New Words Festival – poetry workshop with Dr James Davies

Do you enjoy creative writing? Is playing with words – writing poems, something you’d like to try? Time to Read and Blackburn with Darwen Libraries invite you to join poet, Dr James Davies, for a list poetry writing workshop on Saturday 13 March. Book tickets via Eventbrite.

List poems at first might sound like simple poems to write. In one sense they are and that’s one of the great things about them. Yet to write good list poems careful consideration needs to be taken about how they are produced, so that they are engaging, have texture and suit your subject matter

During this short workshop you’ll read some key examples of a form which is exceptionally varied and flexible, in order to write some fantastic poems of your own.

James Davies has published many books of poetry and prose. His writing often incorporates elements of the list poem. His novel The Wood Pigeons (Dostoevsky Wannabe) is a set of 263 iterations of the same story, with the story getting shorter and shorter page by page. His Carcanet poetry book stack is a long list of minimal walking performances which when read in various ‘stacks’ create a range of alternative meanings. In addition to writing, between 2008-2018, he was part of the team that created the legendary The Other Room reading series in Manchester and is the editor of the experimental poetry press if p then q.

Browse and buy experiemental poetry and prose at Knives Forks and Spoons Press For more about James, see

This workshop is one of ten events for the New Words Festival. This is a free event but there is limited availability. Please contact Blackburn Libraries to book a place. The New Words Festival is made possible through public funding from Arts Council England.