This generative workshop will focus on exploring the poetry of childhood, the body, identity, and voice to facilitate participants digging deeper into their poetic selves to encourage creative risk-taking and, most importantly, the writing of new poems. Participants of all stages are welcome, though it would probably be best suited to those with at least one magazine publication. All that is required is willingness to try new things and mild enthusiasm!
What the workshop covers
We will read a selection of poems from a diverse selection of contemporary poets and discuss them. We will then use these poems as springboards for us to write our own poems. These poems will encourage participants to truly engage with their poetic selves to go deeper and create more resonant and authentic work. This workshop is a poetic journey of self-discovery!
Victoria Kennefick is a poet, writer and teacher from Shanagarry, Co. Cork now based in Co. Kerry. Her first collection, Eat or We Both Starve, was published by Carcanet Press in March 2021. It won the Seamus Heaney Prize for Best First Collection 2022 and the Dalkey Literary Festival Emerging Writer of the Year Award 2022. A recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award from the Arts Council of Ireland, she has received bursaries from Kerry County Council and Words Ireland. She is a co-host of the Unlaunched Books Podcast and was on the committee of Listowel Writers’ Week, Ireland’s longest-running literary festival.