Poetry Projects to Make and Do

Poetry Projects to Make and Do: new ways to create, share, and take poetry out into the world

Edited by Deborah Alma

ISBN: 978-1-913437-62-6

eISBN: 978-1-913437-63-3

Price: £16.99

Publication date: November 9th 2023

Format: Paperback / eBook


Poetry Projects to Make and Do is a ‘how to’ handbook of prompts, inspiration, ideas and essays designed to help both aspiring and established poets find ways not only to write poetry, but to take it out into the world through collaboration, projects, performances and more.


The book follows previous popular creative writing handbook titles for Nine Arches – The Craft, Why I Write Poetry and How to be a Poet, and is edited by Deborah Alma – aka The Emergency Poet and founder of the world’s first walk-in Poetry Pharmacy, based in Bishops Castle, Shropshire.


Deborah Alma is a poet, editor and teacher. She was the Emergency Poet offering poetry on prescription from her vintage ambulance. She co-founded the world’s first walk-in Poetry Pharmacy in Shropshire with her partner, the poet James Sheard, in 2019. A mix of the therapeutic and the theatrical, Deborah offers consultations and prescribes poems as cures. She is editor of Emergency Poet: an anti-stress poetry anthology#MeToo rallying against sexual harassment: a women’s poetry anthology, Ten Poems of Happiness and co-edited These Are the Hands-Poems from the Heart of the NHS with Dr Katie Amiel. Her first full collection Dirty Laundry is published by Nine Arches Press.

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