In this time of climate emergency, species extinction and pandemic, how can we respond as poets and writers? When humanity’s impact on the planet can be seen and felt all around us, and when our world shrinks to the size of our home and yard, what use is poetry and words? Should we write elegies that mourn for the species, people and places that have and will be lost? Should we use poetry and prose to inspire hope or imagine new ways of living in the world? Or should our writing be a call to action, expressing our anger at political obstinacy on climate action and the need for change?
This workshop will explore how poetry and poetic prose can help us make sense of what is happening to our planet and the landscapes we call home. Through interweaving our emotional responses with ecological and political observations, we can create works that respond in a variety of ways to the precarious world in which we find ourselves.
Sat 17th April, 1-4pm
$50 members /$80 non-members