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Courageous Connections Between Land & People 1, writing in the Anthropocene with Cath Drake 20/9/21

Writing the Emergency

We’re facing vast human-caused changes to our planet in our lifetimes from climate change and environmental decline with all the worry and uncertainty it brings. We’re going to need understanding, solace and radical new ways of seeing, thinking and acting into the future.

This is the first workshop in a series (each independently booked) expressing what we are facing in order to then re-invent new ways of seeing, thinking and living with our planet as part of nature.

We’ll use a range of prompts, including contemporary poetry, quotes and provocative questioning. It will be fairly fast-paced with some group discussions.

This workshop is for poets, but also non-fiction and fiction writers, ideally with some previous experience of writing. If you’re fairly new to writing it should still be very enjoyable and useful, but note, this isn’t an introduction to writing course.

There will be a longer batch of workshops in 2022 and perhaps an ongoing group.

A poetry feedback workshop is recommended to hone your work.

Australian Cath Drake’s collection The Shaking City (Seren Books), highly commended in the 2020 Forward Prizes, was described by Philip Gross as ‘a guide to staying clear-eyed, combative and caring in unsettling times.’. It follows Sleeping with Rivers which won the Seren/Mslexia poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice. Cath’s prizes include a second in the 2017 Resurgence Poetry School eco-poetry prize (now called Ginkgo) and highly commended in 2019. She teaches writing in the UK, Australia and online. She’s an award-winning journalist and nonfiction writer with a specialism in environmental issues, holding a post graduate qualification in environmental science. Cath is also a mindfulness teacher.


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Monday 20th September,  start time 10am UK //  5pm Perth, Australia // 7pm Australian EST
I recommend honing a piece and signing up to the up to a poetry feedback taster session.

2.5 hours long

Max. 14 people

£25 GBP (exchange rate automatically calculated by STRIPE)

Part of the UK/Australia Season of Culture: Who are we now? How can we describe, challenge or create new connections with our land and people in the 2020s?

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Sep 20 2021

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 20 2021




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