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04 Oct 2023 - 29 Nov 2023

Writing the Apocalyptic Landscape

Price: Free

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7pm- 9pm

A FREE short course of five, two-hour creative writing/poetry workshops led by award-winning poet Steve Ely (Englaland, Lectio Violant, The European Eel), Reader in Creative Writing and Director of the Ted Hughes Network at the University of Huddersfield. Workshops will be held at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG, 7.00 -9.00pm, every second Wednesday between 4th Oct and 29th Nov 2023. Suitable for writers of all abilities, from complete beginners to published poets.

Global warming, the Sixth Extinction, the replacement of the real world with the virtual, the rise of populism and out-of-control capital—there’s no doubt we live in Apocalyptic times. But Apocalypse has another meaning beyond catastrophe and disaster—it also means vision, revelation, unveiling.

On this five-workshop course participants will draw on both understandings of the A-word to write a visionary sequence of poems about a landscape of their choosing. Beginning with objective responses to the landscape—experience, knowledge and observation—participants will develop their approach to infuse their writing with feeling, imagination and vision, subjectively transforming their landscape, imbuing it with personal—and perhaps universal—meaning and significance. Participants will be invited to submit their finished work to the Apocalyptic Landscape anthology (to be published in the autumn of 2024).

For  more information: email Steve Ely on s.ely@hud.ac.uk.

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