The Poetics of Insects Workshop with Romalyn Ante

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The Poetics of Insects Workshop

Step into the microcosm of insects, those tiny yet profound beings that inhabit our world. This workshop is not just about insects; it explores the intricate dance between their lives and the challenges posed by the evolving landscapes of climate change. From the tenacious ant to the fragile butterfly and the mysterious firefly, each insect becomes a poetic lens through which we examine personal and climate crises.

This poetry workship invites you into the intricate world of insects encouraging you to write poems on the connections between the personal and ecological through the lens of these marvellous beings. 

Date and Time:
In Person – Saturday, 24th February – 12:30 – 1:30pm.
Online Monday, 5th February 7 – 9pm.

Location: BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME.
Ticket Price: £22.50 live, £17.50 online 

Unveiling the Microcosm: 

Step into the microcosm of insects, those tiny yet profound beings that inhabit our world. This workshop is not just about insects; it explores the intricate dance between their lives and the challenges posed by the evolving landscapes of climate change. From the tenacious ant to the fragile butterfly and the mysterious firefly, each insect becomes a poetic lens through which we examine personal and climate crises.

Crafting Metaphors and Insights: 

The workshop promises more than just inspiration; it offers a hands-on experience in crafting compelling metaphors and gaining insights into the challenges and adaptations of these marvellous beings in response to environmental shifts. This isn’t just about writing poetry; it’s about understanding the delicate balance of nature and our place within it. 

A Transformative Journey: 

Led by Romalyn Ante, a seasoned poet and expert in the field, this workshop is designed to be a transformative journey. It’s an opportunity to see the world from a different perspective, appreciate insects’ beauty and resilience, and reflect on the significant parallels with our own lives.

About Romalyn

Romalyn Ante is a British poet, essayist, and editor. She grew up in the Philippines and migrated to her second home, Wolverhampton, at sixteen. She is co-founding editor of harana poetry, a magazine for poets who write in English as a second or parallel language, and the founder of Tsaá with Roma, an online interview series with poets and other creatives. Her debut collection is Antiemetic for Homesickness (Chatto & Windus). She was recently awarded the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship.

Her honours include the Poetry London Prize, Manchester Poetry Prize, Society of Author’s Foundation Award, Developing Your Creative Practice, and Creative Future Literary Award, amongst others. She has also recently judged the Poetry London Prize and the Manchester Poetry Prize. Her poetry pamphlet, Rice & Rain (V Pres), won the 2018 Saboteur Awards for Best Poetry Pamphlet.

Her work has been featured in BBC World News, TEDxNHS, World Literature Today, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3 The Verb, Harper’s BazaarVogue UKSouthbank CenterBook Week ScotlandBirmingham Literature Festival, and Verve Poetry Festival.

Apart from being a writer, she also works full-time as a clinical lead, specialising in supervising CBT therapists and providing different psychotherapeutic treatments to children and young people.