This poetry reading and writing workshop looks at both our rich tradition of nature poetry and the emerging ecopoetry that responds to the challenges of our contemporary natural world.
Using reading and creative writing exercises you will deepen your appreciation of the sensual pleasure of poetry and enhance your appreciation of nature and you will explore poetry’s immersive magic as well as its art and craft.
You’ll also be encouraged to develop your natural poetic voice in a constructive and supportive environment.
Come and enjoy the myriad ways that the poetry of nature opens the door to the heart.
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