Dive into Poetry: reading & writing poetry, May, June & July
Three sessions of reading and writing together. The most enjoyable way to share and learn poetry is in a regular small group. In the first hour of these workshops we’ll discuss an inspiring themed batch of poems sent in advance with a particular theme. We’ll look in depth at the poems and poetic techniques with expert guidance. The discussions in themselves are rich and life-enhancing.
Then, after a short break, we’ll write together inspired by the poems and share our writing.
These workshops are designed to help you develop a regular poetry reading and writing practice for those relatively new to poetry – but those who have been writing for a while will also find poems to enjoy and rich poetry prompts.
Poetry enriches our lives. It helps us express our shared humanity. Conversations about poetry are some of the most rewarding and enjoyable I’ve ever had.
12th June: Past Invention – how do we find meaning and make new meaning from the past? What we remember matters. What is left out also matters.
17th July: We’ll be taking in the Climate of Change Poetry Challenge. Looking at themes around climate change can be difficult, complex, painful, overwhelming to explore on your own – I hope that together it is enjoyable, nurturing, productive.
COST & TIMING
One session left on 17th July Cost GBP £27 (cost effective conversion automatically via STRIPE)
Contact me if you have any questions. More sessions to be announced soon.
Time in UK: 10.30am to 1pm
Time in Perth, Australia: 5.30pm to 8pm
Time in Sydney AEST: 7.30pm to 10pm
A useful link for checking other timezones: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html
2.5hours for each session
maximum 12 people
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Australian Cath Drake’s collection ‘The Shaking City’ (Seren Books) was highly commended in the 2020 Forward Prizes, longlisted in the international Laurel Prize and described by TS Eliot winner 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 and also a mindfulness teacher.
… a good poem creates an enchantment … a sudden surge of curiosity, interest, emotion, a momentary spell of heightened awareness, heightened emotional vulnerability, heightened imaginative sensitivity … I try to create a room in which something important is happening, will happen or has happened.
Poet, Dana Gioia