CREATIVITY & collaboration

Lambeth's Poetry School is the place for the aspiring wordsmith

tucked in behind a little run of shop fronts on Lambeth Walk is The Poetry School.

Established in 1997, the school is the place to go if you’ve ever had an interest in learning how to write poetry. Of course you can expect to learn how to compose a sonnet, a sestina or a limerick, but more than that, the Poetry School will introduce you to a community of fellow poets who work together on a range of collaborative projects, such as arranging readings and getting work into print.

According to Julia Bird, Head of Programmes, “The Poetry School welcomes poets of all levels and experience through its doors. Our definition of ‘beginner’ is somebody who is in love with words and wants to learn how to start arranging the best of them into the best order. Anyone with the smallest spark of literary interest can come to one of our sessions and start to develop their talent. We’ve got students of all ages, backgrounds and inclinations. They’re a very supportive bunch.”

The Poetry School is set to begin its new term on 14 September. One of the real joys of their approach to learning is their range of options that can fit around most schedules. You can enrol for a year-long immersion into the technical nuts and bolts of poetry or drop in for a one day session creating poetry based on ‘Wolf Hall’. You can even write food poetry alongside a tasting menu; they have something for everyone with a creative spark, and something for those that want to find one.

So if you think you’re someone who has a certain way with words, why not flex your poetic muscles – Eve Grubin, one of the school’s poet-tutors, has provided a writing prompt for you to have a go at:
Write a list of ten words you think would never appear in a love poem. Now write a love poem using those words.

Details of The Poetry School’s courses and more can be found at

81 Lambeth Walk
SE11 6DX
t: 020 7582 1679

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