Alison loves encouraging others to express themselves through poetry. Author of ‘The Handy Little Book of Tips for Poets’, she’s taught creative writing and poetry writing for 25 years.
I have a particular interest in the dynamics of set form poetry, constructing the sonnet, villanelle, terza rima, and the other 250+ forms. Another speciality is finding and developing ideas, and exercises to pep up the writing process. As a competition winner, organiser and adjudicator, I can offer specialist advice on this important area of the poet's life; and as a professional public speaker I can advise on planning a programme and delivering talks and readings.
Poetry has been at the centre of my life for as long as I can remember - reading it, writing it and writing about it. For me, poetry is a way of making sense of the world around and the universe within. Working on it is rewarding, therapeutic and exciting. I’ve taught creative writing and poetry writing for 25 years, and love encouraging others to express themselves through this powerful medium.
1974 FLCM - Fellowship
London College of Music
1973 LLAM - Licentiateship
1969 ATCL - Associateship
Trinity College, London
BBC Radio Merseyside
1996 - 2001
Selecting poetry for broadcasting in the North West of England, reading poems on air and reviewing books for writers.
Correspondence course tutor
The Writers Bureau, Manchester
1993 - Present
Writing a comprehensive course on poetry and then providing feedback to students on their assignments.
Writers' News/Writing Magazine
1992 - Present
Writing columns on all aspects of poetry.
Southport Arts Centre
1985 - 1996
Providing workshops in all aspects of creative writing and poetry writing to adults and children in an informal, non-vocational setting.
1983 - Present
Teaching creative writing/poetry writing in adult education.
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