Sunday, March 07, 2010

"Saturday PM With Simon Armitage"

Poetry can use language as a connective tissue... betwixt ideas....dragging images across concepts... with new and alien thoughts....

One of the ideas generated by Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage at a writing workshop yesterday:part of Flintshire ArtsFest, which is now becoming an annual treat. (see post 18:03:09)

16 writers ( some highly accomplished poets.. some, like myself, dipping their pencil in gingerly) listened to Simon's laidback Yorkshire tones, his crisp and wise advice on the art and craft of contemporary poetry ..

And by 4pm , we'd created and crafted our own pieces...be they fully formed adults ( already with lives of their own) or merely the whisper of a planned birth at some future date...

An inspiring session with a superb and masterly poet .

6 Comments:

Blogger jinksy said...

Alien thoughts? I'd probably have to admit to a few of those...LOL

10:37 am  
Blogger Jan said...

Jinsky:
Then you may make an excellent poet if you're not one already, Jinsky!...
and S.A.is absolutely right...by thinking about the unfamiliar ( or merely the "not obvious" ) new thought patterns emerge which can prove very interesting.
There were some great results yesterday.

10:47 am  
Anonymous marly youmans said...

Hmm, I'd like to hear more specifics about what he did!

Was there something about Alan Garner as well? It's the 50th anniversary of his first book, and somewhere or other I saw there was something going on in Chester related to that...

6:45 pm  
Blogger Catherine said...

Ooooh lucky you. Not that we don't have great poets and tutors in New Zealand, but the population being smaller, I find myself eager for a dose of someone new from time to time.

5:51 am  
Blogger Jan said...

Marly:
Watch this space Marly Y and yes, you're right re Anniversaries...
How on earth do you know so much re what's going down in little old England??!

Catherine;
Lovely to hear from you.
I think you've got lots ad lots of compensations....!

3:28 pm  
Anonymous marly youmans said...

Well, I don't know... The internet is full of canny little crannies; that's all I can say!

4:03 pm  

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