Creative Writing: Who Do You Think You Are?

89 TUTOR: Geraldine Gent (BA 2:1, MA)


Who we are, where we came from and how we shape our future are questions that have inspired my writing.If I know who I am in my own heart, I can be more at ease with my place in the world.We will look at the work of William Butler Yeats, Seamus HeaneyRoddy Doyle and Paula Meehan. This, together with back pages from The Sunday Times magazine, 'A life in the Day of...', will forma springboard towards lively discussion and inspiration for our own creativity.Our writing can be in any genre, short stories, poetry, factual or even the start of a novel.


Course Notes


William Butler Yeats has always been my favourite poet. Almost every day I see his influence on modern writers from journalists to poets, playwrights to novelists; the lyricism, rhythm and language of his poetry enchant me.

His work is concerned with identity, who we are, and the challenges faced by modern society.

William Butler Yeats


  • Sailing to Byzantium
  • The Second Coming
  • The Lake Isle of Innisfree
  • The Fisherman


Seamus Heaney


  • A selection of Poems taken from Death of a Naturalist


Roddy Doyle


  • Extracts from Paddy Clarke Ha Ha


Paula Meehan


  • A selection of poems taken from Mysteries of the Home


A life in the day of Back page of The Sunday Times

You will need to bring pen and paper or a laptop if you prefer.

I will supply copies of the texts

Looking forward to meeting with you.


Course Tutor

Geraldine Gent

BA 2:1, MA

About Geraldine


Geraldine taught English Literature for twenty years at a boy's grammar school in Kent; she was awarded the grade of 'Outstanding' from Ofsted. She has since completed an MA in Creative and Critical Writing specialising in the work of Elizabeth Bowen. Geraldine also wrote lesson plans for the BBC website.

She now loves teaching adults at Marlborough Summer School and promises to provide a stimulating and encouraging environment for all her participants.



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