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.
Ian Duhig will lead the session. Jean Rhys said, “When you’ve written it down, it doesn’t hurt any more” and though Ian Duhig doesn’t believe it’s quite as simple as that, he knows from his own work with PTSD sufferers that if you get some of your pain into poetry, you can leave some of it there. This workshop will help you start to do that and write good poetry at the same time.
Ian Duhig has published seven poetry collections, most recently The Blind Roadmaker (Picador 2016) which was shortlisted for the Forward Best Collection, TS Eliot and Roehampton Poetry Prizes. Among the competitions he has won are the Forward Best Poem Prize and the National Poetry Competition twice; he is also a Cholmondeley Award recipient and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a contributor to ‘Refugee Tales ll’ (Comma Press 2017). He worked with homeless people for fifteen years before becoming a full-time writer but still runs workshops with socially-excluded groups, different immigrant communities and supported housing organisations as well as for people simply trying to improve their poetry.
Instructions: Please bring pen and paper with you.
A Poem to Remember workshops are presented by The Poetry Society