West Sussex Writers explore The Poetry Of Place/s

The Worthing-based West Sussex Writers meeting on March 11 will offer The Poetry Of Place/s, a workshop led by Catherine Smith for members via Zoom, starting at 7.30pm.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 11:05 am
Catherine Smith
Catherine Smith

Spokeswoman Cherrie Taylor said: “Poets and other writers have always evoked places – real, imagined, earthly, extraordinary. And there’s a rich imaginative seam to be tapped in our own memories of places, and in places, we have never been, but can imagine.

“Places aren’t just a setting or a backdrop where action happens. They can be imagined as characters in their own right, with their own agendas.

“In this workshop, we’ll look at some examples of poems evoking places and spaces (exterior and interior) and, through free-writing and other writing games/techniques, we’ll generate drafts of our own poems. Bring an open mind – no actual travel documents/passport needed!”

Catherine Smith is a writer, performer and teacher. Her first short poetry collection, The New Bride (Smith/Doorstop), was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, 2001. Her first full-length collection, The Butcher’s Hands, (Smith/Doorstop) was short-listed for the Aldeburgh/Jerwood Prize, 2004. In 2004 she was voted one of Mslexia’s Top Ten UK Women Poets and one of the 20 most exhilarating poets of her generation in the PBS/Arts Council Next Generation promotion.

Cherrie added: “This meeting is online via Zoom and open to members and guests only.” New members are welcome. Visit http://www.westsussexwriters.co.uk.