Poetry Workshops

Anne-Marie has taught facilitatory & critical workshops for many years, founded Wordworks at Richmond-upon-Thames College (1993) and founded (& taught for many years) the creative-writing strand of the John Hewitt International Summer School.

Over the years she has developed a portfolio of unique ‘themed workshops’, mostly premiered at the Troubadour and offered to writers’ groups & venues/festivals everywhere. Each of these frequently-oversubscribed ‘themed-workshop’ days allows writers & would-be writers to explore their own experiences of, & imaginative responses to, a chosen theme, through a range of resources & techniques, through examples from literature & the wider culture, through visual imagery & through led exercises, resulting in finished work in each session, & in constructive mutual criticism.

Literature Classes

Some seminar subjects…

  • Emily Dickinson
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Eavan Boland
  • Robert Lowell
  • Anne Sexton
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Seamus Heaney
  • Jane Kenyon
  • Elizabeth Bishop

Theme Titles

Themed-workshop titles include:

  • Journey without Maps
  • Exploring Rooms
  • Stop All The Clocks!
  • Shadows in the Cave (on cinema)
  • The Prose Poem
  • Let it Snow!
  • Relative Values
  • Charting the Heavens
  • Beyond the Sea
  • A Bridge Too Far
  • To Sleep, Perchance
  • Stranger than Fiction
  • An Exaltation of Larks
  • Late Collection (on letters)
  • Sun in an Empty Room (Edward Hopper’s paintings)
  • Late Check-Out (on hotels & motels)
  • The Dark Side
  • The Lure of Libraries
  • Seeing Red!
  • Locked Rooms
  • The Eye of the Storm
  • Going Home
  • Dawning Reality
  • Reflections (on mirrors)
  • Self Portrait
  • The Summer House
  • Brief Encounters (on railways…)
  • The Art of Losing
  • Ocean’s Edge
  • Mapping the Island
  • Winter Journey
  • Fly me to the Moon
  • Writing Space
  • Under my Umbrella
  • Perfume
  • Sounds of Silence
  • Rear Window (on cars)
  • A Life of One’s Own
  • Honey Still For Tea?
  • Behind the Big Top (on circus & carnival)
  • The Overcoat
  • Gloomy Sunday


Festivals and organisations who’ve hosted Anne-Marie’s workshops, talks & poetry classes include:

  • Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, Carmel CA
  • L’Age Baston, Angoulême, Charente
  • Faber Academy, London
  • Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
  • Bath Poetry Caf&#233
  • Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY* Almassera Vella, Relleu, Alicante
  • Place Basse, Caux, Languedoc
  • Chateau Ventenac, Languedoc
  • The Really Big Dream, Montmelard, Burgundy
  • Poetry on the Lake, Orta
  • Ledbury Poetry Festival
  • Marlborough Literature Festival
  • British Library
  • Ohio University, Athens OH
  • Swindon Poets
  • Goldsmiths College
  • Univ. Mississippi, Oxford MS
  • Ballyeamon Barn, Cushendall
  • Boyne Music Festival, Drogheda
  • Let Me Take You to the Island Festival on Rathlin Island
  • North London Collegiate School
  • University of East Anglia
  • Keats House, Hampstead
  • Falmouth Poetry Group
  • Dungannon and Omagh Public Libraries
  • Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea
  • Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana
  • Camden Poets
  • Aspects Irish Literature Festival, Bangor, Co. Down
  • Notre Dame University (London)
  • Univ. Maryland, College Park MD
  • Lyth Arts Centre, Caithness
  • Mendham Writers/Waltham Forest Literary Festival
  • Wallace Collection, London
  • Marlborough Literature Festival
  • Ó Bhéal, Cork
  • Off the Shelf, Sheffield
  • Dulwich College
  • Write-by-the-Sea, St. Ives
  • St. Mary’s University College, Strawberry Hill
  • Tonbridge School
  • Age Concern, London
  • Kingston University
  • Swindon Literary Festival
  • Torbay Poetry Festival
  • Bethlem & Maudsley Hospital School, Beckenham
  • Bluegate Poets, Swindon
  • Hunter College, NY
  • Westchester Poetry Festival, NY
  • Northern Valley Regional High Poetry Festival, NJ
    in addition to Coffee-House Poetry and the John Hewitt International Summer School, plus libraries, prisons, schools & community groups…

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