Invisible Zoos: Poetry and Nature

Mon 10 September 2018 - Sat 15 September 2018
Tutors / David Morley & Pascale Petit
Guest Reader / Jane Draycott
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genres / NaturePoetry
Language / English

 “My concern has been to capture not animals particularly and not poems, but simply things which have a vivid life of their own…” – Ted Hughes, Poetry in the Making.


We will track and capture our poems as though they were creatures which have a life of their own. Tutors will bring field equipment, microscopes, binoculars, birdsong, bat detectors, insect net, animal myths and field-guides to sound out the teeming Tŷ Newydd gardens with their vistas of the sea and distant mountains. We will also track poems along the wooded banks of the nearby river Dwyfor as it flows towards the estuary, and beyond, along Cricieth west beach. Bring a passion for nature, poetry and the outdoors. By the end of the week you will have created a poetic open zoo, written during fieldwork, workshops, individual tuition, and with the aid of inspiring wildlife poems.


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David Morley

David Morley won the Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry for The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems and a Cholmondeley Award for his contribution to poetry. His Carcanet collections include The Magic of What’s There, The Gypsy and the Poet, Enchantment and The Invisible Kings. David is a trained ecologist, known for his poetry installations within natural landscapes.

Pascale Petit

Pascale Petit’s seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017), was a Poetry Book Society Choice and draws on her travels in the Amazon rainforest. It won her the 2018 Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature. Her sixth, Fauverie (Seren, 2014), was her fourth to be shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and five poems from it won the Manchester Poetry Prize. She was one of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation poets in 2004 and has had three collections selected as Books of the Year in The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent and The Observer. Her books have been translated into Spanish in Mexico, Chinese, French and Serbian. In 2015 she received a Cholmondeley Award.

Guest Reader

Jane Draycott

Jane Draycott's most recent collections from Carcanet are The Occupant (PBS Recommendation, 2016), a translation of the medieval dream- elegy Pearl, 2011 (a Times Stephen Spender Prize-winner) and Over (T S Eliot Prize shortlist, 2009). A Next Generation poet 2004, she was Writer in Residence in Amsterdam 2013 and winner of the 2014 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Her new collection of translations, Storms Under the Skin: Selected Poems of Henri Michaux (1927-1954) is a PBS Recommended Translation (Two Rivers Press 2017).

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