Getting inside poetry – three summer Saturdays

2pm on 7 July, 4 August, 1 September
Venue: Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 11 Park Road, B13 8AB
Please book in advance: email

A unique opportunity to enjoy writing (and reading) poetry. Beginners and old hands are very welcome – those of us who think we know what we are doing need a ‘beginner’s mind’ to see the world afresh and to make language new. The plan is to try things out and make mistakes!

Come to one, two or three sessions. If you book two or three sessions, you will also have access to a members’ website where you can share things you’ve written (if you want to) and read extra materials. At the face-to-face sessions, you can bring along a poem of your own to share (or a poem you like), but that is entirely your choice.

“I really enjoyed the workshop. I thought it was very professional, friendly and structured extremely well.” – Saleha Begum

We’ll be drawing inspiration from some poems from the poets in the list below – if the names mean nothing to you it doesn’t matter a scrap. The writing activities may help you to reach parts of your brain you don’t use much!

Poetry can be used to express deep feelings or to have fun with words – or both at the same time. It can be thoughtful or funny, challenging or delightful, straight-talking or tied up in knots.

Usual price per session is £10. If you’re 18-25, it’s £5. If you’re coming to one of my workshops for the first time, it’s £5 for the first one.

Not sure if this is for you? I’m happy to chat about it on the phone – text me or leave me a message on 07952 909804. Or write to It’s fascinating to hear other people’s thoughts on poetry – everyone comes at it from a unique place. I look forward to meeting you!

  • 7th July: Jo Shapcott and Seamus Heaney.
  • 4th August: Helen Ivory and Louis MacNiece.
  • 1st September: Grace Nichols and Luke Kennard.

What they say

“Chris Fewings’ poetry always takes me by surprise. He sees and writes about things from another angle … He puts other eyes in your head,” – David Calcutt, poet, playwright and novelist

“an environment during the workshops themselves and afterwards, that give you confidence to develop your own style in directions that can often surprise you.” – Derek



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