Capturing the Present and Past Through Poetry with Roy McFarlane
1 day course
Day and time: Saturday 11 – 5pm
Dates: 29th February 2020
Venue: Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester, LE1 1WB
Cost: £75, £70 conc.
How do we look at historical moments or take account of the present without being didactic or journalistic in the re-telling of events? How can we merge the personal with the magnitude of an event? From Boudica to Brexit, Shelley to Raymond Antrobus we’ll find poetic ways to shine light on the past and the world around us and make sense of where we live. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own stories; tales passed down, letters, diaries, artefacts, photographs to merge with historical moments with the help of classical and contemporary poets, using different forms and approaches to capture the spirit and truth of the time.
About the Tutor:
Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and spent most of his years living in Wolverhampton and the surrounding Black Country. He has held the role of Birmingham’s Poet Laureate and presently the Birmingham & Midland Institute Poet in Residence. His publications include Celebrate Wha? (Smokestack Books, 2011) and Beginning With Your Last Breath (Nine Arches Press, 2016). Roy’s latest collection The Healing Next Time was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Winter 2018, one of the Guardian’s best poetry titles of 2018, shortlisted for Ted Hughes award and longlisted for the Jhalak Prize. He’s also a graduate of the MA in Writing Poetry with Poetry School/ Newcastle University.