Writing on Trees

Writing on Trees

‘It takes a kind of courage to write simply about trees.’

As someone said about John Ashbery, ‘It takes a kind of courage to write simply about trees.’ Trees offer themselves almost too easily to poets. Spanning centuries, putting down roots, returning to life in the spring, branching out, bearing fruit, sheltering fairy-tale children, they seem to turn into metaphors while they’re still in the ground. Can we find a way to let trees simply be trees as well as everything else? We will look at some of the things that have been done, by John Ashbery, Robert Frost, Seamus Heaney, Charlotte Mew and others, and then write and discuss our own tree poems.

One all-day workshop on Saturday 31 March 10:30am – 4:30pm.

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(Image: ‘Ashley Van Haeften’)

About Laura Scott View Profile

Laura Scott grew up in London but now lives in Norwich. She won the 2015 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and the 2014 Michael Marks Prize for her pamphlet What I Saw. Her poems have appeared in various magazines including PN Review, Oxford Poetry and Poetry Review, and she is one of the poets featured in the forthcoming Carcanet New Poetries VII.

This was my first workshop at the Poetry School, but I can already see the difference in my writing -it has opened my eyes to greater possibilities where writing is concerned.

Summer 2017 Survey response

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