The Poet as Bard: Storytelling in Poetry with Siobhan Logan
6 week course
Day & Time: Mondays 7pm – 9pm
Dates: 7th January to 11th February, 2019
Venue: Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester, LE1 1WB
Cost: £123, £18 conc.
Release your inner bard by exploring how poems tell stories. We’ll consider how voice and viewpoint draw us into a poem and how using imagery and senses immerse a reader in its world. Drawing on published poems, we’ll learn all the storyteller’s tricks: selective detail, misdirection, symbolism etc. From a suggestive title to a miniature snapshot, to a full sequence of linked poems, we’ll see why poetry’s a natural vehicle for stories. Make sure yours get under your reader’s skin and stay with them. Combining group discussion and writing exercises, this course is suitable for both beginners and experienced poets.
About the Tutor:
Siobhan Logan’s poetry & prose collections Firebridge to Skyshore and Mad, Hopeless and Possible are published by Original Plus Press. They have been performed at Ledbury Poetry Festival, the British Science Museum and National Space Centre. In 2014 she ran a writing residency on WW1 for Writing East Midlands and 14-18 NOW. Her poems and stories are published in many anthologies and magazines and she co-edited a Five Leaves Books’ anthology for refugee solidarity, Over Land, Over Sea. Her digital narrative Philae’s Book of Hours is published on-line by the European Space Agency. She teaches Creative Writing at De Montfort University and co-manages The Writers’ Shed.
Praise for Siobhan’s previous WSEM courses
‘Opened a new world of poetry collections.’
‘It has taught me to be more self-critical, put me in contact with contemporary poets and made me even more aware of the bridge necessary between writer and reader.’
‘I was interested on writing on a theme so the course suited me very well.’
‘The content and depth of the detail has given me a lot of info and work to go on.’