The Verandah

Writing, poetry, mindfulness & creative projects
Online workshops, readings & masterclasses

Pull up a chair on my verandah in the dappled sunlight, one of my favourite places: half inside, half outside, a bridge where some of the best conversations & creativity happen.

New programme 2021/22: Who are We Now? UK and Australia poets exploring courageous connections with our land and people in the 2020s.

Masterclass tutors include Mona Arshi, Malika Booker, Caroline Bird, Mimi Khalvati, Glyn Maxwell, Annie Finch, Dai George, Judith Beveridge, Cath Drake, Paul Hetherington and Cassandra Atherton.

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January 2022

Three new year poetry feedback workshops – Jan/Feb/March 2022 Sold Out

Three monthly online poetry feedback session to polish your poems in the new year. How do you make a good poems really good?  Join a high quality online poetry feedback group to focus on honing your poetry. Receive encouragement, inspiration and constructive feedback, and get your poems ready for submission. ...
10 Jan - 07 Mar

Poetry & Mindfulness Uplift – 6 sessions Jan/Feb 2022 Last Few Tickets

Take time out to recharge your energy and creativity. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and improve well-being, clarity, focus and creativity. I’ve thrown in a sprinkling of poetry and a session of writing together for a weekly uplift! Each session focuses on a theme to spur positive wellbeing, with a prompt for writing. Writing with mindfulness will give your writing a refreshing edge. ...
18 Jan - 22 Feb
Online (Zoom)
February 2022

The Making of a Sonnet with Mimi Khalvati 24/2/22 Sold Out

The Verandah’s most sought after teacher of poetic craft will talk you through the drafts of one of her exquisite sonnets, how she envisaged and edited the poem. She’ll discuss some principles of the Petrarchan sonnet generally and there will be plenty of time for questions. You’ll receive a series of early drafts and the final draft of her poem by email in advance to consider. ...
24 Feb
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Online (Zoom)

Crafting a prize-winning poem with Professor Paul Hetherington 28/2/22

One of The Verandah's favourite teachers, Australian poet Paul Hetherington takes you through his writing process and drafts while honing his superb Bruce Dawe 2021 prize-winning poem, ‘Screen’. He will discuss how he conceived and edited his poem which won a major prize in Australia. ...
28 Feb
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Online (Zoom)
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