Monday 3 August 11:00 am - Sunday 9 August 5:00 pm

In August, we are offering four talented promising poets one-to-one writers’ surgeries with poet Julia Copus during the week of 3rd – 9th August 2020.

To apply for one of these sessions, please submit 2 poems with a maximum combined line count of 30 lines alongside a 200 word statement (preferably in Word document or PDF format) outlining what you are working on and what you hope to gain from a one-to-one surgery session to by no later than 5pm on Friday 10th July 2020.

Julia will offer one-to-one feedback which will help you hone your craft, discuss your work-in-progress and consider possible next steps for your writing journey.

Four selected poets will be invited to submit a final writing sample of up to 4 poems with a maximum combined line count of 60 lines for Julia to review ahead of the one-to-one. You will then have the opportunity to book a slot during the week of 3rd – 9th August 2020 at a time convenient to both parties.


Julia Copus is a poet and children’s author. She has published four collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Girlhood (Faber & Faber 2019), and is the editor of Life Support: 100 Poems to Reach for on Dark Nights (Head of Zeus, 2019). Her debut collection, The Shuttered Eye, appeared from Bloodaxe in 1995, when she was 25, and contained the first of several ‘specular’ poems, a form she pioneered in which the second half of the poem is an exact mirror of the first, using the same lines but in reverse order. Her awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (2010) for ‘An Easy Passage’. Faber also publishes her rhyming picture books for children, which include The Shrew That Flew (2016) and My Bed is an Air Balloon (2018). In 2018, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.