2348 Poetry with Helen Mort and John Glenday, Guest Reader Marjorie Lotfi

2348 Poetry with Helen Mort and John Glenday, Guest Reader Marjorie Lotfi

Date(s) - Mon 27th Nov - Sat 2nd Dec, 2023
All Day

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT

Bringing it all Together

Now that your work has started appearing in magazines and journals, where do you go from here? This intensive tutored retreat is aimed at poets who are ready to put together a first publication – either pamphlet or full collection. Led by poets Helen Mort and John Glenday, the course will involve a close reading by the tutors of submitted work; in-depth appraisal and advice and extended one-to-one sessions for discussing individual poems and beginning the process of collating a final manuscript. There will be a particular emphasis on writing to a theme, appraising work for its ability to engage with the reader, and developing the poet’s ‘voice’. There will also be ample opportunities for revising existing poems, drafting new work, discovering fresh inspiration and turbocharging your writing life in our idyllic Highland setting.  


Helen Mort is a poet, novelist and creative non-fiction writer from Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Her collections Division Street, No Map Could Show Them and The Illustrated Woman are published by Chatto & Windus. She’s a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and teaches Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has also written and presented for BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3.

John Glenday is the author of four collections. The Apple Ghost (Peterloo Poets 1989) won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and Undark (Peterloo Poets 1995) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Grain (Picador, 2009) was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize. The Golden Mean (Picador 2015) was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Poetry Book of the Year and won the 2015 Roehampton Poetry Prize. His most recent publications are a limited edition artbook in collaboration with Maria Isakova Bennett, mira (Coast to Coast to Coast 2019) and a pamphlet, The Firth (Mariscat Press 2020). His Selected Poems also came out with Picador in 2020. In 2022 he was a judge for both the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year and the Michael Marks Poetry Award.

Marjorie Lotfi is an Iranian-American who has lived in the UK for over 20 years. Her writing considers displacement, home and belonging, particularly relating to the lives of refugees and migrants. She is a winner of the inaugural James Berry Prize, and her first collection The Wrong Person to Ask will be published by Bloodaxe Books in October 2023.  She is a Co-Founder and Director of Open Book, and a Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees for StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival.


The full fee for this course is £650. This includes your accommodation in a single room with shared bathroom, all meals, hot drinks and snacks from Monday afternoon until Saturday morning, and your tuition. For more information about the practicalities of our courses and retreats, please visit our About the Courses page.

A limited number of en-suite rooms are available for a £50 surcharge, and a limited number of Twin Room places are available at a discounted price of £600 per person. When booking a Twin Room place, please tell us in the comments box which gender you are and which gender(s) you are comfortable sharing a room with. This information will remain confidential.

A deposit is required to secure your place, which is non-refundable after a 14-day cooling-off period. The balance payment of £500 is due six weeks before the course begins. If you would like to pay the full amount earlier than this or at the point of booking, please call our booking office on 01463 592 828 or email info@moniackmhor.org.uk.

Please let us know if you have any access requirements, for example a ground floor bedroom and / or access to a wheelchair-accessible shower room. For more information about access to our courses, please visit our Access page.


This event is fully booked. Please email info@moniackmhor.org.uk to be added to the waiting list.

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