Poetry Performance and Writing workshops with Owen O’Neill

Owen is a writer and actor of stage and screen. He has written 16 one-man shows and several plays winning a string of awards including three Fringe Firsts at the Edinburgh Festival. The Herald Angel award for best play and the Edinburgh critics award for best comedy. He recently adapted The Shawshank Redemption for the stage. It was produced by Bill Kenwright productions and in 2015/16 it did a major number 1 tour of the UK and Ireland. It will tour again worldwide in 2019.

Owen’s workshop’s are very informal and laid back but also rigorous and good fun. They will cover poetic terms and devices by looking at poems of some of your favourite poets and then writing your own poems from a select number of prompts, including picking random obscure words from a basket and incorporating them in a new poem. Moving out of your comfort zone.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to workshop your poem and prose drafts, hone and polish and also get feedback on your work, old and new, through discussion from within the group itself.

We will discuss structure, line-breaks and stanzas. Why line-breaks are used and where best to use them. How to use comedy to get across an important and serious issue.

We will look at abstraction and images in poetry, the difference between metaphors, and similes. Avoiding clichés and how to think originally.

Rhyme and rhythm will also be a topic for discussion and finally how to read your work aloud. Performance in poetry, how to bring it alive from the page and what not to read aloud.


CLASS DATES: 9, 16, 23, 30

There will be a performance evening Tuesday 3rd December open to family and friends.

CLASS TIMES: 11am - 4pm

TUTOR: Owen O'Neill

COST: £200

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