Highland Book Prize Longlist Events: Poetry Workshop with Lydia Harris

Highland Book Prize Longlist Events: Poetry Workshop with Lydia Harris

Date(s) - Fri 7th Apr, 2023
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Orkney Library, Kirkwall, , KW15 1AG

Highland Book Prize Longlisted poet, Lydia Harris, will be leading a poetry workshop at Orkney Library, exploring how to write poetry from objects of private devotion.  Hosted in the Orkney Room of the reference library, you will draw on books and objects as a venerable and rich source of ideas.

This event is free to attend. Booking is required via the booking form below.

About Objects of Private Devotion

Rarely does a collection of poetry reveal a land, a tradition and a history as potently as this one. The islands of Orkney are brought to life through these poems of water, moss, fossils, brochs, handbells and graves; through the lives of those who live there, those who once lived there, and through the ghosts that live on. Harris’s visceral relationship with this land and its stories is devout and compelling. As an exploration of the culture of objects for private devotion, this is almost a book of prayer.

Published by Pindrop Press


About the author

Lydia Harris lives in the Orkney island of Westray. Her first pamphlet , Glad Not to be the Corpse, was published by Smiths Knoll in 2012. In 2017 she held a Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s award. Her pamphlet, A Small Space, was placed first in the Paper Swans competition 2020. Objects for Private Devotion is her first full collection.




This event is brought to you in partnership with the Highland Book Prize 2022 Longlist, and is part of a series of events celebrating each of the 12 titles on the list. Presented by the Highland Society of London and facilitated by Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre, the Highland Book Prize seeks to recognise the rich talent, landscape, and cultural diversity of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands. The William Grant Foundation provides funding to encourage public engagement with the Highland Book Prize. For more information visit www.highlandbookprize.org.uk



This course is now fully booked. Please contact us on info@moniackmhor.org.uk or 01463 741 675 to be added to the waiting list.

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