Plant Whispering: A Ginkgo Prize Workshop for National Writing Day

Plant Whispering: A Ginkgo Prize Workshop for National Writing Day

Investigate the fruitful crossover of poetry and plants in this free Ginkgo Prize workshop to celebrate National Writing Day

“Poetic knowledge is born in the silence of scientific knowledge […] To put it another way, poetry is a blossoming” (Aimé Césaire).

In this workshop, investigating the fruitful crossover between poetry and plants, we’ll step into the shoes of the plant-whisperer, unravelling the possibility of a poetic parallel universe. From Norse Mythology where man and woman were made from two trees, to Greek legend where Daphne escapes Apollo by turning into a tree, the intimate relation between humans and creatures of the plant world have been inspiring creative minds for centuries. Embracing a notion of place as porous and relational, we’ll explore an extended sense of self as it buffers against these surroundings. We’ll focus on contemporary work by Alice Oswald, Alison Brackenbury, David Morley, Louise Gluck and address some critical ideas. As part of the writing prompts, we’ll use a unique scientific instrument able to perceive the electromagnetic variations from the surface of plant leaves to the root system and translate them into music. This workshop will spark an exciting new level of discussion about the consciousness of nature.and decompose modes of writing.

Wednesday 26 June, 10:30 – 13:00. The Poetry School, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 2XU. 

The Ginkgo Prize, organised by the Poetry School, is the world’s largest prize for ecopoetry. National Writing Day 2019 is 26 June.

About Jade Cuttle View Profile

Jade Cuttle graduated from the University of Cambridge with First-Class Honours in Literature, going on to undertake an MA in Poetry at the University of East Anglia. A Poetry Editor at Ambit, she is judging the Costa Book Awards 2019. Selected by Ledbury Poetry Festival as an Emerging Critic and winning Best Reviewer (Editor’s Choice) in the 2018 Saboteur Awards, Jade has written for the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the Spectator, the Times & The Sunday Times, the Observer, BBC Radio 3, BBC Proms, the Poetry Review and elsewhere. She has supported Sir David Attenborough and will release an album of nature-inspired poem-songs this year with funding and support from PRS Foundation. www.jadecuttle.com

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