Caledonia Dreamin’: Exploring Scotland’s Poetry

Caledonia Dreamin’: Exploring Scotland’s Poetry

Take a tour of Scottish poetry with expert guide, Richard Price.

*  To ensure the safety of our tutors and students, this course will take place on video-conferencing platform, ZOOM *

In this course, the class will read poems from a country that is both ‘of’ the British tradition and yet at times set apart from it: Scotland. We’ll think about Scottish poetry which reflects distinctively on ecological concerns, on fathers and mothers, and on how the political might find root in poetic approaches. We’ll look at an eclectic range, both canonical and left-of-field choices, from Burns’s ‘To A Mouse’ through other exceptional writers such as Hugh MacDiarmid, W.S. Graham, Margaret Tait, Tom Leonard, Edwin Morgan, Jackie Kay, and Nisha Ramayya.

We will use our reading and discussion to stimulate the writing of our own poems, reflecting on the ways that novel approaches to content and form in Scottish poetry can inspire us all to write new work. While the course will introduce (or re-introduce) Scottish poems, this is a practical course which will set writing tasks and generate new work, with the class workshopping the results together. No previous knowledge of Scottish poetry is necessary.

Saturdays 12 June & 3 July, 10:30 – 1pm. The course will take place using the video conferencing platform, Zoom.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

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About Richard Price View Profile

Richard Price is the author of the acclaimed Lucky Day, Moon for Sale, and the prize-winning Small World (all Carcanet). He recently published a book of essays on poetry, small presses, and artist’s books, Is This A Poem? (Molecular Press). “Poets have to be linguistic virtuosi, but I prefer them to be brilliant quietly. Richard Price’s poetry is inventive, sometimes dazzling, but never merely showy.” – Carol Rumens, The Guardian.

'Studying at the Poetry School gave me a greater breadth of poetry styles that I am conversant with I feel confident including in my repertoire. It has also made me happier to take risks with my writing knowing the feedback I receive will be constructive and informed.'

– Autumn 2020 survey response

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