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Dive into Poetry: reading & writing poetry, May, June & July

Three sessions of reading and writing together. The most enjoyable way to share and learn poetry is in a regular small group. In the first hour of these workshops we’ll discuss an inspiring themed batch of poems sent in advance with a particular theme. We’ll look in depth at the poems and poetic techniques with expert guidance. The discussions in themselves are rich and life-enhancing.

Then, after a short break, we’ll write together inspired by the poems and share our writing.

These workshops are designed to help you develop a regular poetry reading and writing practice for those relatively new to poetry – but those who have been writing for a while will also find poems to enjoy and rich poetry prompts.

Poetry enriches our lives. It helps us express our shared humanity. Conversations about poetry are some of the most rewarding and enjoyable I’ve ever had.


12th June: Past Invention – how do we find meaning and make new meaning from the past? What we remember matters.  What is left out also matters.

17th July:  We’ll be taking in the Climate of Change Poetry Challenge. Looking at themes around climate change can be difficult, complex, painful, overwhelming to explore on your own – I hope that together it is enjoyable, nurturing, productive.


One session left on 17th July  Cost GBP £27  (cost effective conversion automatically via STRIPE)

Contact me if you have any questions. More sessions to be announced soon.

Time in UK: 10.30am to 1pm

Time in Perth, Australia: 5.30pm to 8pm

Time in Sydney AEST: 7.30pm to 10pm

A useful link for checking other timezones:

2.5hours for each session

maximum 12 people


Australian Cath Drake’s collection ‘The Shaking City’ (Seren Books) was highly commended in the 2020 Forward Prizes, longlisted in the international Laurel Prize and described by TS Eliot winner Philip Gross as ‘a guide to staying clear-eyed, combative and caring in unsettling times.’. It follows ‘Sleeping with Rivers’ which won the Seren/Mslexia poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice. Cath’s prizes include a second in the 2017 Resurgence Poetry School eco-poetry prize (now called Ginkgo) and highly commended in 2019. She teaches writing in the UK, Australia and online. She’s an award-winning journalist and nonfiction writer and also a mindfulness teacher.


… a good poem creates an enchantment … a sudden surge of curiosity, interest, emotion, a momentary spell of heightened awareness, heightened emotional vulnerability, heightened imaginative sensitivity … I try to create a room in which something important is happening, will happen or has happened.
Poet, Dana Gioia


Part of the UK/Australia Season of Culture 2021-22, a major programme of cultural exchange taking place across the two nations. Who are we now? How can we describe, challenge or create new connections with our land and people in the 2020s?


If this event sells out, contact me using this form TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST – I often do draw on the waiting list. Include the name of the workshop




The Dive into Poetry - join us on 17th JULY! ticket sales has ended!


Jul 17 2022


10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 17 2022
  • Time: 5:30 am - 8:00 am




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