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Inspiration from the Poetry of Michael Donaghy, a masterclass with Don Paterson 16/9/24

Close friend, editor and contemporary, Don Paterson, will lead an in-depth discussion in a small group (max 23, one screen only) on the work of the brilliant poet, Michael Donaghy.  Much loved and admired, Donaghy’s  poetry stands the test of time and rewards with many re-readings. Don Paterson has written a book of short essays on his work and describes Donaghy’s poetry as some of the most powerful, moving and memorable written in the last fifty years

Born in New York, Michael Donaghy moved to London in 1985.  His prizes included the Geoffrey Faber and Cholmondeley awards, the Whitbread and Forward Prizes. He wrote and reviewed for Poetry ReviewPoetryThe New Yorker and The Times Literary Supplement. His poetry influenced a younger generation of poets. Twenty years ago today (16th September), he died suddenly at the height of his craft at only 50 years old.

There will also be writing exercises inspired by the poems discussed.

Timing and Cost

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

A useful link for checking other timezones:

Monday 16th Sept

2.5 hours long

Cost £30GBP (with cost effective exchange via STRIPE)

Online on Zoom

About Don Paterson

Don Paterson is the author of numerous works of poetry and non-fiction; his writing has won many awards, including the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, all three Forward Prizes, and the T. S. Eliot Prize on two occasions. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2009; he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the English Association and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and for many years taught at the University of St Andrews, where he is now Emeritus Professor of Poetry in the School of English. From 1997 to 2022, Paterson was poetry editor at Picador. For most of his life he has also worked as a jazz musician and composer. He lives in Kirriemuir, Scotland. H

Don’s book on the work of Michael Donaghy was published by Pam Macmillan, Smith: A Reader’s Guide to the Poetry of Michael Donaghy.

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Sep 16 2024


10:00 AM - 12:30 AM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 16 2024
  • Time: 5:00 AM - 7:30 PM




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