Workshops and masterclasses

For details of these, read on…

Anne-Marie Fyfe: Writing the Horizon
Saturday 24 November 10.00-12.00, Falmouth Hotel

Strange how it’s only at the outer limits of land, by headlands & shifting tide-lines, that we remember the unreachability of the horizon. Join Anne-Marie Fyfe – who has spent the past year touring (& writing) coastlines, islands, lighthouses & seaports – in a new coastal-margins-themed workshop. Discover/re-discover the ocean’s magnificence & poetic potential, along with the impact of islands, horizons, skylines & solitude – literally, metaphorically, emotionally & creatively …with writing exercises, inspirations & discussion, with time to create new work & explore new ideas, & with read-back/feed-back from an engaged audience of workshop writers.

Master Class with Sean O’Brien
Saturday 24 November, 10.00-12.00 Falmouth Hotel

Please submit one poem for possible participation in a Master Class to be led by Sean O’Brien. If selected, your poem will be critiqued by Sean, in conversation with yourself and in front of the festival audience. If you’d like to submit a poem for possible consideration, please send it to: cornwallcontemporary@gmail.com  Closing date is 10th November 2018.Poems must be no longer than 40 lines.  No submission fee.

Katrina Naomi: The Young Americans
Saturday 24 November 10.00-12.00, Falmouth Hotel

This workshop focuses on the personal and the political, featuring the work of three essential US poets, Terrance Hayes, Danez Smith and Ocean Vuong. We’ll consider the nature, forms and power of political writing. Come prepared to read, think and write plenty.

Gerður Kristný: Using Mythology
Sunday 25 November 10.00-12.00, Falmouth Hotel

Mythologies are an endless source of inspiration for new stories and poems. The Icelandic poet Gerður Kristný is the author of the long poem Bloodhoof (published by Arc Publications in 2012), a modern version of a story from Nordic mythology. In her workshop Gerður discusses her methods and works with the participants on their own story based on a tale from the Greek mythology.

Alyson Hallett: Listen to the Stones
Sunday 25 November 10.00-12.00, Falmouth Hotel

Record keepers, history makers, shape shifters – in this workshop we’ll be working with stones and listening out for whatever they might be able to tell us. We’ll be zipping backwards and forwards across boundaries time, horizons. There will be close reading of texts and writing exercises. The workshops is open to everyone – no experience necessary.

Andrew Lanyon
Sunday 25 November 10.00-12.00, Falmouth Hotel

We do not yet have details of Andrew’s workshop, but it is safe to say that participants will be surprised, delighted and inspired to think afresh about what poetry can do.

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