A free writing workshop on theme of writing from difficult personal experiences – part of A Poem to Remember. A Poem to Remember is a national initiative launched by Prince William, encouraging people to write poems of hope over adversity to mark the end of the First World War.
Martin Figura, Norwich-based poet, will lead the session. He writes ‘Confessional poetry has many pitfalls and is often viewed with caution – yet poetry is what people turn to in difficult times. Producing poems about complex feelings can bring an understanding to the writer. In today’s session, we will explore approaches that enable you to explore difficult memories and go beyond the facts into the imagination, where metaphorical truth comes into play. You will look at critical distance and how understatement can produce challenging poems that engage and move the reader.’
Martin Figura’s collection and show Whistle was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and won the 2013 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show. He won the Poetry Society’s 2010 Hamish Canham Prize. Shed (Gatehouse Press) and Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine (Cinnamon Press) were published in 2016. A new edition of Whistle was published by Cinnamon Press in early 2018.
He’s an experienced tutor and has delivered workshop for numerous organisations, including London Roundhouse, UEA, Change Minds, Writers’ Centre, Norwich and The Poetry School.
Instructions: please bring a relatable object or photo with you
A Poem to Remember workshops are presented by The Poetry Society