Poetry Workshop with Matt Abbott: JW Anderson and David Bowie

Saturday 17 June, 10am - 12pm, £20 / Members £17.50

Matt Abbott

Drawing parallels between JW Anderson and David Bowie in their challenges to convention and explorations of androgyny, poet Matt Abbott guides you in exploring Bowie’s writing techniques to produce your own poetry or lyrics.

The workshop will start with experiments in the use of clippings of poetry and prose that suggest a strong identity, such as gender, class or age, to build a character through collage that might play with the reader’s expectations. You will then use a series of literary techniques and prompts to write your own original poems, exploring identity through characterisation or confession.

This workshop is suitable for adults interested in creative writing, whether at beginner, intermediate or advanced level.


Half of the allocated places are offered to Members at the discounted rate of 25% off, sold on a first come, first served basis. Become a Member.

Book your place online or if you have any questions or special requirements then don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing learning@hepworthwakefield.org or calling 01924 247398.


Wakefield-born Matt Abbott is a rising star on the UK's flourishing spoken word scene. Having received 5* reviews for his 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show Matt Abbott is Skint & Demoralised, he returns to the festival this summer with a full run of Two Little Ducks at Underbelly Cowgate. He fuses socio-political commentary with kitchen sink realism, and presents his work in a uniquely engaging and accessible manner.

After touring the UK with acts including Paul Weller, Sleaford Mods, Ken Loach and Sara Pascoe last year, and also starring in Nationwide Building Society's national TV ad campaign, Matt Abbott is well on his way to establishing himself amongst the leading generation of contemporary poets. In 2013 he co-founded A Firm Of Poets, and in 2015 he formed spoken word record label Nymphs & Thugs.