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Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi’s most recent collection is Telling Tales, a Canterbury Tales for the 21st century. She is a Fellow in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University.

My one and only Arvon course was at Lumb Bank. I was taught by Kwame Dawes and Sarah Maguire and the guest was Michael Donaghy (after CK Williams cancelled). I couldn’t have wished for a better set of poets to help me make that leap from stage to page. I already a first raw collection out there, R.A.W., but was becoming more literary and wanted feedback on a sestina project that was eventually published in my second book Transformatrix. Transformatrix enabled me to be one of the 20 Next Generation Poets in 2004. So yes, Arvon was central to that turning point, that eureka moment, when I embraced traditional poetic forms with a contemporary twist.