Poems of the Decade 2020 – emagazine Student Conference

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With poets Sarah Howe, Daljit Nagra, Julia Copus and Tishani Doshi, critic Sarah Crown and Barbara Bleiman, plus a performance poet to end the day.

  • Readings and performances by poets set for the EDEXCEL AS and AL.
  • Discussion of poems and aspects of contemporary poems by poets and poetry writers.
  • Comparing poems.
  • Looking ahead to A Level – responding to an unseen poem and a set poem.

Feedback on recent emagazine student conferences

Teachers said:

A great balance between the recognition that there is an examination which must be prepared for and a joyful celebration of poetry for poetry’s sake.

As with all events and resources offered by EMC, I thought the conference was outstanding…The perfect balance of practicality and inspiration.

An excellent day and incredible value for money!

Inspirational and such fun!

An excellent variety of speakers and subjects!

Students said:

Simply mind-blowing!

Loved seeing and hearing the poets talk about their poems!

Really good speakers and very interesting and helpful content.

Presented in a fun way, leaving us to feel both educated and entertained!

Booking enquires

General booking enquires:

Email Maria

Fax: 020 7354 0133

Programme enquiries:

Email Emma

Conference:

Poems of the Decade 2020 – emagazine Student Conference

When:

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Where:

Friends House
173-177 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ

Programme & Speakers

Programme & Speakers

Come and be inspired by hearing poets reading and discussing their own work, develop your critical understanding of contemporary poetry and enjoy spoken word performance! Ideal for AS students going on to AL and for students doing a two year linear A Level.

10.20
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Welcome

Emma Barker welcomes you to the Conference

Emma Barker, English and Media Centre, introduces the Conference

10.30-11.10
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Sarah Howe

The Very Act of Telling

In this lecture, Sarah Howe will look closely at a selection of the set anthology poems, picking apart the layers of narrative they contain. How do poets today evoke lifelike characters, or create dramatic suspense, with just a few strokes? How can we learn to listen for the implied stories that emerge from the spaces at a poem's margins?

Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Born in Hong Kong to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. She has performed her work at festivals internationally and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She is a Lecturer in Poetry at King’s College London

11.15-11.45
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Tishani Doshi

'The Deliverer'

Tishani Doshi discusses her poem 'The Deliverer' with Julia Copus.

Tishani Doshi is an award-winning writer and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent. Her debut collection, Countries of the Body (Aark Arts) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2006. She is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award and winner of the All-India Poetry Competition. In 2012 she published Everything Begins Elsewhere (Bloodaxe Books). Her most recent collection is Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods (Bloodaxe Books). Doshi also has a career in dance and publishes fiction. She lives on a beach in Tamil Nadu, India.

11.45-12.15 BREAK

12.15-12.50
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Sarah Crown

A critical reading of a poem from the collection

Critic Sarah Crown offers a critical reading of a poem from the collection.

Sarah Crown is Director of Literature at the Arts Council England. She edited the Guardian's books website for many years, and regularly reviews fiction and poetry for the Guardian, the Telegraph and the TLS

12.55-1.25
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Barbara Bleiman

'The unseen and the set poem'

Barbara Bleiman explores ways of thinking and writing comparatively about the unseen and the set poem.

Barbara Bleiman, English and Media Centre, co-edits emagazine. She has written widely on all aspects of English teaching, particuarly poetry.

1.25-2.10 LUNCH

2.10-2.40
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Julia Copus

'An Easy Passage'

Julia Copus discusses her poem with Daljit Nagra.

Julia Copus is a poet and children’s author. All three of her collections are Poetry Book Society Recommendations. She has won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (2010). The World's Two Smallest Humans was published in 2012 by Faber and shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Costa Poetry Award. In 2016 she was a judge for the Encore Novel Prize and the Costa Book Awards.

2.45-3.05
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Daljit Nagra

'Look We Have Coming to Dover'

Daljit Nagra reads and discusses his poem 'Look We Have Coming to Dover'.

Daljit’s four poetry collections, all with Faber & Faber, have won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem and Best First Book, the South Bank Show Decibel Award and the Cholmondeley Award, and been shortlisted for the Costa Prize and twice for the TS Eliot Prize. Daljit is a PBS New Generation Poet whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker, the LRB and the TLS, and his journalism in the FT and The Guardian. The inaugural Poet-in-Residence for Radio 4 & 4 Extra, he presents the weekly Poetry Extra, and serves on the Council of the Royal Society of Literature, and teaches at Brunel University London.

3.10-3.30

Performance

TBC

Location

Location

Where is the Conference Held?

The emagazine Poems of the Decade Conference is being held at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ – directly opposite Euston Station.

Map

Getting to the Conference

Train

The closest train stations are Euston and Kings Cross.

Tube (underground)

Tube stations within a 5 to 15-minute walk include: Euston, Euston Square, Kings Cross, Goodge Street, Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street. The closest tubes are Euston and Euston Square.

Bus

Numbers 10, 18, 30, 73, 205 and 390 pass the door whilst 59, 68, 91, 168, and 253 stop nearby.

Travelling by Minibus or Car?

Friends House is within a meter parking zone. Charges must be paid Monday to Friday 08:30 - 18:30 and Saturday 09:00 - 13:30. Please note that Friends House is within the congestion charge zone. For details of how to pay here.

Coaches

Coaches may stop outside Friends House to drop students off.

Parking

London Euston Station Car Park

MSCP Melton Street
London
NW1 2RT
Tel: +44 (0)345 222 4224

The Royal National Car Park 

38-51 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0DG
Tel: +44 (0)20-7691 2630

Important Info

Important Info

Prices, Booking and Cancellations

Prices

The fee is £22 per student, with one free teacher place per 10 students. (For small groups of up to nine students, a single free teacher place will be available.)
For additional teachers, or teachers attending without students, for their own interest or CPD, the charge is £50 each.

Booking

  • Book online and choose to pay by invoice.
  • Conference places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 
  • Please note: we are unable to take provisional bookings.
  • Please do not make final travel arrangements until your final booking has been confirmed and we have contacted you to let you know that you have definitely been allocated places.

Cancellations

Cancellations or amendments can be made without charge until 5pm on Thursday 21st May 2020.

All subsequent cancellations will be dealt with in the following way:

  • Cancellations after 5pm on Thursday 21st May 2020 and up to 5pm on Monday 8th June 2020: 50% charge
  • Cancellations after 5pm on Monday 8th June 2020: 100% charge.

Please note: We will be unable to make refunds in the case of weather, transport difficulties or other circumstances beyond our control.

Arrangements on the Day

Registration

Registration will open at 9.30 and we ask you to be in your seats for 10.15am.

Entrance is via the Euston Road entrance to Friends House.

Download the programme for the day.

Teachers Accompanying Students

We expect all students to be accompanied by a teacher. There should be a minimum of 1 teacher per 20 students.
We request that teachers meet their students in advance, register as a group and sit with their groups of students. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that their own students maintain acceptable standards of behaviour in the auditorium and in the Friends House building.

Lunch and Refreshments

The cafe at Friends House is open from 8am.

You and your students will be responsible for providing your own lunches. There are sandwich shops in the area immediately behind Friends House and plenty of food outlets across the road at Euston Station.

There are spaces outside for students to eat their packed lunch but no indoor spaces.

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How to book

Book online and opt to pay by invoice on the checkout page.

Prices

The cost is £22 per student, with one free teacher place per 10 students. (For small groups of up to nine students, a single free teacher place will be available.)
For additional teachers, or teachers attending without students, for their own interest or CPD, the charge is £50 each.

Cancellations and amendments

Cancellations or amendments can be made without charge until 5pm on Thursday 21st May 2020.

All subsequent cancellations will be dealt with in the following way:

  • Cancellations after 5pm on Thursday 21st May 2020 and up to 5pm on Monday 8th June 2020: 50% charge
  • Cancellations after 5pm on Monday 8th June 2020: 100% charge.

Please note: We will be unable to make refunds in the case of weather, transport difficulties or other circumstances beyond our control.

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