Home to Roost: Ornithology Studio

Home to Roost: Ornithology Studio

Explore poetry's many fascinations with birds, from flight to song

Why are poets so fascinated with birds? Adam O’Riordan suggests: ‘birds provide a natural metaphor for the song all poets aspire to. We envy them their ease of expression, as their song provides a bridge into the mysteries of a world the animal in us fondly half-remembers’.  This course brings the feathered to the forefront, no longer a handy metaphor or a part of the scenery. Too long have birds lurked in the background of our nature poems, twittering and chirruping. On this short Studio course we will explore the things that define birds; their songs, their migrations, their flight. We will see if we can adopt a more birdlike view of the world in order to sing with them. And we will examine the ways they live alongside us; whether it’s blue tits on the bird feeder or pigeons eating dropped takeaways. Featuring poems by Richard Price, Liz Berry, Kay Ryan, Katherine Towers and AB Jackson.

Studios are three week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students.

For more information visit our Online 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 administration@poetryschool.com for further information.
Image Credit: Jason Riedy

About Suzannah Evans View Profile

Suzannah Evans lives in Sheffield and her pamphlet Confusion Species was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business book and pamphlet competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. She has had poems published in The Rialto, The North, Magma and The Poetry Review and her poem ‘Helpline’ has been ‘Poem of the Week’ on the Guardian website. She has been a Hawthornden fellow and was one of the 2015 Aldeburgh Eight. Suzannah works as a teacher of creative writing and a poetry editor. As a teenager she had an obsessive fear of the apocalypse which has informed and inspired many of her poems, and she still doesn’t know whether it’s best to plan responsibly for the future or party like it’s 1999. Suzannah is the winner of a Gladstone’s Library residency for 2019 with Near Future.

‘I never realised I was ‘passionate about words’ before until our tutor described us, our group, as ‘obviously’ like this. It was a lightbulb moment!’

– Spring 2019 survey response

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