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Workshop: Poetry & Voice

led by Katherine Gallagher

Dates: 2016-2017, London

NOTE: My Poetry & Voice Workshop will not be continuing in 2016-17.
I will however be doing one-off workshops from time to time. Watch this space.

Wanting to develop your poetry-skills, explore your poetry 'voice'?
This workshop offers ways into writing poetry. Writing-exercises and constructive feedback. Practical criticism of existing work.
The emphasis is on tuning into ourselves and the poem, its particular shapes and rhythms. For new and experienced writers. Please bring 12 copies of one poem for critique and feedback.

Katherine Gallagher is a widely-published poet and experienced poetry tutor. She has five full-length collections of poetry, including Tigers on the Silk Road (Arc Publications, 2000), Circus-Apprentice (Arc, 2006) and Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems, published by Arc in April, 2010. From 2002 - 2008, she was Writers Inc Education Officer. Circus-Apprentice was selected as Book of the Month (March 2007) on the Poetry Kit (http://www.poetrykit.org).

Penelope Shuttle on Circus-Apprentice – ‘. . strong, resourceful and varied
Patricia McCarthy (ed. Agenda) on Tigers on the Silk Road – ‘. . an impressive clarity and freshness of voice.

  • T: 0208 881 1418
  • E: mail@katherine-gallagher.com

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Barnet Workshop - Ways into Writing

led by Katherine Gallagher at Friends' House, Leicester Street, East Barnet, London. EN5.

Dates: 2016-2017, London
Wednesdays: 1.00 - 4.00 p.m. -- Monthly
Ways into Writing. For new and experienced writers.
Dates of next workshops:
7 Sep
12 Oct
9 Nov
7 Dec
11 Jan
15 Feb
15 Mar
19 Apr
17 May
14 Jun
5 Jul
Cost per session: £14

Pre-bookings and further details:

Contact Katherine Gallagher
  • T: 0208 881 1418
  • E: mail@katherine-gallagher.com
N.B. PLEASE SEND ANY MAIL FOR ME TO MY PRIVATE ADDRESS:
49 Myddleton Road, Wood Green, London. N22 8LZ

AND NOT TO THE FRIENDS’ HOUSE.
Thanks.

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Stevie Smith Poetry Workshop


STEVIE SMITH: THE OUTSIDER: AN ENIGMA
‘Not Waving but Drowning: Not Drowning but Waving’
Poetry Workshop with Katherine Gallagher
Date and venue to be announced.

On the surface, Stevie Smith’s life (1903-1971) was simple – uneventful, self-effacing, but underneath, it was eclectic and driven. Her biographer Frances Spalding links the life to the poems, poems that Stevie said contained ‘her whole life . . . everything I have lived through, and done, and seen, and read and imagined and thought and argued.‘ Her famous poem ‘Not Waving but Drowning’ is now part of everyday language:
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.
Her life and poetry showed her to be loved but also the perennial ‘outsider’ – this is her paradox spelled out in her most important relationships: with her great ‘Lion Aunt’ and Palmers Green; with her job (the same one for thirty years); with God; and with Death – these all interrelating. Indeed, poetry became her fortress for, as she said, though ‘the human creature is alone in his carapace . . . poetry is a strong way out.’
Stevie Smith is witty, brilliant, funny, anarchic, humane. Participants will gain new insights into her relationship with her Muse:
Why does my Muse only speak when she is unhappy?
She does not. I only listen when I am unhappy
When I am happy I live and despise writing
For my Muse this cannot but be dispiriting.
The workshop will focus Stevie Smith’s life while concentrating on the legacy of her poetry, using some poems as ‘example’ inspirations for writing-exercises and feedback.

Katherine Gallagher is a widely-published poet and experienced tutor. She has five full collections of poetry, most recently Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems (Arc Publications, 2010).
W: http://www.katherine-gallagher.com E: mail@katherine-gallagher.com

In 2002, she was co-organiser of the Stevie Smith Centenary Palmers Green Poetry Festival: ‘Ten Days with Stevie Smith.’
See also http://www.strange-attractor.co.uk/stevie.smith.index.htm
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’THE BLOOD JET IS POETRY’: THE LEGACY OF SYLVIA PLATH

Writing Workshop with Katherine Gallagher
Date and venue to be announced.

Fifty years after her death, Sylvia Plath continues to intrigue writers and readers. Unfortunately, the question of her role as a protagonist in the battle of the sexes, the tragedy of her suicide in February, 1963 and the causes that led up to it, have obscured her genius as a poet and her true legacy. Nevertheless, her iconic status has grown. Following her separation from Ted Hughes in September,1962, Plath moved to London with her two children and there over the next few months wrote the majority of her brilliant Ariel poems – ‘poems’ as she told her mother, ’that will make my name’.

This workshop will focus Plath’s life while concentrating on the legacy of her poetry – using some ‘example’ poems as inspirations for writing-exercises and feedback. Plath’s poems were innovatory – poems such as women hadn’t written before: personal, incantatory, visionary, raw.
She put her own distinctive mark on the American ‘confessional’ poetry style evolving in the 1950s.’The blood jet is poetry’ she said: Taking inspiration from Plath’s gift for transformations, we will explore ways of creating poems using strong metaphors, ‘other voices’, and dramatic monologues.

Katherine Gallagher is a widely-published poet and experienced poetry tutor. She has five full collections of poetry, including most recently Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems (Arc Publications, 2010).
W: http://www.katherine-gallagher.com E: mail@katherine-gallagher.com

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