Alarum Theatre Poetry Writing workshop with Heather Wastie

From di-Da di-Da to tiddley-pom, we will play with syllables and stresses to give our writing a sense of rhythm. After looking at examples in song lyrics and poetry, we will write our own poems, both individually and as a group.

Former Worcestershire Poet Laureate Heather Wastie lives near Kidderminster where she was Writer in Residence at the Museum of Carpet in 2013. She has published eight poetry collections, including ‘Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways’ with Kate Saffin.


Other collections include ‘Weaving Yarns’ – poetry and songs about the carpet industry – and ‘Don’t Oil The Hinges’ (both Black Pear Press), ‘The Muck and Shovel Brigade’ (The Ring Project /Canal & River Trust) and ‘To the Future, Love Cropredy’ illustrated by Louise Regan. For more, see

We are offering our Summer 2021 workshops on a Pay What You Can basis. The minimum payment is £5 (£5.12 with the booking fee); after that the sky’s the limit!

We have raised our minimum from £1 because we found that people registered and then didn’t attend, meaning that others on the waiting list were disappointed.


There are two free places on every workshop for anyone who would find the minimum donation difficult. If you would like to apply for one of these places please email

The workshop will be via Zoom so you will need a computer with speakers and internet connection. Your computer or laptop should have either a built-in camera and microphone or a webcam so that everyone can see and hear everyone else.

A web link will be sent to participants before the workshop. If you haven’t used Zoom before, you will need to download the software here and we will make sure everyone is comfortable with it before we begin.


Please note this event has a limited capacity of 10 places – early booking recommended!

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Thu, 24 June 2021 – 14:00 – 16:00 BST

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