Masterclass: The Poetry of Fatherhood

Masterclass: The Poetry of Fatherhood

Zoom Masterclass with Niall Campbell
  • Niall Campbell
Date Friday March 24th 2023, 11:00 - 13:00 GMT
Location Online

Songs of sleeplessness, songs of panic, songs of tenderness. Tiredness can bring down the wall between reality and dreams. In this two-hour masterclass with poet Niall Campbell, we will learn how to write into this between-space. When Niall’s son was born, he came across Zadie Smith’s idea: ‘I write to stop myself sleepwalking through my life’. This became a guiding principle for Niall as he felt called to grab the pen or sit at the laptop and, for as long as tiredness could be resisted, try to jot down and workout what this strange, new moment of life signified.

Over a series of exercises, you will craft your own thoughts and poems on fatherhood and sleeplessness. You’ll look at poetry by other poets who have grappled with similar experiences, and you’ll write this brilliant, individual moment for yourself.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar (11:00-13:00), so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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