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Exeter Poetry Festival
In Praise Of Brevity
A poetry writing workshop led by Sue Boyle.
In poetry, less is (almost) always more. The poems which sing longest and deepest in our memories are often short, but they are also very often the poems which seem to have the most challenging and abiding things to say. How do good writers achieve this? What magic do they work with words? Could we begin to learn to do the same? A workshop to inspire poets of all persuasions and abilities to discover the power that can be released when their already good writing is pared back to the bone. .
Poet and poetry events organiser Sue Boyle runs regular six-hour Writing Days in Bath which attract writers from across the West Country and are regularly overbooked. Sue’s first collection of poems, Too Late for the Love Hotel, was one of the winners in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition in 2010. Her second, Safe Passage, was published by Oversteps Books in 2015. Her plays have been produced at festivals in Taunton and Torbay. Her poem ‘A Leisure Centre is Also a Temple of Learning’ is a Forward Poem of the Decade. It has been performed by Cerys Matthews and is on the current A Level syllabus. She also programmes the annual World War One Commemoration at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution in Queen Square.