Lynne Rees is a poet, blogger and champion of the often misunderstood haiku. Born and brought up in Port Talbot, she has lived in various places including Jersey, south of France, Florida and Barcelona. She studied a Master's Degree in Writing at the University of Glamorgan between 1994 and 1996, working with the celebrated Welsh poet Gillian Clarke. Her most recent books are Forgiving the Rain (2012), a memoir in prose and haiku, Real Port Talbot (2013), a psycho-geographical account of her home-town, and The Hungry Writer (2015), life-stories, writing prompts and recipes. www.lynnerees.com
Journeys with Haiku into Verse and Prose
Haiku’s distillation of experience and startling depth of focus can capture the essence of a moment or a memory and provide egress into the more expansive spheres of free verse and prose. A guided walk and workshops will provide the inspiration for new writing as well as creative collaborations between participants, in prose and poetry, and perhaps some photography too.
Philip Gross is a poet, librettist and writer for children. He won the T S Eliot Prize 2009 with The Water Table, and Wales Book of The Year 2010 with I Spy Pinhole Eye. Deep Field dealt with his Estonian refugee father’s final years and loss of language, an exploration into our place in the world broadened steadily through later collections, most recently A Bright Acoustic (2017). Recently liberated from 25 years of academic life, he is a keen collaborator with musicians, other writers and artists. A Fold In The River was published in 2015, a collaboration with visual artist Valerie Coffin Price, and he worked with composer Benjamin Frank Vaughan on The King in the Car Park, a cantata about the re-discovery of Richard III, performed in Leicester Cathedral. www.philipgross.co.uk