Making a Living as a Poet at StAnza

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Join Ken Cockburn, Harry Giles and Sarah Hesketh to talk about how they manage to make poetry pay. Topics covered in previous events in the series include pitching to venues and publishers, working freelance, broadening appeal beyond a ‘poetry audience’ and using social media effectively.

Ken Cockburn (Chair) is a freelance writer, translator, editor and writing tutor, whose varied career has seen him working as Assistant Director of the Scottish Poetry Library, as writer in residence at the National Library of Scotland, and as a regular collaborator with visual artists.

Harry Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney. They have toured performances around the UK, Italy and North America, hosted numerous events, and developed workshops and games.

Sarah Hesketh is a poet, project manager and creative writing teacher. She has been Assistant Director at English PEN, poet in residence with Age Concern, and was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. She is also a committee member of the SoA Poetry and Spoken Word Group