Day Workshop: Poetry: Creative Memory with Jacob Polley

Day Workshop: Poetry: Creative Memory with Jacob Polley

Date(s) - Sun 19th Aug, 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT

Jacob Polley will explore how much we depend for our writing on experience and the memory of experience and how much we depend on ‘just making stuff up’. At the heart of this exploration will be the paradox of ‘creative memory’ and the many ways in which we can turn over, draw power from and transmute past experience as we forge ahead in our creative journey, uncovering new obsessions and finding new ways to make them sing. Jacob’s workshop will be a mixture of reading new things – or of reading familiar things in a new light – discussion and writing.

Jacob Polley was born and grew up in Cumbria. His novel, Talk of the Town, which was set in and around Carlisle, won the Somerset Maugham Award, and his fourth book of poems, Jackself, won the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry, the judges describing it as ‘a firework of a book; inventive, exciting and outstanding in its imaginative range and depth of feeling.’ A poet of the uncanny and the startlingly lyrical, Jacob’s work explores his rural upbringing, the forces of tradition and history, and the power of speech as it approaches song. He teaches at Newcastle University and lives with his family on the North East coast.

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