Dubbed the ‘patron saint of poetry’ by a former poet laureate, Roger McGough brings his art, wit and verse to this exciting new evening course. For three sessions, students will learn how to play with language through word games and tricks, patterns, metaphor and imagination. Roger will teach you how to draw on your own experience and originality to write the poetry of your life.

There will be anonymous feedback sessions and a small class of eight students will create a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Roger will perform some of his work and you will be invited to critique and analyse as well as look at other poems from a wide range of poets. Students are welcome to bring any poems they have written, or any books or poems they enjoy.

Roger McGough was awarded an OBE for services to poetry in 1997 and a CBE in 2004. He shot to fame in the 1960s with Lily The Pink, The Scaffold and Yellow Submarine which he helped write for The Beatles.

In his early career, Roger sent Philip Larkin some of his work, whilst they were both at the University of Hull. Larkin said he believed McGough ‘walked an impressionistic tightrope which, though exhilarating, meant that on occasion he fell off.’ Wurkshop invite you to come and join this, now more established tightrope and fall off or balance as you wish, with Wurkshop there to catch you!

The course is suitable for beginners as well as those who have been writing for longer. As the class size is small, Roger will tailor it to suit all levels. His writing style is playful and fun. You are guaranteed to learn and enjoy yourself at the same time.

The cost of the course is £150, and it runs on 20 October, 26 October and 2 November from 7 – 8:30pm. To book a place, please email Wurkshop in Barnes.