Event 10

Workshop with Marvin Thompson: Form and Rhyme

Saturday 15 February 2020

Location: Committee Room

14:00 – 16:00

Do you want to write exciting new poems in a fun and supportive environment? Do you want to play games with words whilst developing your craft? If you do, this workshop is a must. During the workshop, you will unleash the power of rhyme and rhythm. You will also explore traditional forms and new forms, using them to add shape and structure to your wildest imaginings. In addition, there will be lots of opportunities to share ideas with fellow poets. Moreover, there will be a short Q&A in which Marvin will be happy to answer your questions about rhyme and form. 

Marvin Thompson’s debut collection Road Trip (Peepal Tree) is a Poetry Book Society recommendation.

£15, or £10 with concessions (book in advance, limited spaces)   

* It is recommended that you book in advance for this event

Authors and Artists

Marvin Thompson

As a poet of Jamaican heritage, born and raised in north London and now working as a teacher, father of mixed-race children, living in South Wales, Marvin Thompson brings together all those passages of place and time in fresh and revealing ways.

He explores the underbelly of race and empire in uncovering and inventing stories of his father’s time in the British army. He writes with feeling for the post-industrial landscape of south Wales and wonders whether this is a place he can bring up his children–though one should never assume that any of Thompson’s poems are factually true. He uses sonnet, adapted villanelle and sestina sequences to tell utterly contemporary stories.

Thompson has a refreshing, curious and honest eye that transforms and illuminates the everyday into something special and unique, but also a convincing vision of possibility and even of the uplifting. His debut collection Road Trip (Peepal Tree) is a Poetry Book Society recommendation.