First, are you our sort of person? – I, you, they and us poetry workshop with Alan Buckley

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Executive Suite (128), John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Frank O’Hara famously described his work as “I do this I do that” poetry. The free verse lyric, where an “I” shares – in an informal tone of voice – their observations and reflections with the reader, has come to dominate contemporary English language poetry. This workshop will explore how writing in the second and third person, and first person plural, can broaden our range as writers, and enable us to write more deeply into our own experience. The main focus of the day will be on close readings of published poems; rather than generating new material, participants are invited to bring two of their existing poems to be worked on by themselves and others. These should be written in the first person and either early drafts, or poems that the writer is open to radically revising.

Alan Buckley was brought up on Merseyside. He came to Oxford to study English and has lived here ever since. He has had two pamphlets published, Shiver (tall-lighthouse 2009) and The Long Haul (HappenStance 2016). His poems have appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, most recently The Caught Habits of Language and The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. He is a poetry editor at ignitionpress, and a school writer-in-residence for the charity First Story.

Cost: £45 (excluding lunch) and £40 (excluding lunch) for Brookes students and staff.