Risks and Reboots with John McCullough

John McCullough: Risks and Reboots: experimenting with poetic theme and form

Wednesday 24th May
18:00 – 20:00

Event Description 

How far do you stretch yourself as a poet? This workshop will encourage you to engage in thematic and formal departures, asking participants to begin poems from a range of surprising angles. We’ll discuss areas like reading and writing outside your comfort zone, experimenting with lines and stanzas, radical editing and techniques concerning composition and research that will help you to steer your writing into new territory.

John McCullough lives in Hove. His third book of poems, Reckless Paper Birds, was published with Penned in the Margins and won the 2020 Hawthornden Prize for Literature as well as being shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. ‘Flower of Sulphur’ was shortlisted for the 2021 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. His fourth collection, Panic Response, was published by Penned in the Margins in 2022 and was a Book of the Year in The Telegraph as well as being included in The Times’ list of Notable New Poetry Books of 2022. John’s other awards include the Polari First Book Prize. He teaches creative writing at the University of Brighton and for organizations including the Arvon Foundation.

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