Geologic Encounters

Geologic Encounters

Unravel a stone in this poetry and illustration workshop, to see what you can find at its heart

A stone is a knot of earthy relationships. On the one hand, its chunky materiality tugs us towards echoey expanses of geological time. Weighing the same stone in the other hand, we notice the fray of texture and shape or even a smell which ties the rock back to our own relationships with the land, our memories and personal encounters. In this workshop, we will furtle below the surface of a stone, to find what lies at its heart. To do this we will combine visual and textual modes of working, exploring the physical action of making a line, a tone, a form in an image at the same time as language. You will be provided with your own stone and your tutors, poet Holly Corfield Carr and illustrator Rose Ferraby, will guide playful and adventurous expeditions across these pocket-sized and portable landscapes. We welcome those of all skills and experience levels. All materials and stones will be provided.

Saturday 12 October, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

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

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).
Please contact for further information.
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About Holly Corfield Carr & Rose Ferraby View Profile

Holly Corfield Carr makes poems, books, and performances for museums, galleries, and sites across the UK, including an orchard, an eighteenth-century crystal grotto, and a passenger ferry called Matilda. She has worked as poet-in-residence for the Wordsworth Trust, Spike Island, and the National Trust, and currently researches site-specific writing practices at the University of Cambridge. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012 and won the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015. Her most recent publications are Subsong and Indifferent Cresses, both published by the National Trust in 2018.

Rose Ferraby is interested in the relationships we have with landscape. She works as an artist, archaeologist, and cultural geologist, using these different approaches to explore and narrate sub-surface worlds. Combining arts practice with ideas of narrative and storytelling, she has recently created artworks for the British Museum and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge. Rose published Stonework with Mark Edmonds in 2013, using poetry and printmaking to explore Neolithic stone. She is an illustrator for Guillemot Press and won the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Illustration in 2017 for the Tender Map by Melanie Challenger.

‘There is no poetry community where I live, but these courses have given me access to a busy, responsive, energetic and generous community which has completely changed my writing life in a multitude of wonderful ways.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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