Poetry & Mindfulness Uplift – 6 sessions Jan/Feb 2022

Take time out to recharge your energy and creativity. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and improve well-being, clarity, focus and creativity. I’ve thrown in a sprinkling of poetry and a session of writing together for a weekly uplift! Each session focuses on a theme to spur positive wellbeing, with a prompt for writing. Writing with mindfulness will give your writing a refreshing edge.

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Aussie & UK poets poetry showcase reading, featuring Sarah Holland-Batt, 10/10/21 FREE

Poets from UK & Australia with feature reader Sarah Holland-Batt, share their courageous connections with land and people through poetry. 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?  Free poetry reading.

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Poetry Masterclass: The Modern Ghazal with Mona Arshi 25/10/21

Explore one of the oldest poetic forms, the ghazal and what happens when it is transformed into the ‘postmodern.’ Can you adapt or repurpose the ghazal with contemporary Western poetics? Writing a ghazal takes you into a different terrain, culturally, musically and also in terms of  philosophy .What are the challenges that are brought to bear when Western poets take up the form in English? Mona will look at the foundations and philosophy of ghazals and explore a different ways that poets across the globe are reengaging with this mercurial form.

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Mindfulness and Poetry Uplift – Drop In Class

Take time out to recharge your energy and creativity.

Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and improve well-being, clarity, focus and creativity. I’ve thrown in a sprinkling of poetry for a weekly uplift!

Drop-in weekly half-hour sessions – and if you can, set aside 15mins after the session to write in your journal together (you’ll be given instruction).

WHEN?

Tuesdays 13th, 20th, 27th April

8am UK Time

3pm Western Australia

5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time

Meeting room opens 5 mins before the start. Arrive on time as the meeting room will close 5 mins after the start. Login to as many days as you wish. Bring a journal to write down your thoughts and writings.

Sign up below and you’ll receive joining instructions the day before.

COST

Pay before each session £5-10 GBP per session via this UK Paypal link OR $10- 20AUD per session via this Australian Paypal link.

Each focuses on a theme to spur positive well being and thriving creativity.

I’ve got so much out of these sessions; I’m really grateful. They’ve been amazing – so gentle and inspiring. The mindfulness and the poems are perfect together. Cath is so skilled at leading these sessions… and is very skillful at holding the space, so it doesn’t feel like an online meeting and much more like a real community. Naomi Woddis

Why Mindfulness?

Research has shown that the brain actually changes in response to regular mindfulness practice and that mindfulness can reduce stress and sometimes reduce physical pain, and boost happiness, creativity, memory and concentration. Mindfulness is recommended by the NHS. I have found it enriches and deepens my writing practice, and sparks new poems.

Mindfulness is a therapeutic technique that can help you manage and prevent feelings of depression, stress, anxiety, or discontent. It enables anyone who practices it to live a more attentive, appreciative and vibrant life. The University of Oxford, Mindfulness Centre.

I so loved your mindfulness and poetry sessions – they bring me to a place of contentment and quiet creativity. Virginia Gilmour

About Cath Drake:

Cath is an award-winning poet and nonfiction writer living in London. She teaches poetry, creative writing and mindfulness. She has practised meditation and mindfulness for over twenty years in Australia and UK (a team member for countless retreats and courses). She’s an active member of London Buddhist Centre where she set up monthly mindfulness and social action group. Cath trains with Breathworks mindfulness teacher training.

 

Poetry Masterclass Four – Poetry with Fire in its Belly with Malika Booker

Poetry with Fire in its Belly with Malika Booker Monday 12 April 2021

EVENT SOLD OUT

contact me to join the waiting list (more masterclasses are to come)

The winner of the 2020 Forward Prize for the best single poem (with a poem which focused on the death of her mother), Malika Booker is a poetry powerhouse. Spending time with her is always inspiring and will jettison your creativity and poetry to new places. She is well known for her passionate, direct, empathetic and emotionally intelligent poetry. She often tackles difficult, traumatic or taboo subjects. (Some of you came a reading she featured in that I hosted last year where she set our Zoom screen on fire.)

Malika will explore how to be bold, daring and to stay with your poems for longer with more depth. Learn from a poetry master on how you can write about weighty, political, social and often personally difficult issues with authenticity and passion.

Malika will look at examples of contemporary poetry tackling some of the major issues of our time. We will discuss how these poems give permission, as well as offer techniques in order to write your own poems of magnitude. She will explore how African and Caribbean writers use techniques to explore what is often hidden, unspoken and systemically oppressive. There will be some sharing (but particularly as you may write about things that are challenging for you in your notebooks, there is no pressure to share at all.)

More about Malika Booker

Malika Booker, is a poet, theatre-maker, performer and multi-disciplinary artist of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage. She is winner of a Society of Authors Cholmondeley Award for poetry. She has won and been shortlisted for the Forward Best Single Poem Prize. Her collection Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press) was shortlisted for the OCM Bocas and the Seamus Heaney Centre prize.

Limited to 14 people only. 2.5hrs long with a short break.

PLEASE NOTE TIMEZONES

Double check your timezones – UK 10.30am // Western Australia 5.30pm // Australian EST 7.30pm

A useful link for checking other time zones: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html

COST

£27GBP // $55AUD

LOCATION

Online on Zoom

Dive into Poetry – Foundation Workshop

What is poetry? What does it mean to you? How does it work? In this workshop we’ll look at some of the key aspects of reading and writing poetry. It’s for those who are relatively new to poetry or those who want to take a fresh or closer look at its foundations, key features and techniques. We discuss a range of different contemporary poems and what makes them work. We’ll have a go at writing poetry.

TIME:

10.30am UK // 5.30pm Western Standard Time Australia // 7.30pm Eastern Standard Time Australia

2.5 hours long, maximum 14 people

COST

£25 GBP / $45 AUD

NEXT STEPS:

After the foundation workshop you might choose to join a new monthly group HERE – just reading poetry together OR reading & writing together. I reckon it’s one of the most enjoyable and stimulating activities you can do! A regular group is one of the key things that has helped take my poetry much further and has given me some of my most fabulous friendships.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

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 and also a mindfulness teacher.

 

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.

Dive into Poetry – Ongoing Group

This is an ongoing group of 4 sessions that sold out but there is one spot left for the last two sessions 8th August & 12 Sept.

The most enjoyable way to share and learn poetry is in a regular small group. You can choose to do just the one hour monthly poetry reading group or you can choose the longer reading and writing poetry session monthly.

We have a place for one person to join for the last TWO workshops for someone who wants to read and write poetry. Ideal if you have a little bit of writing experience, or if you haven’t you should fit in fine too.

13 June, 11 July, 8 Aug, 12 Sept

10.30am UK // 5.30pm Western Standard Time Australia // 7.30pm Eastern Standard Time Australia

1 hour poetry reading group (you can choose just this half)

15 mins break

then 1.5 hours writing group, maximum 10 people (2.45 hours in total)

COST:

reading group only = £40 (all four sessions)
reading and writing = £100 (all four sessions)

£50 for the last two sessions

READING POETRY

In the first part of the workshop we will tackle a theme or poet each month with an inspiring batch of poems sent in advance. We’ll look in depth at the poems, poets and poetic technique with expert guidance. It’s an ideal ‘book club’ – you don’t need to read a whole book (although I can recommend books) and the discussions are rich and life-nurturing.

READING & WRITING POETRY

If you are interested in writing poetry as well, then after a 15mins break we write together and share our writing for 1.5 hours. Each week we will discuss approaches and techniques to writing poems, share our writing and you’ll be given an assignment for the following week. This is designed to kick off a poetry writing practice.

You can take these workshops whether or not you have done the foundation workshop, but you might want to consider doing the Foundation Workshop first (not essential).

 

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

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 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

 

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.