Saturday 7 November 11:00 am - Saturday 5 December 1:00 pm

This five-week short course offers guidance in crafting poems that really connect with readers alongside advice and insight into the poetry sector and how to get published. Led by the experienced poet Jonathan Davidson, who has spent many years advising writers on sustaining their creative careers, there will be opportunities to sharpen-up existing poems, write new pieces of poetry and create a personal plan for finding opportunities to be published and to share poems in other ways.

The course will run on consecutive Saturdays from 7th November to 5th December 2020, 11 am – 1 pm.

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to ongoing Government guidance and changing restrictions, we have taken the decision to run this course online, via Zoom. You will be emailed the sessions links ahead of time after you have made the booking. 

You can purchase a copy of Jonathan’s latest collection, A Commomplace, here.



This course is competitively priced in order to open access as widely as possible. A limited number of bursary places are available and will be allocated according to an assessment of need. For more information, please email Find out more about concessions and bursary places,here.


Jonathan Davidson won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 1990 and his first collection of poetry, The Living Room, was published by Arc Publications in 1994. He has since published many books of poetry and poetry pamphlets, most recently his combination of memoir and criticism, On Poetry (Smith|Doorstop, 2018) and A Commonplace (Smith|Doorstop, 2020).

He is also a radio dramatist, with eight radio plays broadcast on BBC Radio Three and Radio Four, along with radio adaptations of Geoffrey Hill’s Mercian Hymns and W.S.Graham’s The Nightfishing on BBC Radio Three. He has produced six poetry-theatre works, his most recent touring shows were The Hundred Years’ War (touring in 2014/15) and Towards the Water’s Edge (touring in 2016/17), both co-productions with Bloodaxe Books and the Belgrade Theatre Coventry.


Photo credit: Lee Allen