Poetry With Jen Hadfield and Ryan Van Winkle, Guest Alycia Pirmohamed

Poetry With Jen Hadfield and Ryan Van Winkle, Guest Alycia Pirmohamed

Date(s) - Mon 11th Oct - Sat 16th Oct, 2021
All Day

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

Poetry Now! 

In this engaging course, you’ll create dozens of new poems and develop a sustainable writing practice. Suitable for poets of all levels of confidence, we’ll offer prompts and exercises guaranteed to get your pen moving and keyboards clicking. You’ll explore how active reading of contemporary poetry can become a vital part of your creative practice, and develop your own poetic intuition: enquiring into what makes a poem a poem, how form works, and the role silence may play in poetry. In a supportive creative community, through stimulating exercises and feedback sessions, and plenty of time to yourself to write – Poetry Now! invigorates your own poetic practice: encouraging you to branch out into new voices, styles and forms. This course will endow you with inspiration! 

Jen Hadfield is a poet published by Picador, whose fourth collection The Stone Age explores neurodiversity and is forthcoming with Picador in 2021. She is also working on a collection of essays about Shetland, where she is building a house in Shetland, very slowly.  

Ryan Van Winkle is an author, artist and producer based in Edinburgh. His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation and New Writing Scotland. As a producer at Highlight Arts he has organized festivals and translation workshops in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq and he is the Creative Director of Golden Hour Productions which has been producing innovative live literature experiences since 2006. He was awarded the Jessie Kesson fellowship at Moniack Mhor in 2018.

Alycia Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet based in the UK. She is the author of the pamphlets Hinge (Oxford Brookes’ ignitionpress) and Faces that Fled the Wind (BOAAT Press), as well as Second Memory (Guillemot Press and Baseline Press), a collaborative essay co-authored with Pratyusha. Alycia‘s debut collection, Another Way to Split Water, is forthcoming with YesYes Books and Polygon Books in 2022. She is the co-founder of the Scottish BAME Writers Network and is currently a postdoctoral Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Liverpool, where she is working with the Ledbury Poetry Critics programme. Previously, she received an MFA from the University of Oregon and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. In 2020, Alycia won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Find her online at alycia-pirmohamed and Twitter @a_pirmohamed.

If you want to attend a course with a family member, or someone within your extended household please do let us know and we can arrange use of our former twin rooms. These are available at £600 per person.


Covid Update 19th Aug 2021 (subject to change): Please note, due to Covid-19, all residential courses and retreats at this time will be fully catered, offering delicious and nutritious meals and snacks to allow you to fully immerse yourself in your writing. Prior to your visit with us, we will provide information about our virus mitigation measures and send you our Covid-19 guidance notes.


This course is now fully booked. Please contact us on info@moniackmhor.org.uk or 01463 741 675 to be added to the waiting list.

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