Gill Smith
Gill Smith - Comedy Writer & Performer

Gill Smith's Poetry Workshop Course

Poetry is a fascinating thing, and so are poets. With inspiration ranging from the banal to the spiritual, and everywhere in between, the range of poems you get in response to any stimulus is fascinating.

This course includes a number of poetic forms, as well as different types of inspiration, and discussing style, content, rhyme, metre and rythmn, repetition, and various other poetic techniques.

It is designed to give the beginner a strong grounding in poetry, but can be tailored to challenge even the more experienced poet.

My own poetry experience includes

  • I was a regional finalist in Help the Aged's "Healthy Eating" competition. I won... a tin of ironic Quality Street!

  • Winner of the Sony AIBO competition to praise your pet. Sonnet For Angus won me one of the best cash prizes for poetry I've ever seen!

  • Second placed in Slough Writers Group's humorous verse competition, for my Improper Sonnet.

  • I was Highly Commended in the Scottish International Poetry competition.

  • I have been published several time in Poetry Now, and also in the regular anthologies produced by their publisher, Forward Press.

  • I've had haiku published in the Guardian's weekly topical competition, and once won.
    My first prize Guardian topical haiku:
      Humble potato
      Prevents cervical cancer.
      No, Not like that, dear.

  • And those jolly nice people at BBC Berkshire have my poem Riverside Romance online - both the text, and me reading it for you.