2021: Event 1

(1) Jonathan Edwards
The Wild: Writing about Animals


Thursday 15th April | 1-3pm | £12

This workshop will celebrate and facilitate poems which come fluttering, roaring, snarling and crawling into our lives. From Ted Hughes to Alice Oswald, Gerard Manley Hopkins to John Clare, many of the best poems are written about interactions with animals. We will explore a range of approaches, from description to monologue, narrative to the surreal, as a way of getting the energy of animals into our writing. If you‘ve survived lockdown by spending time with birds in the garden, walking the dog or watching zoo webcams, or you miss the opportunity to visit giraffes and zebra in a safari park, this is the course for you. This will be a fun few hours of creating poems from which lions and tigers, foxes and stick insects breathe, run and leap! 

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Jonothan Edwards holding a book, performing a reading.

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards‘s first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014) received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award, and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), also received the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award, and in 2019 his poem about Newport Bridge was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. He lives in Crosskeys, South Wales, and is Editor of Poetry Wales.

Jonathan Edwards – Gen
ISBN-13: 9781781724736

Book cover for Jonothan Edwards - My Family and Other Superheroes. An illustration of a man in a blazer and tie, stepping into focus.

Jonathan Edwards – My Family and Other Superheroes
ISBN-13: 9781781721629

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