Glyn Maxwell talks about the cross over between writing poetry and plays. The key is to inhabit the whole world in order to make your character real.
Glyn Maxwell Reads Louise’s Monologue from Liberty
Be inspired and see what a range of voices is possible by reading the winning monologues from when the challenge first opened. Congratulations to Natasha Bailey, Joshua Kam, Dominic McGrath, Freya Wilson, Devawn Wilkinson, Iris Pearson, Tina Mander, Rachel Lewis, Rae Leaver and Mary Dodd for their brilliant writing!
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What is a Dramatic Monologue?
In poetry a dramatic monologue is a poem written from the point of view of a single person, who is definitely NOT the poet. The character speaks or thinks aloud, and often a whole story can be pieced together from the fragments they say.
To make your poem the best it can be, read our feature on re-writing your poem.
Glyn Maxwell is a critically-acclaimed poet, novelist and playwright. His collection The Breakage (1998) won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Nerve (2002) won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He has written a number of plays including Broken Journey (Time Out Critics’ Choice), The Lifeblood, Anyroad and The Only Girl in the World. His radio play, Childminders, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2002. He has also written opera libretti, including The Girl of Sand with composer Elena Langer, and a libretto based on Euripides’ The Birds with composer Ed Hughes which performed at the City of London Festival 2005. Blue Burneau (1994), his first novel, was short listed for the Whitbread First Novel Award. Glynn’s collection Hide Now was published in 2008, and shortlisted for the 2008 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2009 Forward Poetry Prize.
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Published December, 2011