Ekphrasis: Ways of Writing Art

Date Tuesday 10 January 2023 until Tuesday 28 March 2023
Time 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Price£100 | £95
TutorBebe Ashley
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Ekphrasis: Ways of Writing Art


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noun - the use of detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device.

You will start this 11-week course by taking a look at traditional examples of ekphrasis like John Keat’s Ode to a Grecian Urn or W.H. Auden’s Musee des Beaux Arts, you will quickly begin writing your own poetry inspired by different art forms.

You’ll learn new approaches to writing ekphrastic poems, extending your poems beyond the frame, and expand your definition of art across the course to include paintings, sculpture, music, dance and film. This is a workshop based course so there will be plenty of writing prompts, time to discuss your own work, and to receive edits across the weeks.  

If you love talking about art, or love writing poetry, this course is an engaging opportunity to learn to search for interesting details in new source material and to discover new inspiration for your poetry. 

All levels are welcome to attend the course, but some experience in reading and writing poetry is advisable.



About the Tutor

Bebe Ashley lives in Belfast. Her work is most recently published in bath magg, Poetry Ireland Review, and Modern Poetry in Translation. Her debut collection Gold Light Shining was published by Banshee Press.

In 2021, Bebe was longlisted for the Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Experiment and awarded a Chair of Ireland Poetry Trust Award. Most recently, Bebe was selected as one of nine artists to receive a Digital Evolution Award in support of a project Confetti that explores poetic potential of Braille and 3D printing.

For more information about Bebe and her work visit; bebe-ashley.com


Age Range16+ years
Half Term13 February 2023 until 18 February 2023

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