MK Lit Fest: Schooling the Strange – Poetry Workshop with John McCullough
Start Date: 15/04/2023
End Date: 15/04/2023
Start Time: 1:30 pm
End Time: 1:30 pm
Cost of Entry: £20 (limited places)
Milton Keynes Central Library 555 Silbury Blvd, Milton Keynes, MK9 3HL, GB
'No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader' (Robert Frost): how do we surprise ourselves in the writing of new poems, let in the super-real as well as honest feeling and thought?
Looking at how we can use patterning and form to generate transformative ideas and juxtapositions, in this workshop we'll experiment with a variety of techniques to help give shape to the unexpected poem-within-the-poem during both early drafts and editing. We'll focus on writing poetry as an investigation in which poems often subvert our original intentions to achieve an independent life, exploring how sound can subtly influence the direction of travel.
By the end of the session, participants will have several pieces engaging with the strange to develop further, as well as ideas on how they might bring surprise into future work.
About John McCullough
John McCullough lives in Hove. His third book of poems won the 2020 Hawthornden Prize for Literature.