Workshops for 2022

The Poetry Class – 2022 Edition

2nd & 23rd October 2022
Perilous – Ekphrastic Poetry and The Gallery

Join The Poetry Class’s Joanna Preston on a poetic voyage through Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, in two workshops where poetry meets the visual arts.

Ekphrastic poetry – poems written in response to art – has an ancient history. In this three hour workshop, Joanna Preston will take participants through a discussion of some of that history, before putting the theory into practice in a series of guided writing exercises in response to four artworks from Perilous. Whether you are a novice writer or a published poet, an art aficionado or a painting neophyte, there’s sure to be something here for you!

Bookings essential, via Christchurch Art Gallery /Te Puna O Waiwhetū

 Sunday October 2nd ,2022
& Sunday October 23rd, 2022
(separate sessions)
2 pm to 5 pm
Front Desk
Christchurch Art Gallery
Cnr Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street

Ōtautahi Christchurch
Fee: $25 each session


What you’ve missed … 

March 19th to April 17th, 2022
Reading for Writing: The Romantics

Rebels, revolutionaries, raconteurs and rogues

Roses are red
carnations are pink
the Romantic poets
were not what you think!

If you think the Romantic poets were all about hearts and flowers and swooning in a garret with a glass of laudanum, you’re in for a surprise! They were the radicals of their day, challenging what they saw as an unjust and demeaning social order, and championing the natural world. (Sound familiar?)

A five session romp through the world of the English Romantic Poets, and their long-lasting impact on western culture. We’ll be looking at the work of Byron, Coleridge, Wordsworth et et al, and considering what it is to be a Romantic poet, what makes a Romantic poem, whether there are any Romantic poets writing now, and if not, why not?

A combination of close reading with writing exercises. Suitable for all levels.

Saturdays, March 19th to April 16th, 2022
2 pm to 5 pm

Sundays, March 20th to April 17th, 2022
10 am to 1 pm
(both options five sessions)
Online via Zoom

Fee: $45

June 12th 2022
Reading for Writing – a tumble takeover

Ever wondered what it would be like to have not just the book to look at, but also the poet to interrogate? Join Shirley Eng and Joanna Preston for a single-session rummage through Joanna’s award winning second collection, tumble.

Poetry Class regular Shirley Eng will be your guide for this class, with Joanna joining in for the second half – so you can speak, praise, ridicule, query, complain and chastise to your heart’s content; before showing the author the things she didn’t realise were in her poems, and trying your hand at some tumble-inspired writing exercises.

 Sunday, June 12th, 2022
10 am to 1 pm
The Boardroom,
South Library
66 Colombo St
Fee: $20

June 18th 2022
Reading for Writing – a tumble takeover online

Same as the physical version, but online. Attend in your pyjamas!

 Saturday, June 18th, 2022
2 pm to 5 pm

Online via Zoom
Fee: $20

Maximum of 10 participants

13th August 2022
Reading for Writing – the final tumble takeover

Ever wondered what it would be like to have not just the book to look at, but also the poet to interrogate? Join Joanna Preston for a single-session rummage through her award winning second collection, tumble.

Once again this will be a Reading for Writing session, with the emphasis on discussing the selected poems, and two writing exercises for you to try on your own. But as a bonus, this time you get to pick which poems we’ll be dissecting.

Saturday afternoon, August 13th 2022
2 pm to 5 pm.

Online via Zoom
Fee: koha – pay what you want. Or nothing. Up to you.

Maximum of 10 participants


also 13th August 2022
AMA: Ask Me Anything (about the book)

Following on from the workshop, I’m opening up the stream to a one hour Ask Me Anything session, for those of you who would like to know things about individual poems, the process, the playlist, anything at all tumble-related.

Absolutely free, and with no limit to numbers or anything like that. I will require people to register first so we don’t end up with trolls crashing the event, but apart from that it’s completely open to anyone who would like to come along. I will do my very best to answer your questions.

Saturday 13th August 2022
5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
online via Zoom

September 4th, 2022
Poetry for the Nervous – Reading it, Writing it, Getting it

A two-hour workshop designed to bring you gently into the world of poetry. We’ll look at some of the ways poems are put together, and get to try your hand at writing some poems yourself. Perfect for complete beginners, this workshop offers a mixture of writing exercises, some reading and discussion of contemporary poems.

3 pm to 5 pm
Spark Place
Fee: $50/55

Part of Word Christchurch

later in 2022
Five Irish Poets

dates and details t.b.c.

at some point in 2022
Dead Poets

dates and details t.b.c.