Workshops at Exeter Poetry Festival 2017: book early to avoid disappointment
The voices of poetry today are diverse, dynamic and sometimes perplexing. This workshop offers readers of poetry an opportunity to consider examples of the work of some of our festival poets with particular reference to voice and form. It is suitable both for those wishing to gain a greater understanding of how to engage with contemporary poetry and for the more experienced reader. As readers we will find our own responses to these poems and the voices that speak from them. This is not a writing workshop, though it may give rise to new poems of your own and prompts arising from our reading may be given.
Chrissy Banks lives in Exeter. Her poems have been published widely in magazines and anthologies. A collection, Days of Fire and Flood, was published by original plus in 2005. She has recently written poems for the Trios project with photographers, poets and painters, forming a touring exhibition in 2017. This year she was shortlisted in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and won second prize in the Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Competition.
Event: SET A POEM FREE: FAMILY WORKSHOP WITH LIZ BROWNLEE AND JAN DEAN
Date: Saturday 30th September
Time: 11.00 – 16.00
Venue: EXETER CENTRAL LIBRARY
Set a Poem Free. Family poetry workshop. Liz Brownlee and Jan Dean. Exeter Central Library, Children’s Library, Drop-in 11am – 4 pm. Come along and discover the wonderful world of poem-writing – featuring Giant Magnetic Poetry and the Poetree.
In Praise Of Brevity; a poetry writing workshop led by Sue Boyle. Bookable via the Phoenix box office, places limited to 12.
In poetry, less is (almost) always more. The poems which sing longest and deepest in our memories are often short, but they are also very often the poems which seem to have the most challenging and abiding things to say. How do good writers achieve this? What magic do they work with words? Could we begin to learn to do the same? A workshop to inspire poets of all persuasions and abilities to discover the power that can be released when their already good writing is pared back to the bone. .
Poet and poetry events organiser Sue Boyle runs regular six-hour Writing Days in Bath which attract writers from across the West Country and are regularly overbooked. Sue’s first collection of poems, Too Late for the Love Hotel, was one of the winners in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition in 2010. Her second, Safe Passage, was published by Oversteps Books in 2015. Her plays have been produced at festivals in Taunton and Torbay. Her poem ‘A Leisure Centre is Also a Temple of Learning’ is a Forward Poem of the Decade. It has been performed by Cerys Matthews and is on the current A Level syllabus. She also programmes the annual World War One Commemoration at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution in Queen Square.