Flitting through our minds, settling in our imagination, in omens and augury, birds have been part of human artistic expression from ancient times.
Poetry is a natural environment for species that appears as symbols and metaphors, sing of belonging and yearning, and let dreams take flight.
During this workshop you will explore the relationship between poetry and birds with close reading and discussion of a wide range of avian-inspired poems. You’ll also be inspired to write new work, gaining constructive feedback in a supportive environment.
Like a lark, a nightingale or an eagle, you’ll have the chance to test your wings and free your creative aspirations.
Recommended reading: ‘The Poetry of Birds’, edited by Tim Dee & Simon Armitage.
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) and 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 by visiting: marymontaguewritersite.wordpress.com