Ecopoetry course - Changing everything carefully*

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‘CHANGING EVERYTHING CAREFULLY’[1]*,

an Eco-poetry writing course at Knepp Wildland

*e. e. cummings

Kay Syrad & Clare Whistler

Please join us for this experimental writing course located at the pioneering and beautiful Knepp Wildland near Horsham, West Sussex.

Eco-poetry is a poetry that aspires to be conscious of what we are doing when we describe, record, interact with or take from what we call ‘nature’. It has been described as a ‘dialogue between land, air, water and song’ at a time when eco-systems are deeply threatened by human actions. For Alice Oswald, editor of the eco-poetry anthology, The Thunder Mutters: 101 Poems for the Planet (2005), it is a poetry concerned with ‘putting our inner worlds in contact with the outer world […] a deep, slow process […], a poetry that ‘bring[s] living things unmediated into the text’’. Examples might include John Clare’s ‘Transcription of a Nightingale’s Song’: ‘Chee chew chee chew chee / chew – cheer cheer cheer’, or Emily Dickinson’s ‘There came a wind like a bugle/ it quivered through the grass’, through to the poem-clouds of contemporary Canadian, a. rawlings’ in her Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists or her howling meditation on the loss and return of ‘Wolves!! Wohoholves! Wowooowooooooooolves!’

We have recently run a successful ‘Changing Everything Carefully’ series at the urban setting of ONCA Environmental Gallery, Brighton, resulting in an anthology of the participants' wild writings. Setting the course here in the context of Knepp Wildland will viscerally make sense of the spirit and ethics of eco-poetry. See Knepp's website here: https://knepp.co.uk/home

This course is designed for anyone interested in poetry and the environment.

Proposed Programme:

The course starts at 9.30am on Saturday 1st June, 2019 with a whole day event that will include an overview of the course, a walking safari with the Knepp ecologist, lunch, poetry, discussion and writing.

We will then meet weekly in the early evening (6 – 9pm) from Weds 5th June for 5 weeks, finishing 3rd July.

Cost

£175, to include the cost of the safari.

Contact

For more information, please email kaysyrad@chrisdrury.co.uk



[1] e.e. cummings, from ‘Spring is like a perhaps hand’ in 100 Selected Poems, Grove Press, 1954

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