Masterclass: Eco-Poetry

Masterclass: Eco-Poetry

Pastoral to Dystopia and Back Again
  • Black and white portrait photo of Zena Edwards
    Zena Edwards
Date Tuesday July 4th 2023, 19:00-21:00 BST
Location Online

How can poetry celebrate nature but acknowledge the forces that threaten it? In this two-hour poetry masterclass with writer, performer and educator Zena Edwards, you will contemplate the creative response to the climate crisis and unpack what it really means to ask ‘what can you do?’, individually and collectively. The session will be delivered in three movements, framed as ‘how did we get here?’, ‘bring back wonder’ and ‘nature persists’, each offering the opportunity to explore ways to balance eco-awareness with a confident and self-reflexive approach to writing poetry. You’ll come away with fresh ideas, words on the page and new ways to write about nature while supporting realistic ideas around environmental responsibility.

Participants are encouraged to prepare for the session by taking a walk and focusing on engaging with the world through one sense – sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste. Observe where you *experience* nature. If you live in a built-up area, note where nature has grown through concrete cracks or hangs from walls. If the above poses difficulties for accessibility reasons, observe and connect with a plant or flowers in your home and do a little research into the symbolism of the plant and flower, so as to add a layer of meaning to the moment of connection. Or when cooking, really meditate on the food you are preparing. Observe the colour and scents of the ingredients, notice what happens as you combine and cook them, and on the resulting taste. We want to awaken the primal senses for the purpose of connection.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar, so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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