Learning to sing in a new key: a Hive Poetry Day with Kathryn Bevis

Learning to sing in a new key: A Hive Young Writers poetry day with Kathryn Bevis
Saturday 11th February 10.30am to 4pm (with refreshments & lunch break)
Open to young writers (aged 15 to 30) in South Yorkshire & the nearby

“…like the womb around an embryo”

In the words of poet Tony Hoagland, “In many poems, voice is the mysterious atmosphere that makes it memorable, that holds it together and aloft like the womb around an embryo.”

How do poets find their own voice and then learn to escape it? How do we shapeshift to inhabit other voices, transform ourselves by using the poem as a space to dress up, borrowing the voices of other people, creatures, and objects? And how do we use poetic voice to create intimacy with our readers?

Join prize-winning poet, Kathryn Bevis for this relaxed and playful poetry-writing workshop day, open to young writers at all levels, full of weird and wonderful prompts and games designed to get you thinking (and writing) out of the box.

We’ll discuss a range of poems that are memorable because of the way they use voice, and you’ll leave the session with new music buzzing in your ears, new ways of listening to yourself and the world around you, and plenty of drafts of new poems to draw your readers in. Kathryn will also read from her own work and give tips and tricks on what’s helped her develop as a poet.

Cost: £6 | Booking: info@hivesouthyorkshire.com
Where: Cantor Building, Arundel Street, Sheffield (4 minutes from the train station)

 Kathryn Bevis is a poet and poetry teacher, former Hampshire Poet Laureate, and founder of The Writing School Online. She is the Selected Poet for Magma (the Solitude issue) and her poems have appeared widely in magazines and journals, including: Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland ReviewThe London Magazine, and Mslexia. They have also featured on BBC Radio 4. Kathryn’s poems have won the Poets & Players Competition, the Against the Grain Competition, co-won the Mairtín Crawford Award for Poetry and the Poetry Society Member’s Competition. and won first and second prize in the Second Light Poetry Competition. Kathryn designs and delivers poetry workshops for adults online and in mental health settings, substance-misuse recovery settings, and prisons. Flamingo is her debut pamphlet, published by Seren.