Article: Poetry Workshop by Tim Liardet

Tim Liardet’s Workshop
by Tim Liardet for Guardian Unlimited Books

“Doing the Difficult
I taught for a year at the second largest young offenders’ prison in Europe and produced more poems than ever before in a 12-month period, but I made many false starts. How do you attempt to evoke the truths of imprisonment – of other people’s lives in turmoil – without appearing exploitative, voyeuristic or coy? How do you write about other people’s terrible crimes and terrible experience, without appearing prurient? Everything suggested writing about young imprisoned men was a highly risky enterprise.”

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