Linda France Eco Workshop – Upcycling, Unlearning, Undoing: Language of Transition

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Linda France Eco Workshop – Upcycling, Unlearning, Undoing: Language of Transition

In this workshop, we hover around definitions of ‘the wild’: from inside to outside, from doing to undoing, and from learning to unlearning.

Linda France is a pioneer of environmental writing – an advocate for language and its ability to shift cultural consciousness. In this workshop, we hover around definitions of ‘the wild’: from inside to outside, from doing to undoing, and from learning to unlearning. We will consider what the page and an ecosystem have in common: how words carry as much weight as actions, and how we can up cycle language to reflect upon, and expand our understanding of a rapidly changing world. Curated by Kate Simpson, Editor of Out of Time: Poetry from the Climate Emergency.

What to Expect:

Linda France’s Unique Approach: Linda France’s workshop is not just about crafting poems; it’s an exploration of language as a force to shift cultural consciousness. Her innovative approach delves into the interconnectedness of words and actions, fostering a deeper understanding of the evolving world we inhabit.

Hovering Around ‘The Wild’: In this workshop, we navigate the expansive territory of ‘the wild,’ transcending conventional definitions. Linda encourages participants to explore the wild within themselves and the world at large, fostering a profound connection with nature and its untamed beauty.

From Doing to Undoing: The workshop challenges conventional thinking by encouraging participants to shift from doing to undoing. Linda prompts a reflective process where attendees reconsider preconceived notions about the environment, paving the way for a more conscious and sustainable approach.

Up-cycling Language: A unique aspect of Linda’s workshop lies in the concept of up-cycling language. Drawing parallels between the page and an ecosystem, participants will explore how words, like actions, carry weight. This exercise encourages a fresh perspective, utilising language as a tool for reflection and understanding in the face of a rapidly changing world.

About the Curator:

Curated by Kate Simpson, Editor of Out of Time: Poetry from the Climate Emergency: Kate Simpson, the curator of this workshop, brings her expertise as the editor of “Out of Time: Poetry from the Climate Emergency.” With a keen eye for impactful writing, Kate ensures that Linda France’s workshop aligns seamlessly with the ethos of exploring environmental themes through poetry.

About Linda France:

Linda France was born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, and now lives near Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland.

Her ten full-length poetry collections include: The Toast of the Kit-Cat Club (Bloodaxe 2005), a biography in verse of the 18th century traveller and writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; book of days, a year renga, with ceramic fragments by Sue Dunne (Smokestack 2009); Reading the Flowers (Arc 2016), longlisted for the inaugural Laurel Prize; The Knucklebone Floor (Smokestack 2022), Winner of the 2022 Laurel Prize, and Startling (New Writing North & Faber 2022).

Linda also edited the acclaimed anthology Sixty Women Poets (Bloodaxe 1993), a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. She has published several pamphlets – the most recent, a collaboration with artist Birtley Aris, Dwelling Place (Hareshaw Press2020).

Secure Your Spot: Embark on this transformative experience by booking your spot for Linda France’s workshop. Tickets are available in person at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a poetic journey that transcends words, explores the wild, and contributes to a collective understanding of our ever-changing world.