Voices of the Sea

Voices of the Sea

Join us on a voyage into the blue, as we dive to the Marianas Trench, spot white whales, and attempt to clean up the Pacific trash vortex.

The sea has always fascinated us – it represents another world, the unknown. Much has been written about it, from the ancient Greeks to today, and now, in an age of climate change and environmental damage, the sea and its inhabitants are on the front line. Over five sessions we will explore different approaches to oceanic writing, including:

  • The sea seen from land by the human onlooker, throughout history and today
  • The sea as symbol, myth, and human unconscious
  • Creatures of the sea
  • Marine Ecopoetry
  • Cross-currents – relationships between the four approaches

Throughout the course we will read from poets including John Keats, Matthew Arnold, Elisabeth Bishop, Ted Hughes, W.S. Merwin, Derek Walcott, Helen Dunmore, Alice Oswald, and Kathleen Jamie, amongst others, to inspire new poetry of your own.

5 fortnightly sessions on Tuesdays, 7–9pm, starting 12 May.

All sessions will be at Exeter Community Centre, 17 St. Davids Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

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About Jennie Osborne View Profile

Jennie Osborne lives between Dartmoor and the sea, and is one of the organisers of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival. She is a member of Moor Poets and Two Rivers poets and gives readings and workshops around the South West. She has two collections from Oversteps Books, How to be Naked (2010) and Colouring Outside the Lines (2015). She has a particular interest in collaboration with visual artists, and her current work is driven by awareness of environmental crisis.

‘I am thrilled to be part of a community of poets. The Poetry School has given me back a part of myself that I had forgotten. It has brought back my creative side.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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