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Environmental perspectives in Hughes, Heaney & Beyond, Yvonne Reddick 18/9/23

How can we think more deeply about how we use environmental language and approach environmental poetry to create the cultural change we need in this current environmental crisis?

How do poems reveal and challenge relationships with nature and encourage increasing awareness of nuance in the context of the Anthropocene and decolonial thought? How can we be more aware of unhelpful anthropocentric or outmoded perspectives? How can language reconfigure human-centred ways of thinking?

Yvonne will lead you through close readings of how the poetry of Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney, poetry giants of their time, developed environmental sensibilities and championed environmental causes,  although their engagement with the environment was often complicated. She’ll draw on her monograph Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet (Palgrave, 2017) to show how Hughes’s environmental perspectives developed over his life’s work. She’ll compare some of his poems with Heaney’s ecopoetry, and with a contemporary example.  Her new book, ‘Burning Season’ has just been published by Bloodaxe!

Yvonne will also lead a short writing task to exercise your knowledge and awareness gleaned from the close readings.

Timing and Cost

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

Monday 18th September

One hour and 45mins long

Cost £15GBP (it fluctuates a little right now but, under $30AUD with cost effective exchange via STRIPE)

Maximum 22 people

Online on Zoom

About Dr Yvonne Reddick

Yvonne Reddick is a poet, nature writer and researcher. Her books include Burning Season (Bloodaxe, 2023), Anthropocene Poetry (Palgrave, forthcoming 2023) and Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet (Palgrave, 2017).  Her poetry has appeared in The Guardian Review and The New Statesman, and been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC North West Tonight. She is the recipient of literary awards from the Poetry Society, New Writing North and Creative Future. Her recent work focuses on climate change; new projects include a nature writing memoir, Fire on Winter Hill, and a wildlife documentary, Searching for Snow Hares, with wildlife filmmaker Aleksander Domanski.

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Sep 18 2023


10:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 18 2023
  • Time: 5:00 AM - 6:45 AM




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