A free writing workshop on the 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.
Maggie Sawkins, Portsmouth-based poet, will lead the session. She writes: ‘We all have a story to tell. We don’t need to have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro or have wrestled with a crocodile. Often, it’s the little things left untold that carry the most significance. But where do we start? In today’s session we will explore ways in which poetry can help transform difficult memories into something more manageable. By the end of the session you will have kickstarted a piece of writing which can be shared with others, or if you prefer, can be buried or burnt.
Maggie Sawkins won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2013 with Zones of Avoidance. She has written poetry since she was a child. Her two poetry collections are Charcot’s Pet (Flarestack, 2003) and The Zig Zag Woman (Two Ravens Press, 2007). Her third collection, including poems from the Zones of Avoidance production, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2015. Maggie has taught students with specific learning difficulties at South Downs College, near Portsmouth and now delivers writing projects in community and healthcare settings. In 2003 she founded Tongues & Grooves Poetry and Music Club. In 2013 she represented Portsmouth on the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 20th Anniversary Tour.
Instructions: Bring pens and paper and a photo of your younger self or a significant other.
A Poem to Remember workshops are presented by The Poetry Society