How to be a writing tutor

Thanks to the vision and generosity of Jean Sprackland, between 1999-2001 I had the privilege of working with the great … More

The real test of a poem

I was very saddened to learn recently of the death of Michael Baldwin, the novelist, poet, writing tutor and former … More

Lifesaving Poems: Dave Smith’s ‘Reading the Books Our Children Have Written’

I once heard Stephen Knight say ‘If I am reading well then I am writing well.’ It was a Q … More

Lifesaving Poems: Ted Hughes’s ‘Wind’

Just about everyone I know who reads and writes poetry seriously owes a debt of one kind or another to … More

Lifesaving Poems: Michael Donaghy’s ‘Machines’

The most fun I have ever seen a poet have at their own reading (with the possible exception of Jackie … More

Lifesaving Poems: Charles Simic’s ‘My Shoes’

It was the best of times. Jean Sprackland and I were tutoring the dream group at Totleigh Barton for a … More