Workshop: A bit like Arbroath
In the very first event of StAnza 2018, John Glenday will be leading an all-day creative writing workshop in which he uses this year’s Borderlines theme to explore the relationship between inspiration and intention in poetry. When we write creatively where does the poem, and its narrative, come from? Poets often complain that the ‘intended poem’ never works out well, yet most also concede that you can’t sit twiddling a pen, waiting for inspiration. Both elements – inspiration and intention – are essential because the poem describes two worlds: the ‘exterior’ world of landscape and people, which we inhabit, and the ‘interior’ world of love, death, despair, and all those other huge abstractions, which inhabits us. The poem sits on the borderline between those two worlds.
John Glenday’s first collection, The Apple Ghost, won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and his second, Undark, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His 2009 collection, Grain (Picador), was also a PBS Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award and the 2010 Griffin International Poetry Prize. His latest collection is The Golden Mean (Picador, 2015).
Tea and coffee will be available. Please bring your own packed lunch. After booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for directions to the venue, which is in a private house in St Andrews.