Day School: In My Own Ink - John Haynes Reads and Discusses his Poetry

Ref: C3741281

When asked to do a course on my own work I was at first doubtful as it seemed to be rather blowing my own trumpet, and at first I declined. I eventually agreed to do this when I thought I could see my way to do using the occasion to share an enthusiasm for poetry and try to communicate what the joy in writing it is - as also sometimes the despair of ever getting in right! So the session will be made up of some discussion of the poetry I grew up with, the different kinds of poetry in circulation at present, the effect on my of living in West Africa for some nineteen years, and the poetry there, and the question of how a poet uses - or whether he/she should use - his own experiences in his work. I'll also touch on the question of obscurity in much contemporary poetry (though not in mine, I hope). .

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

The course will be made up of a reading by Costa Prize winning poet, John Haynes from his own work and from writers who have influenced him

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Criticise some of my poems
  • Understand the kinds of understanding that writing poetry promotes
  • Understand relevant aspects of the present day scene in English language poetry
  • Understand some of the ways of composing in verse form

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You may find it helpful to have looked at one or more of my hooks: Sabon Garii (London Magazine Editions), Letter to Patience (Seren), You (Seren)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School: In My Own Ink - John Haynes Reads and Discusses his Poetry


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