Place, Myth and Folktale in Fiction and Poetry

Mon 28 September 2020 - Sat 3 October 2020
Tutors / Catherine Fisher & Marcus Sedgwick
Course Fee / From £550 - £675 per person
Genres / FictionNaturePoetry
Language / English

This course will use popular and lesser known myths and folktales as a starting point to influence new works of poetry and prose. We will take the elements that form these tales and use them as building blocks to create our own epic work: strong characters, dubious morals, quests, metaphors and most importantly: place. Using places that are close to our hearts, environments that inspire, and locations in our memories, we will consider how to use them as anchors for our stories. We will consider language, and how to use it wisely to create magical poems and stories.


Catherine and Marcus write award-winning fantasy and fiction rooted in landscape and myth and will lead discussions and workshops as well as working individually with you on your own images, ideas and words.


Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher is the author of many critically acclaimed novels for children and young people. Her books published by Hodder Children’s Books, Incarceron (2007) and Sapphique (2008) were New York Times best-sellers and were translated into over twenty languages; and The Oracle (2003) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. Corbenic (Red Fox Books, 2002) won the British Fantasy Society's Mythopoeic Award and recently The Clockwork Crow (Firefly Press, 2018) the Tir na n-Og prize. She has also published five volumes of poetry and is a past winner of the Cardiff International Poetry Prize. Her most recent poetry collection is The Bramble King (Seren, 2019). Catherine is an experienced teacher and broadcaster. She was the inaugural Young People's Laureate for Wales.

Marcus Sedgwick

Alongside a 16-year career in bookselling and publishing, Marcus Sedgwick established himself as an award-winning writer of books for young people. He now writes full time, with books for older people too; his second adult novel, Mister Memory (Mulholland Books), was published in 2016. He has won many prizes, most notably the Printz Award for Midwinterblood (Orion Children's Books, 2012), the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Blue Peter Book Award. His books have been shortlisted for over forty other awards, including the Carnegie Medal seven times, the Edgar Allan Poe Award twice and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize four times. In 2011, Revolver (Orion Children's Books, 2010) was awarded a Printz Honor. He was born and raised in East Kent but now lives in the French Alps.

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