Poetry Surgery with Colette Bryce, Newcastle  

Colette Bryce        

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Colette Bryce. Poetry Surgery offers a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. It’s a unique opportunity to identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing and look at strategies for taking your work forward. There will be plenty of time to talk about all those things you need to know about writing, revising and submitting your work.

More dates to be announced soon

There are four slots and each lasts one hour. 10am, 11.15am, 12.45pm and 2pm. £60 for Poetry Society members, £70 for non-members. Book online or contact Paul McGrane membership @ poetrysociety.org.uk or 020 7420 9881. We will immediately confirm your slot.

Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7BJ. The venue is in the town centre, right by the Monument. See www.brunswickmethodist.org.uk for directions.

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will be asked to send your poems (up to 6 poems, or 150 lines maximum) no later than 1 week before the event, plus a brief accompanying note describing why you write poetry, what you hope to do with your writing and what you hope to gain from the Surgery.


Colette Bryce is an Irish poet and editor currently based in the North East of England. Her collections include The Full Indian Rope Trick (Picador, 2004) and Self-Portrait in the Dark (Picador, 2008). She received the Cholmondeley Award for her poetry in 2010, and from 2009 until recently she was Poetry Editor at Poetry London. She has worked as a poetry tutor for many organizations including the Arvon Foundation and University of Newcastle.


The session with Colette was heartening but incisive. I really enjoyed it and yes it was good value and I would recommend her to friends. It is so useful to have her careful reading, response and editorial skill. Thank you! Lydia Harris, York

"I found Colette's surgery enormously helpful on several levels - and isn't she a lovely person - and would, indeed already have, recommend anyone to sign up to one. For me, as an out-of-towner, it was brilliant to be right in the centre of Newcastle. Very easy to get to. Excellent value for money”. Pru Kitching, Weardale

"This was the first time I'd had my efforts analysed and appraised by a poet and the experience was both useful and enjoyable. Colette gave me a number of pointers which I hope will help my writing, and yes I'd be happy to recommend it." Larry Marsh, Newcastle

"The session was brilliant. Colette had really thought about my poems and her advice was invaluable - both about those particular poems and more generally too. It was worth the money to me and I will recommend it to friends" Carole Bromley, York