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Billy Collins: Poetry Masterclass

  • The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre 9 Market Street Armagh, Northern Ireland, BT61 7BW United Kingdom (map)

'The most popular poet in America', according to the New York Times, Billy Collins, born in New York City, has been awarded major prizes, fellowships & distinguished professorships by a number of universities as well as having served two terms as US Poet Laureate. The Rain in Portugal (Random House, 2016) continues to enjoy the popularity and sales success of his previous 14 collections of poetry, all of which have met with increasing critical acclaim.

This event presents an exciting opportunity to work closely with the prize-winning poet.


  • To be considered for the Masterclass, please send three poems that you feel best represent your current artistic practice.

  • Poems should be emailed to by 5pm on Friday 21st June.

  • The subject of the email should read: COLLINS MASTERCLASS.

  • Do not include the poems in the body of the email. Instead, include the poems in a Word or PDF attachment. 

  • Applications will be anonymised: do not include your name anywhere on the attached submission. Biographical information or publication history is not required.

  • Applicants will be selected purely on the merits and potential of the poems they submit, demonstrating clear engagement with contemporary poetic practice.

  • ESSENTIAL: indicate within the Word or PDF document which one of the three poems you would like to be considered for the workshop. Billy Collins will receive this poem in advance and only this poem can be presented in the workshop.

  • Applicants will be notified by Friday 28th June as to the success of their submission.

  • Masterclass admission fee: £30

  • Confirmation of attendance will be required by Wednesday 3rd July.

  • Reserve candidates will be notified after this date if places become available.

  • Maximum of 12 participants.

 * Please note that due to limited places available the masterclass is not included in the Weekly Ticket or Bursary.