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New Tricks Poetry Workshop: Rhyme (with Cai Draper)

November 7, 2019 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Whether you are curious to expand your poetry horizons or just want to try something new, New Tricks is for you.

New Tricks is a series of free, informal poetry workshops (see here for the full Autumn/Winter ’19 programme) based on the particular fixations of the facilitators – from rhyme, to the languages of coding, to Gertrude Stein. The form of each session varies from week to week depending on the topic, and every opportunity is taken to make each session engaging, interactive and ‘getatable’: no lectures and no wrong answers.


WORKSHOP ONE: Rhyme (with Cai Draper)

What is rhyme? Why has this simple feature of poetry had such a rough ride? What is rhyme’s potential? What does it allow writers and readers of poetry to do? Could we look at rhyme as a method of historical thinking, or even a method of not-thinking?

These are just some of the questions that will underpin the inaugural New Tricks workshop on rhyme, led by poet Cai Draper. We will begin by looking critically at technical definitions of this much-maligned feature of poetry, and experiment with applying these
definitions to a well-known poem. We will then move on to group readings of two longer rhyming poems (Edward Lear’s ‘The Akond of Swat’ and Vahni Capildeo’s ‘Midnight Robber Monologue’), using these readings as springboards for open discussion on the topic.

Cai Draper is a poet from South London, living in Norwich. His poems have appeared in various publications, with work forthcoming in the next Bad Betty Press anthology, leslie magazine and the Lighthouse journal. @DraperCai

All sessions run 6.30-8:00pm at the Book Hive.
The workshop section of the evening will run for an hour, allowing for 30 minutes of mingling and mulling afterwards.
Doors 6:15pm for a prompt 6:30pm start.
Refreshments provided.
Limited to 13 places – please RSVP using the link below.


November 7, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Book Hive
01603 219268


The Book Hive (Norwich)
53 London Street
Norwich, NR2 1HL United Kingdom
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