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Dwelling in mysteries

GENRE: Poetry
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Lumb Bank

For John Keats, the best writers were ‘capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason’. It was a quality he dubbed ‘negative capability’: an imaginative suppleness and generosity that has never been more important than it is today. Can poets ever truly travel into the minds of other people and other things? How might we tune in to an unconscious world? During this week of thought-provoking reading, writing exercises and conversations, we will tease out how Keats’s insight can help push us forward as poets, finding fresh ways of making and shaping poems.

Single room price: £760
Shared room price: £710

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