How To Write A Poem

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01Keats And Clare2016073120160806 (R4)

The poet Glyn Maxwell finds himself in a strange village. He has been invited there to teach a poetry masterclass at a literature festival with some impressive names on the line-up. Could that really be John Keats reading in the back room of the pub? Is that John Clare wandering the lanes? Is Emily Dickinson really doing a Q&A in the village hall? And isn't that Lord Byron propping up the bar?

With Glyn are three new poets - Holly Corfield Carr, Victoria Adukwei Bulley and Dominic Fisher - who share their own poems-in-progress. The students put their questions on writing directly to the greats and Glyn shares his own advice on writing better poetry - from facing the blank page and developing ideas, to the intricacies of rhyme, metre, form and line break.

All words spoken by Keats, Clare, Dickinson and Byron are taken verbatim from their poems, letters and diaries.

Written and presented by Glyn Maxwell

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Chris Ledgard

CAST

Barmaid - Sally Phillips

John Keats - Tom Stuart

John Clare - Tom Meeten

Student Poets - Holly Corfield Carr, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Dominic Fisher.

Poet Glyn Maxwell leads a poetry masterclass at a dream literature festival.

02Dickinson And Byron2016080720160813 (R4)

The poet Glyn Maxwell finds himself in a strange village. He has been invited there to teach a poetry masterclass at a literature festival with some impressive names on the line-up. Could that really be John Keats reading in the back room of the pub? Is that John Clare wandering the lanes? Is Emily Dickinson really doing a Q&A in the village hall? And isn't that Lord Byron propping up the bar?

With Glyn are three new poets - Holly Corfield Carr, Victoria Adukwei Bulley and Dominic Fisher - who share their poems-in-progress. The students put their questions on writing directly to the greats and Glyn shares his own advice on writing better poetry - from facing the blank page and developing ideas, to the intricacies of rhyme, meter, form and line break.

All words spoken by Keats, Clare, Dickinson and Byron are taken verbatim from their poems, letters and diaries.

Written and presented by Glyn Maxwell

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Chris Ledgard

CAST

Barmaid - Sally Phillips

Emily Dickinson - Amy Rose

Lord Byron - Adam Harley

Student Poets - Holly Corfield Carr, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Dominic Fisher.

Poet Glyn Maxwell leads a poetry masterclass at a dream literature festival.