eyup! the crossover between poetry and various other subcultures has always been something that’s interested me in all aspects of my practice (writing, performing, producing, and educating). and i’ve been handed a huge opportunity to tackle that crossover with this exciting project.

funded as part of the build-up to the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC21), i’m coordinating a load of poetry workshops that’ll take place across the M62 corridor. these workshops will see professional poets delivering relaxed and engaging sessions to a range of groups: from Rugby League-loving families in Garforth to a group of female retirees called The Golden Girls in Warrington.

the aim of the workshops is to either attract Rugby League fans into libraries or entice library users into Rugby League! i’ll be delivering some of the sessions alongside some of my favourite poets, including Louise Fazackerley, Toria Garbutt, and Joe Hakim.

it’s a wonderful project and i can’t wait to see it grow as the tournament edges nearer. my first session is at Garforth Library on Saturday 24 September from 11am-1pm and is targeted at family groups. it’s free, but you need to sign up in advance, which you can do here!

Matt Abbott RLWC21 poetry workshop in Garforth on Saturday 24 September

below, i’ll regularly update the full list of sessions as they’re confirmed. so, keep checking back in case we announce one on your doorstep! this project is being part-funded by RLWC21 and Libraries Connected, who i’m immensely grateful to. hopefully, see you at one of these…ta for now.

RLWC21 poetry workshop dates

  • Sat 24 Sep | Garforth Community Hub & Library, Leeds | 1100-1300
    family session delivered by Matt Abbott | ticket link
  • Sat 1 Oct | Library @ Dodworth, Barnsley | 1000-1200
    family session delivered by Matt Abbott | ticket link
  • Mon 3 Oct | Wakefield Library | 1730-1830
    adult session delivered by Matt Abbott | tickets coming soon
  • Mon 3 Oct | Burtonwood Library, Warrington
    adult session delivered by Louise Fazackerley | private
  • Wed 5 Oct | Crowle Community Hub, Scunthorpe
    schools session delivered by Joe Hakim | private
  • Thu 6 Oct | Parbold Library, Wigan | 1400-1600
    adult session delivered by Louise Fazackerley | tickets coming soon
  • Thu 6 Oct | Leigh Library, Wigan | 1830-1950
    adult session delivered by Louise Fazackerley | ticket link
  • Sat 8 Oct | Wigan Library | 1030-1150
    family session delivered by Louise Fazackerley | ticket link
  • Mon 17 Oct | Bridge Hall Primary School, Stockport
    schools session delivered by Toria Garbutt | private
  • Sat 22 Oct | Skelmersdale Library | 1000-1200
    family session delivered by Louise Fazackerley | tickets coming soon
  • Wed 26 Oct | Sale Library | 1400-1530
    family session delivered by Louise Fazackerley | tickets coming soon
  • Thu 27 Oct | Uppermill Library, Oldham | 1400-1530
    family session delivered by Toria Garbutt | tickets coming soon
  • Thu 3 Nov | Dewsbury Library | 1730-1830
    adult session delivered by Toria Garbutt | tickets coming soon
  • Thu 17 Nov | Ashton Library, Ashton-under-Lyne | 1800-1930
    adult session delivered by Toria Garbutt | tickets coming soon

more to follow!

poet, educator & activist

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