Writing poetry about people with Jonathan Edwards

‘So this is how we love – by these doodles.’ runs the definition of writing poems in Glyn Maxwell’s wonderful book On Poetry. From Shakespeare to Duffy, many of the best and most emotive poems are written for and about those people the writers’ love (and sometimes, those they don’t love so much!)

Join us for a special Sheaf Poetry Festival Hive masterclass 22nd Nov with award-winning Welsh poet, Jonathan Edwards, and be inspired by a wide range of great people-populated poems – exploring what gives them the pulse, the nub, the heart that captures the weird, sad, tender and wonderful aspects of being humans.

Jonathan knows a thing or two about writing people as is evident in his two fabulous award-winning collections. Expect a fun and insightful writing day working with a much-celebrated Welsh poet, and emerge joyous, waving your doodles above your head in triumph!

So this is how we love:
Writing poetry about people with Jonathan Edwards
Hive in collaboration with Sheaf Poetry Festival

Sunday 22nd Nov: 1.30 – 4.15 (with a break)
Where: Zoom (cameras not nec)
Booking: Kate@hivesouthyorkshire.com
Cost: £5 | If you’re outside of South Yorkshire £6 (Priority for young writers in south Yorkshire)
Open to writers aged 15 to 25 of any experience (get in touch too if that’s almost you!)

Jonathan Edwards’s first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award, and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), also received the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award. His poem about Newport Bridge was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2019, and he has received prizes in the Ledbury Festival International Poetry Competition, the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition and the Cardiff International Poetry Competition. He has read his poems on BBC radio and television and at festivals around the world, recorded them for the Poetry Archive and led workshops in schools, universities and prisons. Jonathan is the editor of Poetry Wales.

The lovely draw are courtesy of: David Lanham