This seven-week course is designed to roam the pleasures of language that are the source of poetry.
You will experience the power of a primal verbal art to imaginatively transform your feelings and thoughts into a fresh creation. Guidance in following poetry’s history and craft will be offered; but you’ll also get the chance to strike out alone, producing your own work and receiving constructive feedback in a friendly, safe environment.
Beginners and more experienced writers/poets equally welcome. Come and explore!
Recommended text: “STAYING ALIVE: real poems for unreal times”. Edited by Neil Astley. Published by Bloodaxe.
About the Tutor
Mary Montague is a poet and fiction writer.
Her poetry collections include ‘Black Wolf on a White Plain’ (Summer Palace Press 2001) and ‘Tribe’ (Dedalus Press 2008). She has been published in numerous journals, nationally and internationally, and has been widely anthologised, most recently in ‘Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry’ (Arlen House 2017).
Her work has been translated into French, Italian and Russian. A love of the natural world informs much of her writing (she is a trained ornithologist).
She is also a qualified teacher with over 15 years experience of teaching in schools, as well as many years experience of facilitating and tutoring creative writing and poetry in a variety of settings including: Open College of the Arts; Stranmillis University College; MarketPlace Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh; First Steps Women’s Centre, Dungannon; Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast; and other places besides.
She is a professional member of the National Association of Writers in Education, and of the Irish Writers Centre, through which she offers one-to-one mentoring. She was awarded a grant by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2017 for her fiction.
More details of her work can be found online: marymontaguewritersite.wordpress.com