Winter workshop 2012 – Dead Poets


I’ve managed to wangle some money from Creative Communities (thank you CCC!) to help defray the costs, so as long as I can get eight of you to confirm, I will be offering a winter Reading for Writing course based on (drumroll please) …

Yep, that’s right, Dead Poets. Or, to misquote Monty Python, poems by poets who have expired, ceased to be, quit this mortal coil, rung down the curtain and shuffled off to join the anthology eternal. I haven’t finalised the selections yet, but I’m planning to include some Paul Celan, maybe some Garcia Lorca, Akhmatova, Larkin, some Baxter or Curnow, heck, maybe even some Paterson. Not to mention Donaghy, Malloy, Porter (Dorothy as well as – or even instead of – Peter), and almost certainly some more of the immortal William Topaz McGonagall. (Unless I go to his feminine counterpart, the sweet singer of Michigan …)

Anyhow, the details:

Reading for Writing: Dead Poets
Saturdays, 10.30 am – 1.30 pm
June 2nd, 16th, 30th, and July 14th and 21st, 2012
(five weeks)
Sydenham Room
South Christchurch Library Learning Centre
Fee: $40
Limited to 18 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 1st June, 2012

I know the dates seem a bit erratic, but it was when I could get the room. It works out as four sessions a fortnight apart, and one final session one week later.

As usual, email me to enroll or if you have any questions. And if you’d like to download a copy of the flier for yourself (either to hand out to other people who might be interested, or to use to make a collage expressing your deep ambivalence towards the commodification of the arts in these dark and post-postmodern days …), click here.

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