courses & workshops

Poetry Course: Whose Woods These Are I Think I Know

Part of Among the Trees

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

Get inspired by a forest of art at our Hayward Gallery exhibition Among the Trees in a six-week poetry course led by Jacqueline Saphra.

Explore artworks that engage with beauty and decay, vulnerability and strength, dependence and interdependence, togetherness and solitude.

Enter the world of trees, and find poetic ways of expressing what you discover in the works before you.

This course is open to people with all levels of experience. Each week focuses on one of the rooms of the exhibition.

We share some key poems alongside our experiences and observations of the works, then devote time to discussion and workshopping of your poems, generally in small groups.

Come along with willingness to play, engage, offer constructive criticism to your peers and share your writing.

Jacqueline Saphra’s collection All My Mad Mothers from Nine Arches Press was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot prize.

This was followed by A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller and Dad, Remember You Are Dead. Veritas: Poems after Artemisia Gentileschi is released from Hercules Editions in May 2020.

Course overview
Session 1: Resilience in Hostile Surroundings
Session 2: Beauty and Decay
Session 3: Mirrors and Perspectives
Session 4: Ghosts, Time and Transformation
Session 5: Celebration, Desolation and Longevity
Session 6: Final impressions and an opportunity to read work out loud

Dates & times

23 March 2020 - 11 May 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
    • Mon 6 April 2020
      • 7:00 pm


Hayward Gallery
Dan Graham Waterloo Sunset Pavilion


£90 for 6 week course
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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need to know

By purchasing a ticket you agree to be contacted by Southbank Centre on email in relation to this course.

All six sessions are included in this ticket. We strongly recommend that participants make sure they are available for all sessions of the course, but at a minimum attend four.

A limited number of free bursary places are available for people who would otherwise not be able to access this course due to financial circumstances. For more information and to apply please email with the name of the course in the subject. The deadline for applications is Monday 9 March 2020.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.

Event information
This course is open to poets of all ages and abilities. A willingness to learn with and from other participants with varied levels of experience is essential.

The course takes place on the following dates and times:
Mon 23 Mar, 7pm – 9pm
Mon 30 Mar, 7pm – 9pm
Mon 6 Apr, 7pm – 9pm
Mon 27 Apr, 7pm – 9pm
Mon 4 May, 7pm – 9pm
Mon 11 May, 7pm – 9pm
*Please note, there is a two-week break between sessions three and four.

Participants meet in Hayward Gallery Foyer for the first session of the course. Please bring a notebook and something to write with.

Course sessions will take place in Hayward Gallery and Dan Graham Waterloo Sunset Pavilion, Hayward Gallery.

Access information
If you are a BSL user interested in this course, please get in touch with us to confirm this provision at