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

Dive into Poetry: reading & writing poetry

A series of four rewarding online workshops reading, discussing and writing poetry in a small group. You'll receive a themed inspiring batch of poems in advance that we’ll look in depth. ...
09 Jan - 06 Mar
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Online (Zoom)

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

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

Refresh 2022! writing & mindfulness 16/1/22

A journaling & mindfulness workshop to press refresh for 2022! With guided journaling and mindful meditation and, of course, poetry, we’ll reflect on 2021 and what we want to envisage for 2022. ...
16 Jan
Online (Zoom)

Poetry & Mindfulness Uplift – 6 sessions Jan/Feb 2022

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

Poetry mentoring hour with Cath Drake, 17 or 21 Feb

Get invaluable one-to-one feedback on 3-4 poems, encouragement and advice on achieving your poetry goals. This can help you hone your poetry craft more than anything else. Become more aware of your strengths and what aspects you need to work on. ...
17 - 21 Feb
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Online (Zoom)

The Making of a Sonnet with Mimi Khalvati 24/2/22 Last Few Tickets

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)
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