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Hercules Winter Workshops

Saturday 21st October 2017

THE RUBAIYAT
with
RUTH VALENTINE

The rubai (rubaiyat is the plural) is a traditional Persian form, introduced (and adapted) into English by Edward Fitzgerald in the nineteenth century, and by other writers since. During this workshop, we'll look at Persian (in translation) and English rubaiyat. We'll consider what kind of subject matter may suit it, and practise some of the skills it needs. By the end, you'll have at least one stand-alone rubai, and a short sequence: your own rubaiyat. If you want to start using traditional verse forms, or you just want to expand your repertoire, this workshop is for you.

10:30am - 4:30pm, The Poetry School 79-83 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6DX.

Please note The Poetry School is the venue only - bookings must be made in advance through Hercules Editions. Concessions are available for 60+, full time students and those in receipt of benefits. If booking a concessionary place please bring proof of status on the day.
 

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Saturday 25th November 2017

THE SONNET SEQUENCE
with
JACQUELINE SAPHRA

The sonnet sequence is a beast of a thing:compulsive, addictive, thrilling, mind-bending, with a momentum all of its own. In this workshop you will face the beast head on, join forces with it, and begin to write a crown or heroic crown of sonnets. Is there a big theme you'd like to tackle in your writing? Here's your chance to do it justice. Do you dread the blank page? With a sequence, one poem leads to another. Through looking at examples and writing exercises, this workshop will start you off on a journey that will keep your pen moving and your poetic mind inspired for a long, satisfying time.


10:30am - 4:30pm, The Poetry School 79-83 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6DX.

Please note The Poetry School is the venue only - bookings must be made in advance through Hercules Editions. Concessions are available for 60+, full time students and those in receipt of benefits. If booking a concessionary place please bring proof of status on the day.

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 SPECIAL OFFER: BOOK FOR BOTH WORKSHOPS FOR JUST £105!

Save £25 on the full price when you book for both workshops together.  
 

The Rubaiyat & The Sonnet Sequence

A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller



A Bargain with the Light is a tribute to one of the most extraordinary figures of the 20th century.
At its heart is a heroic crown of sonnets, accompanied by an introduction by the art historian Patricia Allmer, an essay by Jacqueline Saphra charting her journey through Miller's story to the writing of the poems, and iconic photographs by and of Miller, courtesy of the Lee Miller Archives.

ISBN: 978-0-9572738-6-3 Price: £10

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> RUBAIYAT FOR THE MARTYRS OF TWO WARS: £10

Rubaiyat for the Martyrs of Two Wars brings together a moving poem in the traditional Persian form by poet and migrant rights activist Ruth Valentine with haunting images by the Iranian-born artist Shahram Karimi; plus an introduction by the journalist Kamin Mohammadi, a foreword by the British-Caribbean poet Malika Booker, and an essay by the author. Published in a limited first edition of 300, signed by the author.
Size: 42pp, W 125 x H140 mm, full colour throughout. Edition: First edition, 300 copies. ISBN: 978-0-9572738-5-6 Price: £10 
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> HAMMERSMITH: £10

Hammersmith is a new chapbook by the award-winning poet Sean O’Brien, focused around the first two cantos of a longer poem exploring the West London region, where his parents met just after the war. It is illustrated by photographs of Hammersmith taken by the poet himself, and includes an introduction by the architectural and political writer Owen Hatherley. Published in a limited first edition of 500.
Size: 48pp, W 125 x H140 mm, black & white interior, green & gold cover. Edition: First edition, 500 copies. ISBN: 978-0-9572738-4-9 Price: £10 
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> SILENTS: £10

Silents is a chapbook by award-winning poet Claire Crowther, exploring the strange and wordless shadow-world of early silent cinema. It is illustrated by stills selected by Crowther from the fascinating Ronald Grant Archive, and includes an introduction by writer and broadcaster Kevin Jackson. Published in a limited edition of 300, each copy is signed by the author. Pre-order to reserve your copy, which will be dispatched as soon as the book is published, in mid-May 2015.
Size: 48pp, W 125 x H140 mm, black & white. Edition: First edition, each copy numbered and signed by the author. ISBN: 978-0-9572738-3-2 Price: £10
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> ORMONDE: £10

Ormonde is a chapbook by Next Generation poet Hannah Lowe, which combines poems, memoir and archive material to chart the 1947 journey of SS Ormonde, one of the first post WW2 ships (over a year before Windrush) to carry significant numbers of immigrants from Jamaica to the UK. On board was the poet’s father, ready to start a new life in a new country. Published in a limited edition of 300, the book includes an introduction by Windrush historian Mike Phillips, and each copy is signed by the author.
Size: 36pp, W 125 x H140 mm, full colour. Edition: First edition, each copy numbered and signed by the author. ISBN: 978-0-9572738-2-5 Price: £10
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> HEART ARCHIVES PRINT B24031947: £20

Accompanying the Heart Archives book is a limited edition print featuring its penultimate poem, the love sonnet B24031947. Beautifully produced and innovative in form, just 50 copies are available, each signed and numbered by the author. It is printed in red and black on heavy cream card using the old-fashioned technique of thermography, which produces raised, shiny text with a tactile quality redolent of the archive. Affixed next to the poem are real photo corners, and the print is accompanied by a tissue-lined pouch containing all 14 loose-leaf photos from the book, so you can insert whichever image suits your mood. All elements come packaged in a stout red wallet, complete with archive labels. At a practical A4 in size, the print is easy to frame or mount or simply pin up.
Dimensions: A4 W 297 x H 210 mm. Colours: Black and red raised thermographic print Extras: 14 loose-leaf photos, four photo-corners and two labelled wallets. Edition: 50 signed and numbered. 

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> HEART ARCHIVES: £10

Heart Archives is a beautifully-designed chapbook featuring 14 sonnets on family and legacy by award-winning poet and translator Sue Rose. Each poem is accompanied by a poignant full-colour photo, hand-tipped in, showing items from the poet's archive. Includes an illuminating foreword by the poet and a commentary by art critic Ben Luke on the installation Les Archives du Coeur by the major French artist Christian Boltanski, which was an inspiration for the project. This deluxe first edition with "loose-leaf" photos is limited to 300 copies, numbered and signed by the author.
Size: 40pp, W 125 x H140 mm, plus tipped-in photos. Colours: Full colour throughout. Edition: First edition, each copy numbered and signed by the author. ISBN: 978-0-9572738-1-8 Price: £10
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> FORMERLY: £8

Featuring poems by Tamar Yoseloff and photographs by Vici MacDonald, Formerly commemorates the forgotten corners of a London fast disappearing. The book is a sequence of 14 informal sonnets, each written in response to an accompanying image. It is now in its second edition, printed in full colour, with every copy signed by the authors. Each book comes with a free 10-page location guide, Off The Map. Formerly was the subject of an exhibition at the Saison Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London, in 2013, and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award.
Size: 36pp, W 125 x H140 mm, full colour throughout. Edition: Second edition, signed by the authors. ISBN: 978-0-9572738-0-1

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