Writing Urban Poetry


Sunday February 11th 2018


Tutor: Katherine Lockton

The Hinsley Building, Westminster Cathedral, Morpeth Terrace, London, SW1P

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Tobias Hill says ‘The city is difficult to write about for the same reasons the sea is difficult to paint – nothing ever stops – it’s all motion and change.’ What is lost when a city changes in what seems like overnight? and what is gained?  This workshop will use meditation to step into the moment the city changes and capture it as we listen, colour, taste, smell and touch our way through the city with Katherine Lockton.

A fun and interactive yet intensive writing workshop. This workshop will examine the works of contemporary poets as well as older poets who write about cities and city life. We will look at questions such as:

  • What is great urban poetry
  • How can the city of London inspire new poetry

We will look at poets such as Tobias Hill, Wordsworth and other poets as we smell, touch and feel our way around London.

Led by publisher and poetry editor Katherine Lockton, the workshop focuses on an in-depth look at both current writers and older voices, what we can learn from their unique styles and use of writing techniques. We will encourage a full exploration of your own strengths and weaknesses and aim to find your own personal poetic voice and focus. The purpose of this workshop is to find and develop your writing and discover the perfect subjects that fit your voice and style while writing about the city.

The workshop focuses on the creation of new material as well as honing your writing skills and participants will come away with a small body of creative work (2 or 3 first drafts.) There is a limited number of places available to ensure that the tutor has ample time to assist each and everyone taking part. All levels of writers are welcome. In addition, homework assignments, with the chance for personal feedback from Katherine, will be given to each participant.