This is a five-day residential poetry course at the superb Garsdale Retreat, where Susan and I have been privileged enough to tutor for the last four years. The courses are packed with ideas, new poems and amazing food.
On this one, we’ll start from the animal world, getting up close to what we find here in Garsdale in June. We’ll look at the four-footed, two-footed, no-footed… including animals no longer with us. To give voice to these creatures, we’ll draw on our own anima, the inner creative drive from which poetry arises.
Once we have poems, we’ll breathe life into them, animate them by polishing vocal skills in our presentation and mic use workshop. Working from the anthology we’ve put together during the week, our final mid-summer celebration will see us give life to our creatures through the spoken word.