Consider contrasting approaches to writing the turbulence of lived experience and consider the thorny matters of risks, rights and responsibilities in disclosure.
Setting aside the loaded and frequently reductive term ‘confessional’ – contemporary poetry’s own kryptonite – this workshop challenges the notion that there’s anything artless in shaping compelling autobiographical narratives. Taking as our starting point selected examples from some of the finest poets, we’ll consider contrasting approaches to setting down the turbulence of lived experience on the page – discovering, in the process, how we can create the best poetry from the story of ourselves. We’ll also consider the thorny matters of risks, rights and responsibilities in disclosure – and how we can harness individual experience to probe universal themes of injustice, suffering, loss and – ultimately – survival. This workshop is suitable for anyone seeking routes into crafting more personal subject matter or looking to broaden their perspectives on the achievements of the autobiographical in poetry.
This is a half-day workshop running 14:00 –16:30 on Thursday July 27th.
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Kathryn Gray’s The Never-Never was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her articles and reviews have been published widely, and she has contributed to several arts programmes for the BBC, including ‘A Poet’s Guide to Britain’. She is a former editor of Wales’s leading literary journal, New Welsh Review, and Welsh indie-press Parthian Books. Her latest publication of poems is a pamphlet, Flowers, from Rack Press.
Without the poetry school I would never have had the nerve publish my poetry.