Families & Other Animals (Exeter)

Families & Other Animals (Exeter)

Develop innovative and exciting poems from real life experiences

Looking at poems by Selima Hill, William Carlos Williams, Pascale Petit, and Matthew Sweeney (and others) we will explore ways of transforming the stuff of experience into poems that resonate. The five sessions will focus on what we know: family, things handed down to us, creatures in our lives (both actual and mythological), and will explore metaphors that emerge unexpectedly when poets start to observe. A variety of starting-points will be offered each session and there will be the opportunity to receive feedback on new poems generated in workshop time. As Selima Hill wrote: I take what the world throws at me, and spin, twist, skim, fly, flip, throw it back.

5 fortnightly sessions on Tuesdays, 6.45–8.45pm. 15 October, 29 October, 12 November, 26 November, 10 December.

All sessions will be at Exeter Community Centre, 17 St. Davids Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG.

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 Rebecca Gethin View Profile

Rebecca Gethin has 5 poetry publications with Cinnamon Press, Oversteps Books, and Three Drops Press. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow and undertook a residency at Brisons Veor. Her pamphlet Messages was a winner in the Coast to Coast to Coast competition and was published as a limited edition, stitched booklet. Vanishings is forthcoming from Palewell Press. New work has appeared in various poetry magazines such as Butcher’s Dog; Ink, Sweat & Tears; Finished Creatures and in anthologies such as For the Silent and Her Wings of Glass. Her website is www.rebeccagethin.wordpress.com

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