March 18th Zoom Workshop – Modern Love Poems with Deborah Finding
The Contemporary Love Poem
We all love a good love poem, but, surely all the love poems have already been written?
How can we find new ways to talk about a topic – a feeling – so omnipresent? And how can we pin down a word that can mean something different to everyone?
Join a workshop with award-winning poet and educator Deborah Finding to find out!
Using examples, Deborah will discuss the approaches taken by contemporary poets, including Jo Bell, Clare Shaw, Carol Ann Duffy, Frank O’Hara and Nazim Hikmet.
With these poems as blueprints and inspiration, Deborah will guide you through a set of exercises to try your hand at the techniques demonstrated by the masters.
You’ll explore unusual metaphors for love and relationships and experiment with leaning into specifics in order to create something that is (perhaps counter-intuitively) more universal.
You will leave this workshop with the first drafts of at least three new poems and will have a chance to share your writing exercises with the group in a relaxed and friendly environment.
March 18th, 2023, at 11:00 GMT
About Deborah Finding
Deborah Finding is a queer feminist writer with a background in academia and activism. Her publications include fourteen poems, The Friday Poem, Demos Rising protest anthology (Fly on the Wall), Spectrum identity anthology (Renard), Under Your Pillow erotic anthology (Victorina) and 2022 Anthology (Live Canon). She has written features and interviews for The Guardian, the Huffington Post and DIVA magazine. She holds a PhD from LSE’s Gender Institute, and has been published widely on gender and popular culture (including by Routledge and in two contributions to IB Tauris’ ‘Reading Cult Television’ book series’).
Deborah won the Write by the Sea Literary Festival 2022 Poetry Competition, was a finalist in the Write Bloody 2022 and Live Canon 2022 competitions, and was commended in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2022. Her debut poetry pamphlet, ‘vigils for dead and dying girls’, will be published by Nine Pens in June 2023.
Originally from the North-East of England, Deborah now lives in London.