Reading & Writing Poetry: ‘Essential Haiku’

Date Thursday 11 January 2024 until Thursday 21 March 2024
Time 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Price£120 | £110
TutorNatasha Cuddington

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Reading & Writing Poetry: ‘Essential Haiku’


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Guided by Robert Hass’s introductory essay from the translation volume Essential Haiku (1994) this 10-week course has been designed for those with some experience of reading and writing poetry.

In addition to developing critical discourse, participants will explore “wakefulness” and spontaneity in the making of their poetry. 

Participants will also explore, by way of close reading and their own experiment, the ways in which, according to Hass, the “intensity of experience [that] this small form can sustain” speaks to us “about the things of the world, and the mind looking at the things of the world.”


About the tutor

Natasha Cuddington was born in Saskatchewan, Canada and holds a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature and an MA in Irish Studies. A writing facilitator with experience in a variety of contexts, her translations, poetry, essays and reviews have appeared variously on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 2017, she was announced as the recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. Her début poetry collection, Each of us (our chronic alphabets) was published by Arlen House (2018). With Ruth Carr, she co-edited Her Other Language: Northern Irish Women Writers Address Domestic Violence and Abuse (Arlen House, 2020).

Age Range18+ years
Half Term12 February 2024 until 18 February 2024

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