**Sold out** Online poetry workshop: getting into character

Would you like to spend an hour in the brooding Mr Darcy’s shoes, or twirl around the dance floor like an Austen heroine at her first ball? In this “persona poem” workshop, strap on your dancing shoes and step back in time to see things from your favourite character’s perspective.

Sunday 12 December
3:00pm — 4:30pm

In the run up to Christmas, take some time out for yourself and join us for a fun-filled poetry workshop hosted by two of our brilliant Poets in Residence this year, Fathima Zahra and Stephanie Lyttle.

In this “persona poem” workshop we will take inspiration from our favourite Jane Austen characters, and from Jane’s letters to her friends and family. We’ll learn to use sensory details to evoke the smells, sounds, sights, and tastes of Regency England!

We’ll dabble in character-driven poetry and poems in the form of recipes – reading some of our favourite examples and then writing our own using writing tasks and prompts to help us along.

Suitable for absolute beginners and passionate poets alike!


Date: Sunday 12 December

Time: 3pm – 4.30pm (GMT)

Location: This event will take place online; join us from the comfort of your own home!

Tickets: Free, but booking is essential!

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This event will take place on Zoom. Please provide a valid email address, as you will be emailed a link to join the tour in the run up to the event.

Timings are given in UK time (Greenwich meantime) – please do check what the event time is in your territory, to ensure you log in at the right time.

This event is free, as we want it to be accessible to everyone. If you enjoy it, please do consider making a donation to the Museum – thank you!


About the poetry tutors:

Fathima Zahra

Fathima Zahra is an Indian poet and performer based in Essex. She is a Barbican Young Poet and a Roundhouse Poetry Collective alum. Her work has won the Bridport Prize, Wells Fest Young Poets Prize, and Asia House Poetry Slam. Her poems touch on themes of girlhood, desire, and belonging. Her debut pamphlet ‘Sargam / Swargam’ is out now with ignition press.

Stephanie Lyttle

Originally from Belfast, Stephanie moved to England to take up an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Creative Writing PhD at Newcastle University. Her work spans prose and poetry for both young people and adults, focusing on issues of queerness, monstrosity, robots/AI, and the body. She has previously won the Grierson Prize for Verse and been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize for flash fiction.

Visit our Creatives in Residence Hub to find out more about our Creatives in Residence this year and to see their work!