Workshops

I am truly excited about poetry and love empowering others to write. I will help you find and develop your poetic voice, a voice that is new, distinct and totally unique to you. You are a key member of the poetry family – come and take your place.

My poetry workshops are fun, stimulating and creative. As an English specialist and teacher with over two decades of experience teaching internationally (Finland) and the UK (England and Wales), I know just how to help you excel and push your writing to the next level. My classes are stress-free, enjoyable and will really motivate you, the poet, to achieve new heights within your writing.

By embracing technology, you can enjoy my workshop from the comfort of your own home, or even your own bed! And there is no need to travel – I come to you via Zoom.

If you prefer to meet ‘in the flesh’ then you can join me later in the year at one of my soon to be announced workshops held at designated venues.

When we write we bare our soul, which is such a brave thing to do. But there is no need to fear this, I am here to help and support you to write your first poem, edit your work and get your poetry published.

Writing poetry has so many benefits and many people find writing to be healing, especially after a major life event. Be like Anne Lister and use writing as your form of release. Anne often said that putting thoughts on paper gave her clarity and peace of mind. After all, if thoughts are on the page, they aren’t in your head.

I love writing poetry and facilitating poetry workshops. My workshops are fuelled by excitement for the word, enthusiasm for poetry, all mixed in with a huge dollop of knowledge about Anne Lister and co.

Come and join me for a journey that will be enlightening, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Series 1
  • Series 2
  • Shibden Hall
  • Young People

Anne Lister Poetry Workshops Series 1

Let’s discuss lesbianism. How does it affect our lives? And how did it affect Anne Lister’s life? Join us as we write poetry, and once more, bring together Anne Lister and the written word.

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Times: 11.00 – 13.00 hrs BST Saturday / 19.00 – 21.00 hrs BST Wednesday

Venue: ONLINE Zoom

Ticket: £20 £10 £5 (Sliding scale)

Available Workshops: (Click to learn more)

Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Wednesday August 25th (19:00 – 21:00 BST)

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Stare at the blank page no longer – be inspired to get creative and write. And let’s use the incredible Anne Lister as our focus and inspirational muse.

These workshops are all about celebrating you and your writing. Whether you’re a new poet or a published poet – come along, this workshop is for you.

In tonight’s workshop we are going to look at Anne’s relationship with one of her long term lovers, Isabella Norcliffe (Tib). Isabella, Anne’s second lover and wealthy heiress of Langton Hall, York, was Anne’s kind of woman. This was a woman who took snuff, drank plenty, travelled, enjoyed country sports and loved Anne with a passion. Her story is one of wealth and heartache, devotion and betrayal.

And in our poetry technique goody bag tonight, we’ll be discussing the use of direct speech and conversation within our writing. It’s a fabulous technique to use and really opens up the poem into something else.

Poetry written by lesbians, as well as extracts from the diaries of Anne Lister will be used as stimulus. I’ll also be sending out a short biography of Isabella Norcliffe prior to the workshop.

Fun writing exercises, guided writing, together with a focus on direct speech, will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

Let’s celebrate you, your writing, and Anne Lister.

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • There are 2 free places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.

As always, any questions at all, just ask.

Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Wednesday September 1st

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Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. Louis l’Amour . Tonight we’ll be turning on our writing tap and letting the words go… And let’s use the incredible Anne Lister as our focus and inspirational muse.

These workshops are all about celebrating you, your writing and our inspirational muse. They’re for you whether you are new to writing or already a published poet.

In tonight’s workshop we will be looking at Anne and her relationship with the love of her life, Mariana Lawton (nee Belcombe). If you thought Romeo and Juliet was tragic, their story is even more so. Money, that great divider and particularly so in 1816, was to become the poison, the dagger, the slayer of their love.

And in our poetry technique goody bag tonight we have Visual Impact. How can we make a poem stand out physically, catch the eye and the tongue? Be prepared to throw out the rule book and be free!

Poetry written by lesbians, as well as extracts from the diaries of Anne Lister, will be used as inspiration. I’ll also send you a short biography of Mariana Lawton (nee Belcombe) before the workshop.

Fun writing exercises, guided writing together with a focus on Visual Impact will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

Let’s celebrate you, your writing, and Anne Lister.

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • There are 2 free places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.

As always, any questions at all, just ask.

Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Saturday September 4th

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I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still. Sylvia Plath Today we will listen to our inner voice, answer its call and write as if our hair is on fire! And let’s use the incredible Anne Lister as our focus and inspirational muse.

These workshops are all about celebrating you, your writing and our inspirational muse. Whether you are new to writing or already a published poet, these workshops are for you.

In today’s workshop we’ll be focusing on the woman herself, Ms Anne Lister. Who was the real Anne Lister? What was life like for a lesbian in early 1800s? Who did Anne really love and why did she leave a trail of broken hearts? Today we will write about love. And anti-love. What is love? How do we define it?

And in our poetic technique goody bag today is Leaps Within Poetry. Let’s look at how leaps in time, place, perspective, action can really make the usual, unusual.

Poetry written by lesbians, as well as extracts from the diaries of Anne Lister, will be used as inspiration. It will be of benefit if you can familiarise yourself with Anne Lister’s diaries and/or the BBC Gentleman Jack TV series.

Fun writing exercises, guided writing together with a focus on Leaps Within Poetry will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

Let’s celebrate you, your writing and Anne Lister.

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • There are 2 free places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.

As always, any questions at all, just ask.

Anne Lister Poetry Workshops Series 2

Bitten by the Anne Lister and Gentleman Jack bug? Can’t quite get her out of your mind and want to know more? Let’s do as Anne did – get it down onto paper.

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Times: 11.30 – 13.30 hrs BST Saturday / 19.00 – 21.00 hrs BST Tuesday

Venue: ONLINE Zoom

Ticket: £20 £10 £5 (Sliding scale)

Available Workshops: (Click to learn more)

Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Saturday October 2nd

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If you’ve just discovered Anne Lister (Gentleman Jack), or have known of Ms Lister for years, be inspired to get creative and write. And let’s use the utterly captivating Anne Lister as our inspirational muse.

These workshops are all about celebrating you, and your writing. Whether you’re just putting pen to paper or already published – come along, this workshop is for you.

In today’s workshop we are going to look at Anne and one of her long-term lovers, Isabella Norcliffe (Tib).

It is 1817, one year after Mariana married Charles Lawton. Tib lost Anne to Mariana when she introduced her lover to her best friend. Now that Mariana was married, Tib hoped she would be back as Anne’s Number 1. Let’s get inside the mind of this wealthy heiress who adored, who never stopped loving, Anne Lister. And what of Anne? Passionate and utterly heartbroken, how did she react?

In our Poetic Technique ‘goody bag’ today we have …. ‘Positive/Negative – Flipping Love’. Let’s focus on love, and our vocabulary for love. The positive merging with the negative, the twists the turns, the choices the decisions. We’ll also play with form, and see how using one clever technique gives real insight into the speaker’s state of mind.

Poetry by women writers, as well as extracts from the diaries of Anne Lister, will be used as our resource material. It will be of benefit if you can familiarise yourself with Anne Lister’s diaries and/or the BBC Gentleman Jack TV series.

Fun writing exercises, guided writing, and exploring the technique ‘Positive/Negative – Flipping Love’, will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

These engaging and exciting workshops are all about celebrating you, your writing, and Anne Lister. Come along and join in!

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • There are 2 pre-Funded places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.
  • Resources sent prior workshop

As always, any questions at all, just ask.

Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Tuesday October 19th

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Anne Lister. A woman who melted many a woman’s heart. And who could resist her? Let’s look at Miss Elizabeth Brown – one of the few who did, as well as the woman herself, Anne Lister.

If you’ve just discovered Anne Lister (Gentleman Jack), or have known of Ms Lister for years, be inspired to get creative and write. And let’s use the utterly captivating Anne Lister as our inspirational muse.

These workshops are all about celebrating you, and your writing. Whether you’re just putting pen to paper or already published – come along, this workshop is for you.

In today’s workshop we are going to look at Miss Elizabeth Brown, a woman who stands out from the crowd. This woman was the focus of Anne’s obsession for over a year. How did she manage to resist? Let’s get inside Miss Brown’s head and see what is going on.

And in our Poetic Technique ‘goody bag’ we have … ‘Crafting imagery and semantic fields’. Let your imagination run riot with visuals and vocabulary choices! We’ll also be playing with semantic fields, and blending them to create unusual, yet surprisingly exact, imagery.

Poetry by women writers, as well as extracts from the diaries of Anne Lister, will be used as our resource material. It will be of benefit if you can familiarise yourself with Anne Lister’s diaries and/or the BBC Gentleman Jack TV series.

Fun writing exercises, guided writing, and exploring the technique of ‘Crafting imagery and semantic fields’, will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

These engaging and exciting workshops are all about celebrating you, your writing, and Anne Lister. Come along and join in!

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • There are 2 pre-Funded places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.
  • Resources sent prior workshop

As always, any questions at all, just ask.

Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Saturday November 6th

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Nantz, the eldest of the Belcombe sisters, was 6 years older than the youngest child, the pretty baby of the family, Mariana. If you’ve just discovered Anne Lister (Gentleman Jack), or have known of Ms Lister for years, be inspired to get creative and write. And let’s use the utterly captivating Anne Lister as our inspirational muse.

These workshops are all about celebrating you, and your writing. Whether you’re just putting pen to paper or already published – come along, this workshop is for you.

In today’s workshop we are going to look at Nantz, (Anne Belcombe). Born in 1785, she was 31 when Mariana married, and 35 when she had the second of her brief affairs with Anne Lister. Here was a woman cast aside from society, deemed to be too old for love, destined for life as a spinster. How did she feel about her young sister Mariana, the one who gained attention from absolutely everyone? And Anne Lister – what did she really think of Nantz? Let’s get inside their heads and find out the truth.

And in our Poetic Technique ‘goody bag’ we have… ‘Writing character through clothes’. Subconsciously we all make assumptions about someone through their clothes. Let’s utilise this skill within our writing and subtly reveal details about both Anne and Nantz’s lives, their vulnerability and reveal what they really think.

Poetry by women writers, as well as extracts from the diaries of Anne Lister, will be our resource material. It will be of benefit if you can familiarise yourself with Anne Lister’s diaries and/or the BBC Gentleman Jack TV series.

Fun writing exercises, guided writing, and exploring the technique of ‘Writing character through clothes’ will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

These engaging and exciting workshops are all about celebrating you, your writing, and Anne Lister. Come along and join in!

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • 2 pre-Funded places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.
  • Resources sent prior workshop

As always, any questions at all, just ask.

Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Tuesday November 23rd

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Anne loved with her whole being, and even more so when in extreme emotional turmoil. In 1820, Anne found herself at a House Party with Isabella, Mary Vallance and Nantz. Be ready for a workshop full of passion and eroticism!

If you’ve just discovered Anne Lister (Gentleman Jack), or have known of Ms Lister for years, be inspired to get creative and write. And let’s use the utterly captivating Anne Lister as our inspirational muse.

These workshops are all about celebrating you, and your writing. Whether you’re just putting pen to paper or already published – come along, this workshop is for you.

In the autumn of 1820 Anne is in tumult, despair, and full of extreme emotion. She cannot get past the fact that Mariana chose gold over her. Anne, above all else, is completely heartbroken. On 5th October Anne went to stay at Langton Hall. She was joining Mary Vallance ( a friend of Isabella) to help console Isabella over the death of her father.In today’s workshop, we are going to look at Anne’s relationship with Mary Vallance.

And in our Poetic Technique ‘goody bag’ today, we have… ‘Line endings’. Where do we end our line and to what effect? Do we want to surprise, or halt, the reader? Or have them run with us? Let’s make our line endings effective and awesome!

Poetry by women writers, as well as extracts from the diaries of Anne Lister, will be used as our resource material. It will be of benefit if you can familiarise yourself with Anne Lister’s diaries and/or the BBC Gentleman Jack TV series.

Fun writing exercises, guided writing, and exploring the technique of ‘Line Endings’, will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

These engaging and exciting workshops are all about celebrating you, your writing, and Anne Lister. Come along and join in!

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • 2 pre-Funded places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.
  • Resources sent prior workshop

As always, any questions at all, just ask.

Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Saturday December 4th

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Sometimes we all need to get away, have a change of scene. And Anne was keen to do more travelling. In July 1822 she set off (with Aunt Ann) to meet fellow lesbians, Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, The Ladies of Llangollen. What happened, who said what, and how did Anne feel?

If you’ve just discovered Anne Lister (Gentleman Jack), or have known of Ms Lister for years, be inspired to get creative and write. And let’s use the utterly captivating Anne Lister as our inspirational muse.

These workshops are all about celebrating you, and your writing. Whether you’re just putting pen to paper or already published – come along, this workshop is for you.

In June 1822 Uncle James made Anne Lister heir to Shibden Hall. Once business was settled, Anne decided to feed her need for travel and to visit The Ladies of Llangollen. She had read about them in a newspaper in 1810, ‘ & longed to see the place ever since.’

Let’s use this visit, and Anne’s thoughts about The Ladies of Llangollen, to stimulate some amazing writing. Who were these two women who were a magnet for visitors, including Wordsworth? And what did Anne think about these fellow lesbians? Was she open with them? Were they with her?

And in today’s Poetic Technique ‘goody bag’ we have… ‘Editing’. In the words of Emily Dickenson, poetry should ‘ Tell the truth, but tell it with a slant’ . But how do we do this effectively? How do we decide between Taste and Judgement? How do we make critical enquiry into our own work? Bring along a poem to edit, or edit the one you’ve created in this workshop.

Poetry by women writers, as well as extracts from the diaries of Anne Lister, will be used as our resource material. It will be of benefit if you can familiarise yourself with Anne Lister’s diaries and/or the BBC Gentleman Jack TV series.

Fun writing exercises, guided writing, and exploring the valuable technique of ‘Editing’, will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

These engaging and exciting workshops are all about celebrating you, your writing, and Anne Lister. Come along and join in!

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • There are 2 pre-Funded places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.
  • Resources sent prior workshop

As always, any questions at all, just ask.

Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Tuesday December 14th

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Highly intelligent and with a constant thirst for knowledge, Anne loved to travel. She set off for Paris in 1824 to explore the city and improve her French. Alas, her French did not greatly improve, but she did improve her love life. Let’s meet Mrs Maria Barlow. Oh la la …

If you’ve just discovered Anne Lister (Gentleman Jack), or have known of Ms Lister for years, be inspired to get creative and write. And let’s use the utterly captivating Anne Lister as our inspirational muse.

These workshops are all about celebrating you, and your writing. Whether you’re just putting pen to paper or already published – come along, this workshop is for you.

In today’s workshop we are off to Paris! Anne lodged in Mme de Boyve’s pension, Paris. Also there was Mrs Maria Barlow, widow. And although often the centre of Anne’s attention, Maria resisted Anne – until that is, they rented an apartment together.

In tonight’s Poetic Technique ‘goody bag’ we have… ‘Surprises in poetry.’ How do we create surprise in our poetry? Let’s surprise our readers so they’re captivated, engaged and on the edge of their seats!

Poetry by women writers, as well as extracts from the diaries of Anne Lister, will be used as our resource material. It will be of benefit if you can familiarise yourself with Anne Lister’s diaries and/or the BBC Gentleman Jack TV series.

Fun writing exercises, guided writing, and exploring the technique of ‘Surprises in poetry’, will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

These engaging and exciting workshops are all about celebrating you, your writing, and Anne Lister. Come along and join in!

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • 2 pre-Funded places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.
  • Resources sent prior workshop

As always, any questions at all, just ask.

Anne Lister Poetry Workshops In Conjunction With Shibden Hall

If you are slightly in love, or even obsessed, with Anne Lister, and want to know more about this inspiring woman, come to her home town, tread in her steps and write. Spill it out onto the page, just as Anne did…

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Time: 10.30 – 15.00 hrs BST (Sunday/Tuesday)

Venue: Banfield Museum Halifax Link Gallery, Halifax

Ticket: £15 (£12.50 concessions)

Workshop dates to be announced soon

Young People – Anne Lister Poetry Workshops

If you’re 18 or under, fascinated by Anne Lister, itching to write but maybe not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. These online workshops are just for you.

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Time: 11.00 – 13.00 hrs BST (Sunday/Tuesday)

Venue: ONLINE Zoom

Ticket: £10 £5 £3 (Sliding scale)

Available Workshops: (Click to learn more)

Young People – An Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Tuesday August 10th

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Calling the next generation of writers! You are the poets and novelists of tomorrow so let’s waste no time in getting started. These online poetry workshops are here and they’re for you!

We will be looking at Anne’s diaries as well as a range of poetry to help infuse ideas and inspire exciting new work. Fun writing exercises, guided writing and exploring poetic techniques will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

It will be of benefit if you can familiarise yourself with Anne Lister’s diaries and/or the BBC Gentleman Jack TV series

These engaging and exciting workshops are all about celebrating you, your writing, and Anne Lister.

Come along and join in!

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • There are 2 free places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.

As always, any questions at all, just ask.

Young People – An Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Tuesday August 17th

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Calling the next generation of writers! You are the poets and novelists of tomorrow so let’s waste no time in getting started. These online poetry workshops are here and they’re for you!

We will be looking at Anne’s diaries as well as a range of poetry to help infuse ideas and inspire exciting new work. Fun writing exercises, guided writing and exploring poetic techniques will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

It will be of benefit if you can familiarise yourself with Anne Lister’s diaries and/or the BBC Gentleman Jack TV series

These engaging and exciting workshops are all about celebrating you, your writing, and Anne Lister.

Come along and join in!

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • There are 2 free places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.

As always, any questions at all, just ask.

Young People – An Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Sunday August 22nd

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Calling the next generation of writers! You are the poets and novelists of tomorrow so let’s waste no time in getting started. These online poetry workshops are here and they’re for you!

We will be looking at Anne’s diaries as well as a range of poetry to help infuse ideas and inspire exciting new work. Fun writing exercises, guided writing and exploring poetic techniques will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

It will be of benefit if you can familiarise yourself with Anne Lister’s diaries and/or the BBC Gentleman Jack TV series

These engaging and exciting workshops are all about celebrating you, your writing, and Anne Lister.

Come along and join in!

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • There are 2 free places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.

As always, any questions at all, just ask.

Young People – An Anne Lister Poetry Workshop – Sunday August 29th

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Calling the next generation of writers! You are the poets and novelists of tomorrow so let’s waste no time in getting started. These online poetry workshops are here and they’re for you!

We will be looking at Anne’s diaries as well as a range of poetry to help infuse ideas and inspire exciting new work. Fun writing exercises, guided writing and exploring poetic techniques will support, develop, and really drive your writing forward.

It will be of benefit if you can familiarise yourself with Anne Lister’s diaries and/or the BBC Gentleman Jack TV series

These engaging and exciting workshops are all about celebrating you, your writing, and Anne Lister.

Come along and join in!

  • The poetry workshops will be held online via Zoom.
  • There are 2 free places per workshop. Please contact me in confidence.

As always, any questions at all, just ask.