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Welshpool Poetry Festival (out-of-season activities)

Writing Poems and Getting Them Out There – a Five Week Short Course on Zoom

Course Leader: Jonathan Davidson

19:00 – 21:00 GMT, Tuesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th March 2021  

£95 (bursary places available for those of limited means)

Presented by Welshpool Poetry Festival as an ‘out-of-season activity’, this short course will help emerging and established poets develop their poetry whilst also provide them with useful information on how best to get poems read or heard through publication or performance. Meeting for two hours on Zoom across five weekly sessions, we will write and share new work in a relaxed and friendly environment. A selection of wonderful poems will be used as inspiration, along with writing exercises and generous and thoughtful feedback. There will be time to ask questions about all aspects of the poetry world, from entering competitions and reading at open mics to putting together pamphlets and taking on commissions. Participants will receive a useful template for planning their development as poets and a range of other information.

Jonathan Davidson is a poet, writer and literature activist. He lives in the English Midlands but works internationally. His poetry has been widely published and he has also written memoir and criticism. His radio dramas and adaptations have been broadcast by BBC Radios 3 and 4. Much of his work is focussed on how writing – especially poetry – is experienced by readers and listeners. His most recent collection is A Commonplace (Smith|Doorstop, 2020) and was included in both The Morning Star’s and Poetry Wales’ lists of best poetry books of 2020. His previous book, On Poetry (Smith|Doorstop, 2018), a combination of memoir and manual, was included in The Guardian’s Top 10 Books About Creative Writing 2020. He is a Fellow of The English Association.

To reserve a place and for payment details or to request a bursary place please e-mail Pat Edwards, Welshpool Poetry Festival on

Requirements: the course will be run on Zoom so participants will need internet access. Advice on using Zoom will be provided

Places available: 12

Booking deadline: Thursday 25th February 2021

Kendal Poetry Festival, 19th – 28th February, 2021

Hearing Poetry: A Workshop with Jonathan Davidson, 10:00 – 12.00 GMT, Tuesday 23rd February 2021. Tickets: £16.50 (bursaries available)

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Kendal Poetry Festival, 19th – 28th February, 2021

A Commonplace – Poetry, Commentary & Ephemera, 14:00 – 15:00 GMT, Thursday 25th February, 2021. Tickets: £5

Welshpool Poetry Festival, 4th -6th June, 2021

Reading details to be confirmed.

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Past Events and Recordings

Launch of A Commonplace, 2 August 2020

Jonathan was joined for the launch of A Commonplace: Apples, Bricks and other People’s Poems‘ by the poets Sue Brown, Gregory Leadbetter and Jo Bell and by his editor, Peter Sansom. In what turned out to be a not unpleasant 90 minutes, Jonathan and his guests talked widely about poetry and read a few poems. The event also featured audio recordings of two of Jonathan’s poems read by Zoë Chapman and by Mollie Davidson. Jo Bell compared with wit and ruthless timekeeping, the WiFi became upon occasion unstable but Jonathan didn’t, and as far as we know everyone got home safely.

Ó Bhéal Poetry Reading Series Cork, Ireland, July 13, 2020

A virtual event featuring Daragh Breen and Jonathan Davidson

The event will be hosted on Zoom and is limited to 100 people. The session will also live-stream on Ó Bhéal’s facebook page. The link to join the session will be posted on their facebook and twitter pages, no later than 8.15pm on the Monday evening. The session is expected to run for approximately 3 hours.

Nine Arches Press Lunchtime In Conversation, July 6, 2020

Jonathan Davidson talks with Jane Commane about A Commonplace on the Nine Arches YouTube channel.

The Swindon Spring Festival of the Arts and Literature, May 10, 2020

What is your stepping off point into poetry? Do you want to experience poems as truly lived art-forms? Would you like to explore a little more?

Having spent a lifetime seeking ways to release poetry into the wild, by making poetry-theatre performances for the stage and radio, by publishing poetry books and pamphlets, by working with poets in India, Ukraine, the Baltic States, and Central America, and by curating festivals, Jonathan Davidson has had a go.

Now, in his latest book, A Commonplace: Bricks, Apples & Other People’s Poems, he takes this quest a step further. 

Sheaf Mini Digital Poetry Festival Sheffield, May 17, 2020

You might remember that we were planning a poetry festival this weekend…and we’re still going to bring you some amazing poems by some wonderful poets!

On Sunday 17 May, we launched our Sheaf Mini Digital Poetry Festival, sharing a poem every half an hour. 

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