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The workshop will honour the theme of this year’s festival, ‘Poetry and Ecology’. However, since poetry is irreverent in relation to boundaries, we will not be limited by the theme but only by the imagination of the participants and the poems which they bring along to share.
The aim is to workshop the participants’ own poems, whatever their themes, in a supportive, positive and enjoyable context. We will also allocate some time to looking at the work of contemporary poets from a number of literary traditions, to try to discover how their work impacts on us and how we can apply some of the principles of their craft in our own work. The focus will be on finding how to cast about for the external images and rhythms which correspond to and make sense of our inner lives and which allow us to communicate with others.