Helen Mort Workshop: Making Something Happen – Poetry and Power

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Helen Mort Workshop – Making something happen: poetry and power

In this workshop, we’ll consider how much poetry can be an agent of change and discuss the poems that have changed us. There will be reading and creative writing prompts, but all levels of experience are welcome.

In The Defence of Poetry, 1821, Shelley claimed that ‘poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world’. This implies a huge amount of power.

In this workshop, we’ll consider how much poetry can be an agent of change and discuss the poems that have changed us. There will be reading and creative writing prompts, but all levels of experience are welcome. Please come to the workshop prepared to talk about a poem that has changed or influenced you, if you can.

This workshop delves into the profound impact poetry can have as an agent of change, with a focus on the poems that have the power to transform.

What to Expect:

Helen Mort, a distinguished poet known for her exploration of the human experience and the power of language, will lead participants through a reflective journey. The workshop will include reading and creative writing prompts, inviting attendees to consider the transformative power of poetry in their lives. Regardless of experience level, all are welcome to join this exploration of how poetry can influence and enact change.

About Helen Mort:

I’m an award-winning author based in Sheffield. I have published three poetry collections (Division Street, 2013 and No Map Could Show Them, 2016) and The Illustrated Woman (2022, shortlisted for the Forward Prize). I’ve also written a novel (Black Car Burning, 2019), a short story collection (Exire, 2019) and I also write drama and creative non fiction.

My first full length non-fiction book A Line Above The Sky (Ebury, 2022) was featured in the Guardian and Evening Standard’s ‘books to watch’ lists. I have been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Costa Prize and won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize in 2015. I appear regularly on BBC radio and sometimes on TV. I’ve taught creative writing for over ten years and am a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. I offer freelance mentoring and run workshops. I’m a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. I collaborate with artists and musicians and am interested in interdisciplinary work of all kinds.

Tickets for this thought-provoking workshop are priced at £22.50 (Concessions £17.50). Seize this opportunity to explore the dynamic relationship between poetry and power.

ONLINE – Thursday, 8th February, 7-9pm
IN-PERSON – Sunday 25th February, 3-5pm

Secure your spot by booking online via [Eventbrite] or in person at the Birmingham Hippodrome.