Learn what classical mythology can do for your poems, and what benefits a contemporary context can bring to traditional tales.
What can re-telling myths teach us about ourselves? And about the world around us? How might we bring classical stories into a contemporary context, and what does this process reveal? On this course we will look at well-known Greek myths alongside some contemporary poems that re-investigate these narratives – including work by Ocean Vuong, Sandeep Parmar, Danez Smith, Margaret Atwood and Tarfia Faizullah – to explore what new perspectives on old stories can do for our writing. Join us for a mix of close reading, lively discussion and in-class exercises to rejuvenate your poetry with a mythical energy.
This course is a half-day workshop running 2 – 4.30pm on Saturday 7 April and is part of our Tutor Academy scheme. To find out more about the courses in the Tutor Academy, please see here.
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Cynthia Miller is a Malaysian-American poet and brand strategist. Her poems have been published in Primers Volume 2, The Emma Press Anthology of Love, Butchers Dog and Under the Radar, and shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of Verve, the Birmingham Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word.
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