On the Edge: poetry residential with Mona Arshi & Ian Duhig Thu 19 – Sun 22 October The Expanse Hotel, Bridlington
The Performance Workshop with Rosie Garland Thu 19 Oct, 3.00pm – 5.00pm Bridlington Library
Bridlington Poetry Festival has brought to the town dozens of the finest poets from around the UK and from abroad over the last eight years, with huge names including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Hollie McNish and Simon Armitage.
At the same time, though, the festival has been dedicated to raising the great poets of tomorrow, with an ongoing programme of workshops and residential courses for locals and aspiring writers from further afield.
This year, the festival is running a weekend residential – On The Edge – led by two of the nation's best-loved poets, Leeds-based Ian Duhig and Mona Arshi, winner of the Forward Prize for best first poetry collection in 2015, who lives and works in London. They're reunited in Bridlington just a month after judging this year's internationally-renowned Forward Prizes for Poetry.
Participants in the residential will gather for a long weekend in Bridlington's Expanse Hotel with its stunning sea-views. They'll spend mornings in group sessions and afternoons in one-to-one meetings with the tutors, with plenty of time to dedicate to their own writing. They'll also be given a free pass to all festival events so they can experience the full range of performances taking place in Bridlington.
Ian Duhig, who has won the Forward Best Poem Prize once and the National Poetry Competition twice, says of the residential, "Meeting on a coastline eroding faster than any other in Europe, the tutors will help you sharpen up your work, finish poems on the edge of completion and learn what is best consigned to the sea."
The residential is described by Antony Dunn, Artistic Director of Bridlington Poetry Festival, as "a wonderfully friendly and supportive environment – a real safe space to experiment and try new things under expert guidance."
This year's festival also features a workshop focusing on performance skills. Aimed primarily at women, The Performance Workshop with Rosie Garland is ideal for anyone who'd like to conquer their nerves about performing their poems in public, and to keep audiences firmly in the palms of their hands.
Organised by For Books' Sake, an organisation which champions women writers of all backgrounds and career levels. Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. She also performs twisted cabaret as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, cabaret chanteuse and mistress of ceremonies. She will also be performing at the festival herself, alongside fellow poets Lisa Luxx, Toria Garbutt – and some of the workshop participants – at Bridlington Contemporary art gallery.
Bridlington Poetry Festival is part of LitUp, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's literature development programme, which includes Beverley Literature Festival.
Places on the residential course and the performance workshop are available now from the LitUp website, www.litup.org.uk/tickets, or by calling the Box Office on 01482 392699 or in person at Beverley Library.