The Poetry of the Body (WOLVERHAMPTON)

About the course

How can we use poetry to express what it feels like to inhabit a body? How can poetry help us to understand other people’s relationship with their bodies?  

 In this short workshop series, we’ll look at how poets explore, celebrate and commune with  the body in their writing. Using guided exercises and free writing time, we’ll look at how poetic language connects us with the body. In between sessions you’ll have a chance to work on your own poetry and the option to share it with the group (only if you want to!). 

Who is it for?

Open to all underrepresented writers—those who face barriers due to mental health issues, 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.


Saturdays – November 4, 18 & December 2, 2023.


2 pm – 4 pm


£7.50 for the full course (£2.50 per session)


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
  • free places for carers
  • help with travel costs
  • help with childcare costs

About the course facilitator

Sallyanne Rock is a queer, neurodivergent poet and freelance writer from the Black Country. She writes about domestic abuse, queer identity and religious trauma. Her poetry has been published widely in various journals and anthologies, and she has appeared at spoken word events across the West Midlands. She works as a mentor, workshop facilitator and poet for hire, and has worked alongside organisations such as Writing West Midlands, Verve Poetry Festival and Creative Future. In 2019 she was awarded the gold prize for poetry in the Creative Future Writers’ Awards. Sallyanne’s debut pamphlet, ‘Salt & Metal’, is published with Fawn Press.  


About the venue

The Newhampton Arts Centre is just outside the Wolverhampton Ring Road, on  the corner of Newhampton Road East and Dunkley Street, close to the Molineux and West Park.

Public Transport

Nearest train station

  • Wolverhampton Railway Station –  0.9 miles away

Nearest bus stops

  • 6, 6A, 763 buses – 157 feet away / 400 ft away
  • 3, 4, 5, 62, 62A, 877, 878 buses – 0.2 miles away

Visit by foot

10 minutes from the city centre.

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Visit by car

Exit the ring road on Waterloo Rd towards Molineux, take first left on to Newhampton Road East. Dunkley St is the second right. POSTCODE: WV1 4AN


Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley Street, Wolverhampton,
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