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New Tricks: What should a poem sound like? (with Anna Cathenka)

March 5, 2020 - 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 based on the particular fixations of the facilitators. 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 EIGHT: What should a poem sound like? (with Anna Cathenka)

Page poetry has yet to catch up with Spoken Word when it comes to the use of rhythm, breath and tone of voice in live poetry readings. In this workshop we will listen to recordings of three very different poets perform their poetry to a contemporary audience and discuss what works, and what doesn’t. How does the poem meet its audience for the first time when it’s read aloud and what could poets do to improve this first impression when they’re reading?

Anna Cathenka is a poet who currently lives in Norwich where she works as a Learning Mentor for UEA and runs poetry workshops at the National Centre for Writing. She is the author of several pamphlets including the forthcoming Computer Dreams (2020) with Broken Sleep Books. She has contributed to various anthologies and regularly performs her poetry to live audiences, including at the upcoming European Poetry Festival in April 2020.

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.


March 5, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Book Hive
01603 219268


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