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The Ecology of Eclogues, poetry masterclass with John Kinsella, 18/8/24

Learn about the Eclogue, traditionally a pastoral form that sets up competing viewpoints or dialogue and dates back to Greek poet, Theocritus.

Leading Australian writer and long term environmental poet and activist, John Kinsella will apply this wonderfully expansive form to the contemporary anti-pastoral. He will draw on a wide variety of approaches from the lyrical to the more experimental.  Explore historical examples of the eclogue, including the work of Virgil, plus many pieces from John’s recent poetry collection, The Pastoraclasm (Salt, 2023) . Write your own Eclogue with John.  The voices in your poems might be, contesting voices, for example, an environmentalist and an industrialist, a walker and a property owner, an official and a climate protester.

Timing and Cost

Sunday, 18th August

10am UK time // 5pm Perth Australia // 6.30pm Adelaide  // 6.30pm  Darwin // 7pm Brisbane //  Sydney 7pm

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2.5 hours long

Cost £30 GBP (with cost effective exchange via STRIPE)

Online on Zoom – these masterclasses are small groups, maximum 23 – one screen.

About John Kinsella

John Kinsella is the author of over seventy books of poetry, fiction, criticism, plays, edited works (such as The Penguin Book of Australian Poetry), and collaborative works. The three volumes of his Australian collected poems are The Ascension of Sheep (UWAP, 2022), Harsh Hakea (UWAP, 2023) and Spirals (UWAP, 2024). Other poetry books include Drowning in Wheat: selected poems (Picador, 2016), The Pastoraclasm (Salt, 2023) and Graphologies (Arc, 2023). A frequent collaborator with other poets, writers, artist, musicians, and activists, he lives on Ballardong Noongar land at ‘Jam Tree Gully’ in the Western Australian wheatbelt. A recent collaboration with Kwame Dawes is UnHistory (Peepal Tree, 2022) and with Charmaine Papertalk Green is Art (Magabala, 2022). In 2007 he received the Christopher Brennan Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry. He is a committed environmental and rights activist.


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Aug 18 2024


10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Aug 18 2024
  • Time: 5:00 AM - 7:30 AM




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