. If you would like to join the waiting list, please email your details, and you will be notified if any places become available)
Open to writers aged 15 to 25 of any experience (get in touch too if that’s almost you!)

‘So this is how we love – by these doodles’ runs the definition of writing poems in Glyn Maxwell’s wonderful book On Poetry. From Shakespeare to Duffy, many of the best and most emotive poems are written for and about those people the writers love (and sometimes, those they don’t love so much!). Join us for a special Sheaf Poetry Festival Hive masterclass with award-winning Welsh poet, Jonathan Edwards, and be inspired by a wide range of great people-populated poems – exploring what gives them the pulse, the nub, the heart that captures the weird, sad, tender and wonderful aspects of being humans. Jonathan knows a thing or two about writing people, as is evident in his two fabulous award-winning collections. Expect a fun and insightful writing day working with a much-celebrated Welsh poet, and emerge joyous, waving your doodles above your head in triumph!

Jonathan Edwards‘ first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award, and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), also received the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award. His poem about Newport Bridge was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2019, and he has received prizes in the Ledbury Festival International Poetry Competition, the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition and the Cardiff International Poetry Competition. He has read his poems on BBC radio and television and at festivals around the world, recorded them for the Poetry Archive and led workshops in schools, universities and prisons. Jonathan is the editor of Poetry Wales.