Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 14:30

Judy Brown & Angela Cleland | Future Playgrounds: an introduction to writing science fiction poetry

Join tutors Judy Brown and Angela Cleland for an online creative workshop focused on writing new science fiction poetry. What poems exist in the future or conditional tense? Can you write the rules for another world? If the moon and stars are dead poetic symbols, how can writers use them? What about all that other stuff hanging around in space’s empty spaces?

In this three hour zoom workshop, we’ll ask what if? We’ll use science fiction as a prism through which to examine our past, present and future concerns. We’ll take inspiration from the science fiction poems that are already out there, engaging in close reading to uncover their workings, and performing writing exercises to open our minds to the possibilities of writing poems in a speculative mode.

You might be a fan of science fiction looking to write some poetry, or a poet looking to broaden your creative horizons. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun in our future playgrounds. All you'll need is a pencil/pen and notebook.

This workshop is limited to ten spaces to ensure that everyone has a chance to share some of what they've written (if they choose to).

There are two tickets available free to poets from marginalised communities, or to low-income participants who feel they would benefit from a place on this workshop but can't afford it right now. Please contact me in confidence using the button at the bottom of the screen.

Tickets: £20. For further information and to book, visit:

About the Tutors:

Judy Brown’s first book, Loudness (Seren, 2011) was shortlisted for the Forward and Aldeburgh prizes for best first collection. Her second, Crowd Sensations (Seren, 2016), was a PBS recommendation and shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize. Judy was Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust in 2013 and a 2014 Writer-in-Residence at Gladstone’s Library. In Summer 2019 she held a creative fellowship collaborating with mathematicians in Exeter University's Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. She has won the Manchester Poetry Prize, the Poetry London Competition and the Templar Pamphlet Competition. She teaches, mentors poets and gives one-to-one poetry surgeries for the Poetry Society.

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Angela Cleland was born in Inverness and grew up in Dingwall by the Cromarty Firth. She studied English Language and Literature at the University of Glasgow, and in 2003 completed a Masters in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, London. Cleland was one of the winners of the 2006 Templar Poetry Prize. Her poetry collections are Waiting to Burn (pamphlet, Templar Poetry, 2006), And in Here the Menagerie (Templar Poetry, 2007) and Room of Thieves (Salt, 2013). She writes science fiction under the name Cleland Smith and her debut novel Sequela was awarded a coveted Kirkus Star and named to the Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013. Cleland has worked as a supermarket store detective, a call centre knowledge engineer, a business analyst in the banking sector and as the development manager for an award-winning elearning company. She provides 1-2-1 poetry tutoring and mentoring services through the Poetry School.

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