Think mushroom thoughts and write a world springing back into life.
In the midst of the climate crisis, we need to re-think our relationship with the rest of the ‘web of life’, beyond a purely functional analysis of whether it is useful or profitable. In this class, we will use a blend of poetry, myth, and science to help us question the specious hard lines between humankind and nature, delving into that messy overlap for poetic inspiration. You will come away with a raft of new poetry drafts, ideas, and techniques for writing ecopoetry. We’ll focus on work that is celebratory, rebellious, irreverent, and that re-forges the sacred and the mythic in our relationship to nature.
For inspiration, we’ll look at the work of Kayo Chingonyi, John Keats, Natalie Diaz, Grace Nichols, sam sax, Ada Limón, Charles Causely, Christina Rosetti, Kathleen Jamie, and Kei Miller, amongst others; we’ll delve into eel life and the language of trees, look at legends of green men, river ghosts, and stories of how the whales became.
1 full-day session, running 10.30am–4.30pm (GMT), on 4 February 2023. This course will take place at Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA.
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About Eleanor Penny View Profile
Eleanor Penny is a writer based in London. She writes essays, journalism, fiction, and poetry. Her poetry pamphlet Mercy was published by flipped eye in June 2021. Awards for her poetry include the Verve Poetry Festival Prize 2020 and the Poetry London Prize, and she has been nominated for a Forward Prize 2021. She was a member of Barbican Young Poets, and was twice shortlisted for Young People’s Poet Laureate for London. She founded and hosts the poetry podcast Bedtime Stories for the End of the World, and is a Creative Writing Tutor at City Lit. She holds a London Writers Award in Literary Fiction.
‘Poetry School has opened up and welcomed me into a world I never anticipated. It has also encouraged me and made me realise my talents as a poet.’