Poems from the Tower Poetry Summer School 2005

Participants who contributed to Amulet were

Francesca Beasley
Miranda Cichy
Anna Cope
Lizzy Dening
Ruqaya Izzidien
Meirion Jordan
Hamid Khanbhai
Anna Lewis
Kirsten Mackintosh
Rebecka Mustajarvi
Alice Wood

Under the guidance of  Gillian Clarke and Polly Clark  a group of young writers were given the opportunity to write and talk about their poems in the context of workshops, tutorials, and more informal discussions.  The tutors talked about their own ways of approaching poetry, and were also joined in readings by poets Esther Morgan and Jamie McKendrick. Amulet is the result of 2005’s stimulating and successful Tower Poetry Summer School.

In workshops, we wrote together, on the spot, to some prompt or another. We all read the resulting first drafts aloud. The experience was exhilarating for us all. These young poets all show talent, passion and energy. You need all three to become a poet.
Gillian Clarke
Many years ago, when I first began to write, there was nothing like the Tower summer school. How I wish there had been. Confidence is, after talent, the single most important ingredient for success in any artistic endeavour, and the earlier it comes the better.
Polly Clark

ISBN 0-9549932-1-7/ Published 2005

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