Poetry and The Natural World

Poetry and The Natural World

How do we write poems about a natural world that is under threat?

Poets have been writing about nature since poetry began, but for many people nature poems are held up as examples of poetry’s irrelevance. For others, in a time of environmental crisis, poetry might just save the world.

How do we write poems about a natural world that is under threat? Over five weeks we will read and discuss contemporary poets whose work illustrates different approaches to nature poetry, and use exercises to get started on nature poems of our own. Whether you already write about nature and the landscape, are looking for something to add a new dimension to your writing, or are a complete beginner, we will look at how we can use poetry to re-engage with the world around us.

5 weekly sessions on Mondays, 7pm – 9pm, starts 12th June.

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Andrew Forster is a poet and literature development worker. Originally from South Yorkshire he lived in Scotland for 20 years before moving to Cumbria in 2008. He worked in social care for 14 years, latterly managing housing projects for adults with learning disabilities, before working full-time in literature from 1998. He worked for five years as Literature Development Officer for Dumfries & Galloway Arts Association and for seven years as Literature Officer at the Wordsworth Trust. His poems, essays and reviews of poetry have appeared in literary magazines. since 1993. He was awarded Scottish Arts Council writer’s bursaries in 1998 and 2002, and a Northern Writers’ Award in 2014. In 2008 he completed an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, passing with distinction and winning the Michael Schmidt Prize for the Outstanding Portfolio. He has published three full-length collections of poetry: Fear of Thunder (Flambard 2007), Territory (Flambard 2010) andHomecoming (Smith Doorstop 2014) . Fear of Thunder This was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2008, and two poems from it Horse Whisperer and Brothers, were included in the AQA GCSE syllabus from 2010 to 2015. He currently teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University where he is researching for a PhD in Poetry and Environmentalism.

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