The Poetry of Everyday Rhythms (STOKE ON TRENT)

About the course

In this writing workshop, we will explore the power and beauty of poetry and how it fits into everyday life. We will pay particular attention to poets whose books are stocked at Drop City Books, including Ocean Vuong and Jay Bernard. Drawing inspiration from their work, we will use creative exercises to write our own striking and transformative poems. This workshop welcomes writers of all experience levels.

In addition to the workshop, Natalie will be writer-in-residence in Drop City Books on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March from 10am-5pm; do stop by and say hello and have a go at a writing prompt as well if you’re interested.

Who is it for?

Open to local residents in Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area, and all underrepresented writers—those who face barriers due to mental health challenges, physical health/disability, sensory impairment, learning disabilities, neurodivergence, substance misuse, survivors, working class backgrounds, those from the LGBTQIA+ community, and/or from Black, Asian, traveller, mixed heritage or other global majority backgrounds.


Thursday 11 April






Please get in touch if you have particular access needs which we can try and accommodate on [email protected] or 01273 234 780 (Tuesdays only or voicemail).

This can include:

  • disabled access
  • help with travel costs
  • help with childcare costs

About the facilitator

Natalie Linh Bolderston is Creative Future’s 2024 Writer in Residence for Stoke-on-Trent. She is a Vietnamese-Chinese-British poet who has won the Eric Gregory Award and co-won the Rebecca Swift Women Poets’ Prize. Her poem ‘Middle Name with Diacritics’ came third in the 2019 National Poetry Competition and was shortlisted for the 2021 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

She is an alumna of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, the London Library Emerging Writers Programme and the VanThanh Productions Development Programme. Her pamphlet, The Protection of Ghosts, was published by V. Press in 2019. She has been commissioned by the Royal Society of Literature, the National Poetry Library, the Poetry Society and elsewhere. She is an alumna of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective and the London Library Emerging Writers Programme, and is part of the latest Writing West Midlands Room 204 cohort.


About the Venue

Public Transport

Nearest bus stops: 37, 64, 101


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Drop City Books,
2 Broad Street,
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Our workshops are open to local residents and/or are for artists and writers who are underrepresented. We work with those who feel they lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity, or other social circumstances. Please select all from the list below that apply to you.

Local resident
mental health issue
Black, Asian, traveller, mixed heritage or other global majority background
physical disability
long-term limiting illness
sensory impairment
learning disability/dyslexia/dyspraxia
working class background
substance misuse issue


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