Date(s) - Mon 14th Sep - Sat 19th Sep, 2020
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT
Where Do Poems Come From?
Rainer Maria Rilke wrote: “Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write. This above all, ask yourself in the stillest hour of your night: Must I write?”
Are there poems you must write, that you’d like to go deeper, wilder or longer with? There might be a sequence or a story that you must tell. Niall and Pascale will share their writing experience and help you find strategies to write your truth and make it compelling to the reader. Using exercises and games, they’ll show how poems can arrive from reading other poems, looking at the natural world, art, myth or from playing with images and language.
Niall Campbell is a poet originally from South Uist, one of the Western Isles. Moontide, his first collection, was named inaugural winner of The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and Saltire First Book of the Year. Moontide was also shortlisted for The Forward and The Aldeburgh Best First Collection Prizes. His second collection, Noctuary, was published by Bloodaxe Books in Spring 2019.
Pascale Petit was born in Paris, grew up in France and Wales and lives in Cornwall. She is of French/Welsh/Indian heritage. Her eighth collection, Tiger Girl, won a Royal Society of Literature ‘Literature Matters’ award while in progress. Her seventh collection of poetry, Mama Amazonica, won The Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize 2018 – the first time a poetry book has won this prize for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry best evoking the spirit of a place, and was shortlisted for The Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018. Four of her previous collections have been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Sinéad Morrissey is the author of six poetry collections and is currently Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts at Newcastle University. Her awards include first prize in the UK National Poetry Competition, a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Through the Square Window (2009) and Parallax (2013) received The Irish Times Poetry Prize. She was the winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2013 and The Forward Prize in 2017. In 2013, she was appointed Belfast’s inaugural Poet Laureate.
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