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Online via Zoom
Online via Zoom
Price: £19.99

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Arts Team, Alfreton Library Severn Square
DE55 7BQ
01629 532886

One-to-one Sessions with Poet Sophie Sparham

One-to-one sessions for poets
As part of our Writing Ambitions end-of-project celebrations we are pleased to offer a limited number of 30-minute one-to-one sessions online with poet and writer Sophie Sparham and via Zoom. There are two options to choose from. .Please ensure that you scroll down the page to see all of the information including 'how it works'.

Sophie Sparham is a writer from Derby. She has written commissions for BBC Radio 4, The V&A and The People’s History Museum. Sophie co-hosts the poetry night ‘Word Wise’ which won Best Spoken Word Night at the 2019 Saboteur Awards. In 2019 she also became the first poet to perform at the metal festival Bloodstock Open Air. Her second collection is due to be released in May 2021 with Verve Poetry Press.


Option one: Poetry feedback

Send up to five pieces of poetry to be given feedback on.

Sophie will make notes on the poems and give constructive feedback for the poet to take going forward. The two of you will sit and go through the work on Zoom, noting what works well and what could be developed further. These poems can be part of a collection or stand-alone pieces. Poems should no longer than one A4 page. As many poems will be covered in the session as time allows.

Option two: Poetry advice

Submit your burning questions regarding poetry.

Maybe you’ve got certain questions surrounding poetry that you want to have answered? You want to begin writing a collection but don’t know where to start, need advice on submitting to publishers, commission work, or want to talk about how to run a workshop. Please submit up to five questions. As many of the questions will be covered in your session as time allows.

How it works

Please book your session and then email your choice of option and questions to by 7th February.

Sophie will contact you by email prior to your session on Zoom.

Our project

In 2019 we embarked on a Writing Ambitions literature project offering writers paid commissions working with a Derbyshire based arts festivals, training and mentorship. We are now holding our end-of-project celebrations which include this event.

The project is funded and supported by Derbyshire County Council, Arts Derbyshire including members of Festivity, Writing East Midlands, Junction Arts and supported by Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery.

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