Who Goes There?
The idea of ‘voice’ in poetry raises vexed and exciting questions. Today, poets may be watchful about developing, or betraying, their ‘identity’; reckless regarding, or on guard against, ‘appropriating others’. However, something in any writer remains on watch; listening at the sentinel’s post; vulnerable, if not open, to familiar and strange visitants. This session lets you off being on guard, or having to declare yourself. In this workshop, you will be encouraged to find other voices within yourself. You will experiment with creating personæ who ask questions about some ‘other’ character. About someone whose responses are unpredictable; someone on your conscience, in your dreams – or nightmares. We shall work together on identifying your desired or feared, unknown or unknowable, subject.
This workshop was first given for the Poetry Book Fair 2017 in London. Presented in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust Libraries, Arts & Museums