Online

Our interactive online courses take place on a networked platform called Campus – where students will be able to take courses and interact with other students within open and closed groups within the platform. 

The interactive online courses will still run as they did previously, with students posting or circulating poems in advance of a two hour live chat session. During the chat session, the tutor and your fellow students post responses to the circulated work.  Each live chat will be archived for you to revisit later. There will also be accompanying groups, both inside and outside the courses, where you can talk to your fellow students in between chats.

Written-feedback based courses don't have a live chat element – discussion of students' poems takes place within a closed group, with an uploaded document of tutor comments at convenient times throughout the course.

Online courses are a great way to connect with other poets around the world, and you don't even have to leave the house. All you need is an internet connection and a computer.

Campus is at www.campus.poetryschool.com

You will need to have easy access to the internet via a broadband connection. 

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24 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Various (see course details for more).
Tutors: Kim Moore, J T Welsch, Harry Man, Holly Corfield Carr, Jen Campbell

A brand new season! Five more of our favourite poets. Five more random exercises. Plunge into the unknown and explore the possibilities of your voice and verse technique with this mystery assortment of poetic delights. Each assignment on 5 Easy Pieces has been uniquely created by one our hand-selected team of tutors, each one aimed at students of all levels. The twist? Your assignments will only be revealed at very last moment, exactly two weeks prior to each live chat. If you’re looking for a variety of stimulating activities to help generate new kinds of poetry or simply fancy putting your poetic wits to test, you need look no further. What secrets will this sweet jar reveal? Will it be a Chocolate Hazelnut Dream, or one of those nasty things with the orange liqueur? There’s only one way to find out…


Please note: Online courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with CAMPUS technical issues, but you need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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17 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Richie McCaffery.
This year, Scotland will vote on its future independence from the United Kingdom at the same time as the centenary of World War I. One of Scotland’s most famous and divisive poets, Hugh MacDiarmid, participated non-violently in that war for the sake of small nations, coming out of the trenches with a renewed interest in Scotland and a belief in its potential as the locus of a literary movement his friend Denis Saurat termed ‘the Scottish Literary Renaissance’. A great polyphony of poetic voices has emerged from Scotland since, impacted by a remarkable century of restless social change and political ferment. This innovative course will explore some of Scotland’s finest poems over the last 100 years, beginning with the poetry of WW1 and the ballad tradition and ending with a crop of young poets writing their best work right now. By looking at four to six poems per decade, per session, you will see that Scotland is anything but small when it comes to its poetry!

This course will be followed next term by ’A History of Scottish Poetry, Part 2'

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/a-century-of-scottish-poetry-part-1/

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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18 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Holly Hopkins.
Geoffrey Hill was the ‘greatest living poet of the English language’ according to Harold Bloom in 1986, and was still the ‘greatest living poet in the English Language’ when reviewed by the Guardian last year. Find out why he’s so praised as we read Mercian Hymns, one of Hill’s most compelling sequences. Hill’s sharp, witty and utterly beguiling sequence centres on King Offa, the 8th Century ruler of Mercia, transported into Hill’s own war-time childhood. The course will take place over five fortnightly online sessions and our reading of 'Mercian Hymns' will be contextualized with additional poems by Hill and his contemporaries. This reading course will also include optional prompts, inspired by Hill’s work, to help you create your own poems.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/a-name-to-conjure-with-reading-mercian-hymns

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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19 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, A B Jackson.
Animals can provide a focus for the outward gaze and the inward gaze: a source of curiosity and wonder in the world at large, or totemic symbols of human fears and desires. In the poetry of animals these two visions often meet and mix. This course will cover five topics: micro-organisms, creatures of the ocean, the parasite and the parasitic cycle, legendary or apocalyptic beasts, and the human or shape-shifting animal. You will write a poem on each of these topics, and some research will be required in order to identify creatures of interest and learn about their habits. You will also take your inspiration from poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Clare Pollard, Jen Hadfield, Sarah Lindsay, D.H. Lawrence, W.B. Yeats, John Burnside, Alexander Hutchison and Robin Robertson.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/animal-magick-real-and-imaginary-beasts/

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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13 May 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Katrina Naomi.
How many ‘selves’ have you got? And is all poetry autobiographical? Come and find out on this interactive course mixing reading and discussion, the generation of new poems, theory, and feedback on your poetry. Each session, Katrina will set a writing exercise that builds on poem examples. You will consider themes such as the nature of memory and truth, persona and the self, gender, ethics - and whether the term ‘confessional’ should be consigned to the bin. You’ll also discuss work by Emily Berry, TedHughes, Antjie Krog, Robert Lowell, Kei Miller, Sharon Olds, Pascale Petit, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Sam Willetts and Yusuf Komunyakaa.


Please note: Online courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with CAMPUS technical issues, but you need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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16 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Kathryn Maris.
In this genre-bending course, you will look at poets, fiction writers, philosophers and psychoanalysts who think and write in fragments, use modes of interruption or whose work simply survives in fragment form. Fortnightly reading and writing assignments will aim to broaden your ideas of what is and isn't a poem, demonstrate the value of omission and the unstated, and suggest new ways of observing yourself and the world, and of communicating those observations. The course will include texts by Sappho, Lydia Davis, Kimiko Hahn, Simone Weil, Adam Phillips, Wallace Stevens, Theodor Adorno, Gertrude Stein, Sam Riviere, Nuar Alsadir, Simon Smith, Anne Carson and others.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/fragments-from-the-thought-to-the-page/

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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15 May 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Claire Trévien.
Poets have always written about place, whether it is the shock of the new or the capturing of the familiar. In this age of globalisation and multiculturalism, how can we, as poets, avoid the pitfalls of poetic tourism and othering while bringing our own unique take to the subject? On this course we will look at different aspects of home: homes lost, homes found, homes unknown. Students will be exposed to a variety of voices who have tackled such topics. This will include poetry in translation and poetry written in a second language, in order to consider how language in itself can or can’t be a home. This course will encourage creative and experimental responses to the concept to find your own way to deal with this always pertinent topic.


Please note: Online courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with CAMPUS technical issues, but you need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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06 May 2014, Advanced, Course, Roddy Lumsden.
Sometimes it seems that the ‘poetic’ has disappeared from poetry. Plain language and prose constructs have come to dominate the art. This course will encourage participants to extend their diction, to revel in the richness of language and to dive head first into the dictionary of language and also into the specialist books and magazines which relate to their personal interests. You will explore what makes an ‘idiolect’, the word choices and phrasing unique to each poet and look at the work of poets such as Amy Clampitt, D A Powell and Ahren Warner who employ rich poetic language which gives their work texture and character.

Please note: Online courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with CAMPUS technical issues, but you need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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Online: Mythopoesis
12 May 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, John Clegg.
‘There is one story, and one story only / That will prove worth your telling’: so wrote Robert Graves, in ‘To Juan at the Winter Solstice’. This course will explore how folktales, myth cycles and other oral literature can provide stimuli and technical possibilities for poets working today. What separates archetypes from clichés, plain from flat language? Close reading and discussion of some less familiar mythic texts, as well as contemporary poetry that takes its bearing from these themes (including works by Ted Hughes, Vasko Popa, Selima Hill, Les Murray and Helen Ivory), will be interspersed with exercises allowing you to employ the stylistic features of myth as prompts for your own writing.


Please note: Online courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with CAMPUS technical issues, but you need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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16 May 2014, Intermediate, Interactive Online Course, Antony Dunn.
Do you have a heap of discarded poems sitting on your sideboard or desktop which just won’t work no matter how many revisions you make? The Poetry School’s online feedback workshops provide a place for the general improvement of your left-for-dead poems, your work in need of refreshment, and your brand new pieces. Bring poems of any size or shape to these sessions for detailed written feedback once a fortnight from a tutor, and general group feedback from fellow students. This group will be especially good for those with a large batch of poems that they are looking to ready for magazine submission.

Please note: Online courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with CAMPUS technical issues, but you need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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17 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, John McCullough.
Do you have a heap of discarded poems which just won’t work no matter how many revisions you make? The Poetry School’s Online Feedback Workshops provide a place for the general improvement of left-for-dead poems in need of resuscitation. Bring poems of any shape or size once a fortnight and receive detailed feedback from your tutor and general advice from fellow students. This course is ideal for those looking to ready poems for magazine submission.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/online-feedback-course-with-john-mccollough

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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16 Sep 2014, Advanced, Interactive Online Course, Karen McCarthy Woolf.
Do you have a heap of discarded poems which just won’t work no matter how many revisions you make? The Poetry School’s Online Feedback Workshops provide a place for the general improvement of left-for-dead poems in need of resuscitation. Bring poems of any shape or size once a fortnight and receive detailed feedback from your tutor and general advice from fellow students. This course is ideal for those looking to ready poems for magazine submission. Recommended for poets at a intermediate / advanced level.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/online-feedback-course-with-karen-mccarthy-woolf

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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22 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Helen Mort.
What’s on your mind? Or rather, what’s in it? Neuroscience is now so popular that some scientists say ‘you are your brain’. Technologies like fMRI have something to tell us about how we look at paintings, why we buy things, how we vote and what we find beautiful. But can the science of the brain inspire new art? This course will look at how poetry often tackles the same fundamental questions as neuroscience about what it means to be human. You will consider themes such as memory, embodiment, synaesthesia and pattern-formation and look at poems that challenge the idea that the brain is confined to the body. You’ll also discuss work by Norman MacCaig, Michael Donaghy, Liz Berry, Paul Muldoon, Andrew Greig and Andrew Waterhouse. The writing exercises will be accessible to everyone and no scientific knowledge is necessary.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/poetry-and-the-brain/

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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05 May 2014, Open to all, Course, Tamar Yoseloff.
‘It’s much easier to consume the visual image than to read something’ said the American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in the 1960s. Now, more than ever, we are surrounded by visual images; on TV and computer screens, in shop windows and in glossy magazines, in art galleries and on billboards. How do you make sense of these overwhelming visual stimuli in words? You’ll look at poetic strategies for creating narratives and metaphors from the images we find around us, and this course will include an online ‘gallery’ as a source for inspiration and writing exercises.

(This is brand new version of 'Poetry and the Visual' with new images and exercises, and can be enjoyed by all students, including those who have taken 'Poetry and the Visual' before).

Please note: Online courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with CAMPUS technical issues, but you need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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23 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Emma Hammond.
In this course you will look at how surrealist writing can create strange new meanings by turning everyday life and language upside down. You will learn how to think anarchically by writing a series of abstract poems using a variety of non-conformist techniques. As well as studying work by poets such as Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll you will also look at less well known work by absurdist writers Daniil Kharms and Alexander Vvedensky, as well as experimental movements such as Flarf that have redefined how we think about poetry. For all its appearance of lightness and frivolity, nonsense is difficult to write. Not making sense is a challenge as we are often taught that making sense is common sense. Nonsense poetry ‘presents the form of meaning while denying us the substance’ and over several weeks you will look at what this meaning is and how to use it to find spontaneity and creativity in our own writing.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/the-noetics-of-nonsense

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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18 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Dai George.
To whom does a poem speak? A poem communicates a single person’s vision of the world, but it can nevertheless reach out and touch other people in powerful and sometimes world-altering ways. In this course you will think about this paradox of communication and consider how it affects a poem’s mode of address. Initially a private act, does poetry condemn itself to solipsism? Conversely, are ‘public’ poems doomed to make crass gestures in plain language? Between these two weighty poles you will read work from a range of poets who seek to position themselves in a wider community of voices. You will consider poems which are intensely private, which engage with others, which both love and loathe particular places, which directly address a public issue, and which are in tension with devotion to a higher cause. Regular writing exercises will help you to experiment with different modes of address, from the confessional to the polemic and the sweet spots in between.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/the-one-and-the-many/

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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15 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Clare Pollard.
Is writing about your child always boring or saccharine? Or can poems about parenthood say important things about love, life and death? Was Cyril Connolly right to claim that ‘there is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall,’ or can children actually be a rich source of inspiration? Each session, you will look at parenthood from a different angle – through pregnancy, identity, language and letting go. We’ll discuss lullabies and Lorca; Sharon Olds’ ‘Brag’ about childbirth and Coleridge’s sleepless nights; Edward Lear’s ‘Dong with a luminous nose’ and the politics of parenting. There will be lots to read and a writing exercise each week to (hopefully) prove Connolly wrong.
   
CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/the-poetry-of-parenthood/

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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15 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Elzbieta Wójcik-Leese.
This is the first in a new series of online courses suitable for international students, as well as those based in the UK. They are the same as our interactive online courses, however there are no live chats (all feedback is written) and the courses can be completed from any time zone.

‘Translating is reading, reading of the best, the most essential kind’, wrote William H. Gass introducing the concept of ‘transreading’. Would you like to read beyond Herbert, Holub, Popa, Šalamun or Szymborska, writing your own translations and independent poems? In this course you will respond to recent work by Central European poets, strengthening your knowledge of other literatures and invigorating your own poetry. You don’t need to speak Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian or Slovenian – all you need is curiosity and a love of anything trans: transmigration, transgression, transfiguration. Every fortnight you will experiment with one ‘rewriting strategy’ (homophonic translation, erasure, annotation, recontextualization) and transform the texts you’ve read into your own versions. Your fifth and final poem will be a ‘straight’ translation from a Polish crib, which will evolve into a collaborative work composed by the whole group.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/transreading-central-europe/

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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23 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Catherine Smith.
When is a poem also a story? It’s been said that short stories often have more in common with poems than novels – the ‘world’ of the short story is self-contained, every word must pull its weight, structured imagery is used to powerful effect. So how can we as poets think about an unfolding ‘plot’ in our poems? In this course, you’ll look at what it means to write ‘narrative poetry’ – whether that means a poem that follows a narrative arc (complication, crisis, resolution) or a poem where narrative ‘devices’ are consciously employed. We’ll look at examples from poets who have explored myth and fairy tale, and from longer contemporary poems by Neil Rollinson, Blake Morrison and Ros Barber.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/verse-stories

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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25 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Steve Ely.
Shelley famously held that poets were the ‘unacknowledged legislators of the world’. 2014 Forward Prize judge Jeremy Paxman would like to agree, but sees contemporary English poetry as ‘conniving at its own irrelevance’ by no longer engaging with ‘ordinary people’. This course will enable participants to consider how poets might engage more widely and effectively with civil society without pandering or resorting to the soap box. The tension between maintaining the purity of the artistic vision and the compromise demanded by consideration of real or imagined audiences will be explored. Participants will consider different types of socially engaged poetry by poets including Shelley himself, Tony Harrison, Geoffrey Hill, Moniza Alvi, Carol Ann Duffy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, W.B. Yeats, John Montague, Seamus Heaney, Bertolt Brecht, Sorley Maclean and Vasko Popa, and will apply their learning by writing poems that engage with social issues in a range of styles.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/versus-vehemence-and-vision-poetry-of-social-engagement

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com

Register for your free CAMPUS account here:
http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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08 May 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Helen Ivory.
‘The first and the simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is Curiosity. By curiosity,I mean whatever the desire we have for, or the pleasure we take, in novelty’ – Edmund Burke. Are you a curious person? Would you follow the white rabbit or unlock all of the doors of Bluebeard’s Castle? Do you see science as organised wonder? Are you enthralled by the idiosyncratic? Do you ask lots of questions? Then you’ve come to the right place. In the 16th Century, Wunderkammers or ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ were put together by apothecaries, physicians and botanists who wished to study the objects they had assembled. They were used to expand knowledge and also as reliquaries to pleasure, and such cabinets are the precursors to contemporary galleries and museums. On this course you will consider the nature of curiosity, make use of online resources, examine curious objects and explore the idea of memory as a Wunderkammer. There’s the White Rabbit! No time to lose!

(This course is a repeat of one that has run previously).

Please note: Online courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with CAMPUS technical issues, but you need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com