Left Bank Forum for Writers (and Aspiring Writers) presents:

Poetry Workshop with Sue Proffitt


Saturday 14 March 2020
10 am - 4 pm
Amrita Room, on the first floor



£20 to regular Left Bankers or their loved ones
£25 for guests who are very welcome to attend
2 Bursaries available - please apply to Michael at the email address below


An intensive day to deeply immerse yourself in the world of poetry and poetry writing with Sue. There will be plenty of opportunities for reading poems, discussion, reflection, questions and of course writing your own work.

Sue Proffitt has worked as a psychotherapist, teacher, actor, waitress, gardener and shop assistant. She’s written poetry all her life and feels it’s about time she started to do what she has always wanted to do, which is write for a living! How successful or not she’ll be is as yet unknown. She lives in South Devon, and her deepest love is for the more-than-human world: the animals, plants and wild land / sea around her. For her nature is sacred: not in a ‘religious’ sense, but in the sense that being outside connects her most closely with her own spirit and the interconnectedness of all life.

Sue’s first collection, ‘Open After Dark,’ (Oversteps) was published in 2017. Her new book ‘The Lock Picker,’ has been longlisted for the 2019 International Beverly Prize for literature (Eyewear Publishing) and will focus on the last ten years of accompanying her mother into dementia. Dementia is very much in the zeitgeist, and this collection of poems is an unafraid exploration of what it is like to move into a world where memory, identity, history and personality all fade away – and what’s left when these core constituents of what we might call ‘the self’ have gone.


Contact Michael Elsmere to book:
01803 732761


About Left Bank monthly Saturday sessions:
During the 1920/30s the Left Bank in Paris became a mecca for writers such as Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Anais Nin, Jean Rhys, Ford Maddox Ford and Henry Miller. Here amidst the warren of streets with their numerous bars, cafes and cheap apartments they could discuss, drink, gossip, inspire each other and of course write. Left Bank at Harbour House is an attempt to create, in part, this informal atmosphere and creative ferment! The three hour sessions on Saturday mornings will provide information, inspiration and the supportive company of other writers.