In Writing Poetry - a practical guide, Julia Casterton draws on her experience as a poet and teacher of poetry to provide a step-by-step guide through the fascinating world of poems. She takes the reader from earliest times up to the present, from Japan, the Middle East, Europe and America, through most of the major poetic forms, charting how poetry has changed under the pressures of different historical, social and political conditions.
Julia Casterton has worked with poets for many years, developing with them the voices and forms of poetry. She has organized and participated in poetry festivals, competitions, magazines, and is continually working with the groups that keep poetry going. Her latest book of poems is The Doves of Finisterre [Rialto].