Animals are Poems, but are your poems animals?

Mon 31 August 2020 - Sat 5 September 2020
Tutors / David Morley & Pascale Petit
Guest Reader / Yvonne Reddick
Course Fee / From £550 - £675 per person
Genres / NaturePoetry
Language / English

Poems are creatures with their own lives, so Ted Hughes believed when he wrote: “My concern has been to capture not animals particularly and not poems, but simply things which have a vivid life of their own…”. We will track and capture our poems as though they were creatures which have a life of their own, beyond our knowledge. Tutors will bring field equipment, binoculars, birdsong magnifiers, a bat detector, a microscope, animal myths, and field-guides to sound out the teeming Tŷ Newydd gardens with their vistas of the sea and 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 personal menagerie, written during fieldwork, workshops, individual tuition, and with the aid of inspiring wildlife poems.


David Morley

David Morley is a poet and ecologist who is also celebrated for his poetry installations within natural landscapes. David won the Ted Hughes Award for The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems (Carcanet Press, 2015), the judges commenting, “Ted Hughes wrote about the natural magical and mythical world; The Invisible Gift is a natural successor”. His Carcanet collections include The Lyrebird (2020), The Magic of What’s There (2017), The Gypsy and the Poet (2013), Enchantment (2010) and The Invisible Kings (2007). He is Professor of Creative Writing at Warwick University and wrote the bestselling Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2007). He is a winner of a Cholmondeley Award and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

Pascale Petit

Pascale Petit’s seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017) draws on her travels in the Amazon rainforest and won the 2018 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for best evoking the spirit of a place and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her eighth collection Tiger Girl (Bloodaxe, 2020), won a Royal Society of Literature Literature Matters Award while in progress. 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

Yvonne Reddick

Yvonne Reddick’s pamphlet Translating Mountains (Seren, 2017) won the Mslexia magazine Pamphlet Competition and was selected as a favourite pamphlet of the year in the Times Literary Supplement. Her work appears in The Guardian, PN Review, Stand and The North. She has won a Northern Writer’s Award, the Poetry Society’s Peggy Poole Award and a commendation in the 2018 National Poetry Competition. Her pamphlet Spikenard (smith|doorstop, 2019) was selected by Carol Ann Duffy for the 2019 Laureate's Choice Collection. In 2017 she was a Hawthornden Fellow and a Jerwood/Arvon mentee. She is an associate editor of Magma magazine and is the author of Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

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