Words from Fiona Sampson

Here’s a quote from Fiona Sampson, reflecting on learning and teaching poetry in universities:

Poetry requires an apprenticeship, like any craft; but it’s one that gains particularly from the university setting, where a knowledge of the genre, questioning and close reading are already being taught in a number of other ways.”
Coincidently, I ran into these large-format stencil poems of Fiona’s, displayed along a corridor in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where I work.
Why do I think?
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The Rise of Creative Writing-Impacts on the Short Story

Dear All, I recently received this mailing and thought this lecture might  interest some of you.. Alison

Open University Contemporary Cultures of Writing Group: The Rise of Creative Writing:Alison MacLeod (University of Chichester), Derek Neale (Open University).

Creative Writing has been taught in British universities for forty years and really took off in the last two decades. There are over a hundred MA courses in the UK, the best of which are a significant training ground for ambitious writers. It is easy to demonstrate that a good writing course can give a talented student a high-speed ride to literary accomplishment. But there has been very little systematic investigation into whether the teaching of Creative Writing has a made a traceable impact upon contemporary literary methods and styles. Have creative writing courses changed the nature and styles of what is written and published, of how literature is currently perceived, produced, and consumed?

21st February, 5:30pm,Institute of English Studies, University of London Room ST273, Stewart House, 2nd Floor, Russell Square

If you would like to attend this lecture please contact Jon Millington, Institute of English Studies: jon.millington@sas.ac.uk.

Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson is an award-winning poet and academic and is editor of Poetry Review.

Her most recent books include a new edition of Percy Bysshe Shelley for Faber (2011, Poetry Book Society Book Club Choice) and Music Lessons: The Newcastle Poetry Lectures (2011).

She is published in more than thirty languages, and her eleven books in translation including Patuvachki Dnevnik, awarded the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia, 2004).

In 2009, she received a Cholmondeley Award and was elected an FRSL; she has since been elected to the Council of the Royal Society of Literature.

Fiona has received the Newdigate Prize, writers’ awards from the Arts Councils of England and Wales and the Society of Authors and, in, the United States, the Literary Review‘s Charles Angoff Award. ‘Trumpeldor Beach’ was shortlisted for the 2006 Forward Prize for best single poem.

She was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Nijmegen and has a PhD in the philosophy of language. She was Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University from 2002-2005.

Fiona Sampson is internationally recognised for her pioneering residencies in health care and contributes to the Guardian, the Irish Times and other publications. Her translations include Jaan Kaplinski, an anthology of younger Central European poets, and Orient Express, of which she was founding editor.

She is currently Distinguished Writer at the University of Kingston, and this year she serves as a judge for the Griffin Prizes and the Cholmondeley Awards.  Her critical survey of contemporary British poetry, Beyond the Lyric (Chatto) appears this September, and her next collection, Coleshill, also from Chatto, in January 2013.

She has been the editor of Poetry Review since 2005.

Click here to read a recent Interview with Fiona Sampson, on the Write out Loud website.

Fiona Sampson will be reading a selection of her poems on Thursday 23rd Feb, at Kingston University at 7:30pm in Room 5002, John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames

Selected bibliography

  • The Self on the Page: Theory and Practice of Creative Writing in Personal Development (with Celia Hunt) Jessica Kingsley (1998)
  • The Healing Word (1998)
  • Creative Writing In Health And Social Care (editor) Jessica Kingsley, (2004)
  • A Fine Line: New Poetry from East and Central Europe (with Jean Boase-Beier and
  • Alexandra Buchler, Arc, 2004)
  • Evening Brings Everything Back (translations of Jaan Kaplinski, Bloodaxe, 2004)
  • Folding the Real (Seren, 2001, published in Romanian by Editura Paralela 45, 2004)
  • Writing: Self and Reflexivity co-authored with Celia Hunt (2005)
  • The Distance Between Us (Seren, 2006)
  • On Listening (Salt, 2007)
  • Day co-authored with Amir Or (2007)
  • Common Prayer (2007), short-listed for the 2007 T. S. Eliot Prize
  • A Century of Poetry Review (Carcanet, 2009)
  • Poetry Writing: the Expert Guide (Robert Hale, 2009)
  • Rough Music (Carcanet Press, 2010)


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