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The Power of Rhyme with Mimi Khalvati 23/5/22

In this 1.5-hour masterclass, one of The Verandah’s most favourite teachers and poets, Mimi Khalvati, explores the wonder and power of poetic rhyme. Rhyme is a key component of the poet’s toolbox and one of the most playful and pleasurable elements. This masterclass will help you to use it with finesse and precision, while clarifying the different kinds of rhyme available to the contemporary poet. Using examples, Mimi will also compare different styles of rhyme and look in detail at how they are achieved. She will discuss what governs our choices of rhyme and the consequent effects on our verse and how to negotiate ease and difficulty, disguise and audibility.

Timing and Cost

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

Monday 23rd May

1.5 hours long

Cost £25GBP (it fluctuates a little right now but, under $50AUD with cost effective exchange via STRIPE)

Maximum 22 people

Online on Zoom

About Mimi Khalvati

Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran, Iran, and has lived most of her life in London. She has published nine collections with Carcanet Press, including The Meanest Flower, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2007, Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, and The Weather Wheel, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and a book of the year in The Independent. Her latest book is Afterwardness (2019), a collection of gorgeous sonnets awarded a Poetry Book Society Wild Card and a Sunday Times Book of the Year. Her pamphlet, Earthshine (Smith/Dorstop Books 2013) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and her Very Selected Poems appeared from Smith/Doorstop in 2017. Her awards include a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors, a major Arts Council Writer’s Award, and she is the founder of the Poetry School, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of The English Society. Mimi has mentored countless prize-winners in the UK and is thought of by many high profile poets as simply the poetry teacher today.

From a previous workshops with Mimi:  I just wanted to say a big thank you for the workshop with Mimi. It was so enriching and I learnt so much. It felt that every word Mimi said was poetry! There is such a lot that I have taken from the workshop. Caroline Hadley


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?


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May 23 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 23 2022
  • Time: 5:00 am - 6:30 am




Online (Zoom)
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