Poetry Workshop

with Richard Scott

Zoom-based interactive workshop: 15 places only

Thursday 15 July 2021, 7 - 9.30pm: £20

Murderous Sharp Saying! Engaging with the moody freshness of Paul Verlaine... 


In this masterclass, we'll be looking at some of Paul Verlaine's most important poems, breaking them down and building them up again to unearth strategies for your own practice. We'll be taking Verlaine to pieces, translating him as ‘unfaithfully’ as possible, and allowing his ideas, tone, structures and syntax to lead you off on your own, perhaps even Symbolist, directions. The event will involve several translation-inspired writing exercises (no knowledge of French is required), allowing the moody freshness and melancholia of Nineteenth Century Paris to transport you to surprising and fresh places. 

This workshop is for anyone who is involved in writing their own poetry and who might want to deepen their practice. 


Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His publications include Soho (Faber & Faber, 2018). Recent works include Woman Peeling Turnips; A Portrait of my Father, an eighteen-part poem written in response to his residency at Southwark Park Galleries and broadcast on Resonance FM; and Glasgow Green Redux, commissioned by The National Poetry Library and The Edwin Morgan Trust to celebrate Edwin Morgan’s centenary. Richard’s poetry has been translated into German and French. He teaches poetry at The Faber Academy. 

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