Take a walk on the wild side and explore the diverse world of contemporary nature and eco-poetry with Fiona Benson

Join us in Exeter for five workshops exploring the diverse world of contemporary nature and eco-poetry. We will look at ecocentric poems originating from both sides of the Atlantic and use them as stepping-off points for new work of our own. This course will include poetry-making in the dindsenchas or place-name tradition, as well as the writing of poetry maps and poems of encounter with the other-than-human world. We will work on poems of active and political environmentalism, writing towards vanishing landscapes and territories, and engage with more formally experimental ecological poetry. It promises to be a wild ride (take a walk on the wild side)…

5 fortnightly sessions on Thursdays, 7pm – 9pm, starting 11th May.

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Fiona Benson was born in Wroughton in 1978 and began keeping a poetry notebook at 17. Suddenly, she has said, poetry ‘seemed permissible and possible’. In 2006 Benson won an Eric Gregory Award and a Faber New Poets Award. Her collection Bright Travellers came out from Jonathan Cape in 2014. Fiona has taught several courses with the poetry school so far, including the “Pan-American Road Trip” (!) and “Finding your Voice”.

I love the poetry school courses – they always inspire me to write more and I discover wonderful poets in the poems which tutors provide for discussion and as prompts and inspiration.

– Evaluation Summer 2015 Survey Response

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