Poetry and the Sea

Fri 12 July 2019 - Sun 14 July 2019
Tutors / Paul Henry & Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch
Course Fee / From £240 - £325 per person
Genre / Poetry
Language / BilingualEnglish

But that was nothing to what things came out
From the sea-caves of Criccieth yonder” − Robert Graves, ‘Welsh Incident’

Literature is haunted by that which covers two-thirds of our planet, the sea. Its myths and marine life offer inexhaustible inspiration for writers. This course delights in the sea’s influence on poetry and considers different approaches to reflecting its pervading presence in our poems – its rhythms, imagery and metaphorical qualities, its backdrop for memories. We’ll also explore where the land meets the sea, combing the stunning shoreline near Tŷ Newydd for inspiration. Those either new to writing poetry or experienced in the art are welcome aboard this friendly, supportive weekend of writing workshops and tutorials. And pack a favourite sea poem, or shanty!


Zed Nelson

Paul Henry

Paul Henry came to poetry through songwriting. Described by U.A. Fanthorpe as “a poet’s poet” who combines “a sense of the music of words with an endlessly inventive imagination”, he has read and performed his work at festivals in Europe, the USA and Asia.The Brittle Sea: New & Selected Poems was recently reprinted by Seren. Paul has presented programmes for BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4. A performance version of his latest book, The Glass Aisle (Seren, 2018), including songs co-written with Brian Briggs, recently toured UK festivals. Paul is a mentor for the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme.

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch’s poetry collections have been shortlisted for various awards; Not in These Shoes (Picador, 2008) for Wales Book of The Year, Banjo (Picador, 2012) for the Wales Book of the Year Roland Mathias Prize and Lime & Winter (Rack Press, 2014) for the Michael Marks Award. She lives by the sea in west Wales and teaches creative writing at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and at Oxford University. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing.

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