Centring Our Environments

Centring Our Environments

A free workshop to celebrate National Writing Day, and the launch of our Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry.

Humans try to feel themselves into the ways of being of other creatures. If there’s no escaping our acculturation and embodiment, what options exist for the writer? We’ll try de-centering ourselves while centring our environments. Nicholas Laughlin’s travelling lyrics and Loretta Collins-Klobah’s long-form hurricane witness will offer models for this.

A half-day workshop, 14:00 – 16:30 at the Poetry School, Canada Water.

The Ginkgo Prize is a major international ecopoetry prize organised by the Poetry School and funded by the Edward Goldsmith Foundation.

National Writing Day is an annual celebratory project designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. The message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power.

National Writing Day aims to inspire creative writing on a grand scale – young people are more inclined to write creatively if they see adults around them doing so and writing can benefit people of all ages. National Writing Day welcomes participation from any individual or group, regardless of age, gender, and cultural or economic backgrounds. It takes place this year on Wednesday June 27th and encourages all forms of writing and people to join in via a programme of public, educational and online activities.


About Vahni Capildeo View Profile

Vahni Capildeo‘s collection Measures of Expatriation won the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Collection, and their collection Venus as a Bear is currently shortlisted for the 2018 Forward Prize. A Rhodes Scholar, Capildeo has been the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellow at Cambridge, and is currently the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at Leeds University. Their most recent collection centres on ‘the inanimate and non-human, tenderly disclosing their forms of sentience’.

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