Smile - it could be verse

Chris M L Burleigh

Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Expensed: Reasonable expenses, plus whatever fee you usually pay to be donated to a mutually agreed charity
25th November 2019
Comic Verse | Creative Writing | Stories | Poetry

Ever wanted to write poetry but didn't know how to begin? In this fun workshop we will jointly write a story in verse, starting with a subject we are all familiar with - say a fairy tale, or the plot of a classic novel - and developing it in any way the group chooses. We can do a faithful re-telling, or let the session go where it pleases. Little Red Riding Hood could end up in the cottage of the Three Bears, or you might add a contemporary twist. Alternatively, you may prefer to spend the session having a go at a ballad, a sonnet, or Rap. The idea is to get everyone joining in, who wishes to, to have an entertaining session, and to have a sense of achievement at the end.

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About Chris M L Burleigh

Particles of Light - Poetry, humorous poems, wordplay, and witty one-liners

My book has been well received by readers who are completely unknown to me, on Netgalley and GoodReads:

‘This book is both lyrical and beautiful. The poetry is so magical, I just can't get enough!’

‘Chris Burleigh's poetry is beautiful and haunting....each poem is a vivid story weaved into a small space.’

‘Beautiful imagery, really nice poems’

'The poetry was extremely well-written and I found that each individual poem contributed well to the overall feeling of the collection'

'the poems become something more, often resembling moving organisms, while others are more like beautifully crafted sculptures.'

'one-liners really worked well ... I honestly found myself laughing out loud’

The book is a collection of poems and wit, with something for everyone. There are poems on life, nature, love, sex, and a large section of one-liners, puns, and humorous poems. Much of the collection is light-hearted and playful, though often with a more serious intent.

I have written poetry all my life. I have won several poetry competitions and have been published in anthologies, before self-publishing this collection. I write when I have something to say about life and the world we live in, and I think I have found the right way to say it. I have always had a love of words and meaning, sounds, and word play.

Now retired, I have lived in the Solihull area for more than 30 years. I grew up in South London, read English at Cardiff, and worked in IT. Please note, for on-line meetings, I have selected the option that the group must organise, so that the meeting remains the group's meeting, but the organiser must be able to allow me to share my screen so everyone can see my Powerpoint presentation. It works well in Zoom.

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