Monday, March 1, 2021 - 15:00 to Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 10:00


Jonathan Edwards | Poetry: Poems and People, Residential Course, Garside Retreat

People are the inspiration for so much great poetry. As readers, we are moved by poems which explore the connections between us as humans. And people offer such a rich range of ways into poetry. From the character sketch to the monologue, from the real to the surreal, from poems about historical folk to poems in praise of pop culture figures. The narrative, the lyric, the serious, the comic, the sonnet, the epic – this course will explore a rich range of ways in which we can people our poems, or how we can make poems which are worthy of our people.

The tutor is Jonathan Edwards whose  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 from many other poetry festivals. Jonathan is also the Editor of Poetry Wales.

The guest poet on Wednesday evening will be Jacob Polley who was born and grew up in Cumbria. His fourth book of poems, Jackself, won the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry.

This course will now take place online. For further information and to book visit: