West Sussex Writers explore The Poetry Of Place/s

The Worthing-based West Sussex Writers meeting on March 11 will offer The Poetry Of Place/s, a workshop led by Catherine Smith for members via Zoom, starting at 7.30pm.

Catherine Smith
Catherine Smith

Spokeswoman Cherrie Taylor said: “Poets and other writers have always evoked places – real, imagined, earthly, extraordinary. And there’s a rich imaginative seam to be tapped in our own memories of places, and in places, we have never been, but can imagine.

“Places aren’t just a setting or a backdrop where action happens. They can be imagined as characters in their own right, with their own agendas.

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“In this workshop, we’ll look at some examples of poems evoking places and spaces (exterior and interior) and, through free-writing and other writing games/techniques, we’ll generate drafts of our own poems. Bring an open mind – no actual travel documents/passport needed!”

Catherine Smith is a writer, performer and teacher. Her first short poetry collection, The New Bride (Smith/Doorstop), was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, 2001. Her first full-length collection, The Butcher’s Hands, (Smith/Doorstop) was short-listed for the Aldeburgh/Jerwood Prize, 2004. In 2004 she was voted one of Mslexia’s Top Ten UK Women Poets and one of the 20 most exhilarating poets of her generation in the PBS/Arts Council Next Generation promotion.

Cherrie added: “This meeting is online via Zoom and open to members and guests only.” New members are welcome. Visit http://www.westsussexwriters.co.uk.