Poetry Recommendations

Poetry Recommendations

Winning poetry slams including Glastonbury, Manchester Lit Fest and Munichslam, Andy Craven-Griffiths has had his handywork broadcast on TV and on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4. Published in poetry journals, he’s also one of BBC Radio 3’s Verb New Voices. In 2018, he wrote and produced his first play, Joygernaut, and he’s currently neck-deep in a Creative Writing PhD.

Andy leads a poetry workshop on Day 5 of Writing Retreat Bali. We caught up him recently. Lovely chap. He wasn’t dressed like this when we met him though, unfortunately.


Check out some of Andy’s poetry reading and viewing tips to wet your appetite before Ubud.

Poetry Books

Peter Samson: Writing Poems
‘A workshop style handbook with exercises,’ Andy comments. ‘Write authentically, better, and genuinely say what needs to be said.’ Give it a whirl.

Natalie Goldberg: Writing Down The Bones
Andy says, ‘Whilst not poetry specific, this is poetry relevant and is a good motivator.’ Writing as a Zen meditation? Who knew? Well, when in Bali…

The Forward Book Of Poetry
Best poems from the prestigious Forward Prizes. ‘Get the most up to date edition possible,’ says our winning Poet.

Spoken Word Poetry On The Web

View Andy’s recommendations for poetry browsing all up on the interweb.

Buddy Wakefield

‘Hurling Crowbirds at Mockingbars’

Holly McNish




Anis Mojgani

‘Shake The Dust’

Kate Tempest


Toria Garbutt

‘Nowt Matters Now Mucker’

Andy Craven-Griffiths


Andy didn’t recommend his own poem, ‘Grandad’, we snook that in there for him. It’s definitely up there with the rest.

Poetry at Writing Retreat Bali

15 – 22 October, Ubud, Bali

Engage your writing with poetic flair. On retreat, Andy will help you get inventive. Articulate, embolden, emotify (we know) and finesse your craft. Illustrate, titillate and elevate your words with aesthetic and rhythmic ingenuity.

Poetry is one day of six in a week that delves into screenwriting, copywriting, journalism, novel writing and storytelling.

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