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Breaking the Sonnet Masterclass with Hannah Lowe, 23/6/22

Who better than Hannah Lowe, overall winner of the 2021 prestigious Costa prize for her fabulous book of sonnets, to  show you how to craft or ‘break the sonnet’!

This workshop will consider the contemporary sonnet or ‘little song’ as it translates from the Italian, often described as a ‘box’ because of its visual look and tight formal constraints.

We will read and discuss a range of sonnets by formal sonneteers to sonnet experimenters, looking at how the form may constrain and escape its own parameters.

Participants will be encouraged to write a range of sonnets, breaking the rules as they go.

Timing and Cost

10am UK time // 5pm Perth Australia // Adelaide 6.30pm // Brisbane & Sydney 7pm // Darwin 6.30pm

A useful link for checking other timezones:

Thursday 23rd June

2.5 hours long

Cost £30 GBP (under $60AUD with cost effective exchange via STRIPE)

Maximum 18 people

Online on Zoom

About Hannah Lowe

Hannah Lowe is a poet, memoirist and academic. Her latest book, The Kids, a Poetry Book Society ‘Choice’ for Autumn, won the Costa Poetry Award and the Costa Book of the Year, 2021. Her first poetry collection Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection. In September 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets. Her family memoir Long Time, No See (Periscope, 2015) featured as Radio 4’s Book of the Week. Her second collection, Chan, is published by Bloodaxe. (2016). She has also published four chapbooks: The Hitcher (Rialto 2012); R x (sine wave peak 2013); and Ormonde (Hercules Editions 2014) and The Neighbourhood (Outspoken Press, 2019). Two new chapbook, Old Friends and Rock, Bird, Butterfly! are forthcoming with Hercules Editions. She undertook her AHRC-funded PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and now lectures in Creative Writing at Brunel University.

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.




Jun 23 2022


10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 23 2022
  • Time: 5:00 am - 7:30 am




Online (Zoom)
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