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Literary Event, Sat 20 Jan 2018, £35

Gladstone's Library

Gladstone's Library


In this practical masterclass poet Ian Parks explores the ways in which poems begin to emerge. Starting with the blank page, journal entries, and visual images, the session offers insight and encouragement for beginners and some alternative ways of approaching poetry for those with more experience. Write, draft and take a poem or two away with you.

Ian Parks was one of the first Writers in Residence at Gladstone’s Library in 2012. His collections of poems include Shell Island, The Landing Stage, Love Poems 1979 - 2009 and The Exile’s House. Ian is the editor of Versions of the North: Contemporary Yorkshire Poetry and was Writing Fellow at De Montfort University in Leicester 2012 - 2014. Ian lives in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, where he is a driving force behind the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival. His latest collections, Citizens and If Possible: Fifty Cavafy Poems, were published in 2016.

Tickets are priced at £35 which includes lunch and tea/coffee.

To book, please call 01244 532350 or email

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Sat 20 Jan 2018 10:00


Tickets £35.00.


Church Lane,



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Map reference: SJ 314659  Lat: 53.18576 Long: -3.02804

Gladstone's Library is easily accessible by road and rail, just fifteen minutes drive from the M56 and six miles from Chester where there are regular train connections to London and other UK cities. Both Liverpool and Manchester airports are within easy reach.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Chester station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality