Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 13:00 to 15:00

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB

Jonathan Edwards | ‘So this is how we love’ – Poems about People, Workshop, Verve Poetry Festival

“So this is how we love – by these doodles”. So runs the definition of writing poems which appears in Glyn Maxwell’s wonderful book On Poetry. From Seamus Heaney’s Follower to Carol Ann Duffy’s Rapture, many of the best and most emotive poems are written for and about those people the writers love. The workshop will begin with a close reading of Simon Armitage’s brilliant poem Not the Furniture Game, as a way of exploring how metaphor can be used effectively in character sketches. By working through a couple of different writing exercises and strategies, participants will work towards writing a poem about someone we love.  Jonathan Edwards‘ latest collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), follows his acclaimed and Costa Book Award for Poetry winning My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren 2014). Tickets £22.50 (concessions £15). For further information and to book visit:   www.bookings.birminghamhippodrome.com