Poetry of Place, Masterclass with Judith Beveridge, 30/1/23
For so many poets, place is a tremendous point of inspiration. We are all formed by the landscapes and cityscapes with which we have interacted. Knowing a place well will give the poet powerful images, metaphors, and symbols. The American poet Maxine Kumin said: ‘In a poem one can use a sense of pace as an anchor for larger concerns, as a link between narrow details and global realities. Location is where we start from.’
It is the poet’s job to clothe a place in reminiscence, intimations of its history and give place imaginative power. Place needs to become a bearer of human feeling. Ambiguous feelings about place can enable the poem to embody a problem and represent an emotional or moral quarrel within the poet. Place always provides a point of exchange. We will look at poems by Philip Hodgins, Charles Wright, Sarah Holland-Batt, Anthony Lawrence, and Elizabeth Bishop to explore the power of place.
This workshop focuses on teaching, close reading and discussion (not writing poems during the session).
Timing and Cost
9am UK time // 5pm Perth Australia // 7.30pm Adelaide // 6.30pm Darwin // 8pm Sydney // 7pm Brisbane
A useful link for checking other timezones: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html
Monday 30th January
1.5 hour long
(This is s shorter masterclass whilst Aussie & UK timeframes are further apart in summer/winter)
Cost £20 GBP (under $40AUD with cost effective exchange via STRIPE)
Maximum 20 people
Online on Zoom
About Judith Beveridge
Judith Beveridge lives in Sydney, Australia. She has published seven volumes of poetry all of which have won or been short-listed for major prizes. Her latest volume, Sun Music: New and Selected Poems (Giramondo, 2018), won the Prime Minister’s Poetry Prize in 2019. She has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies including Contemporary Australian Poetry, (Puncher & Wattmann 2016). She was poetry editor for the literary magazine Meanjin from 2005-2016. Her work has been studied in schools and universities and translated into many languages. She taught poetry writing at post-graduate level for many years at the University of Sydney and continues to work in the community. She is a recipient of the Philip Hodgins Memoria Medal and the Christopher Brennan Award for excellence in literature