Being Creaturely

Being Creaturely

Indulge your animal fascinations and explore the diverse world of ‘creaturely’ poetry.

In this workshop we will ask why animals remain a recurrent theme in modern poetry – briefly stopping to listen to Ted Hughes’s views – before taking a fresh look at creatures in a broad selection of inspiring and original poems, including Norman MacCaig, Margaret Atwood, Selima Hill, Ruby Robinson, Roy Marshall, Elizabeth Bishop, William Carlos Williams and John Daniel. Using some simple visual tools we will investigate what makes these poems successful, and consider how they create poetic ‘torque’ for their readers. We will also have the opportunity to create our own creaturely writing, experimenting with the techniques discovered in the session and being led by our own animal fascinations and preoccupations.

This course is a half-day workshop running 10.30am – 1pm on Saturday 21 April and is part of our Tutor Academy scheme. To find out more about the courses in the Tutor Academy, please see here.

Image credit: ‘Shek Graham’

About Elaine Baker View Profile

Elaine Baker comes from rural south Oxfordshire and is in her second year on the Writing Poetry MA at The Poetry School. She was a Mslexia Poetry 2017 finalist and her poetry has appeared in various publications, such as Brittle Star and The North. Elaine has worked both with adults and young people in a wide variety of settings, including centres for the homeless and state schools. She is currently Patron of Writing at Didcot Girls’ School and blogs about inspiring young writers at You can follow her on Twitter @kitespotter.

‘The Poetry School has helped me create work which has gone on to be published. It has helped me to improve and to gain confidence as both a writer and reader of poetry. And it has made me feel part of a wider community of poets and poetry lovers.’

– Autumn 2017 Survey response

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