Red Line Book Festival 2021 Writer in Residence Announced - Call for Participation of Online Ecopoetry Workshop

26 Jul, 2021

Red Line Book Festival 2021 Writer in Residence Announced - Call for Participation of Online Ecopoetry Workshop

Poet and Biologist Jane Robinson is the Red Line Book Festival Writer in Residence 2021 and is seeking expressions of interest for her 5 week online poetry course.

Monday 26th July - Red Line Book Festival has appointed the award winning poet and biologist Jane Robinson as this year’s Writer in Residence. As part of her residency, Robinson will lead a five-week online course – free and open to the public to apply – titled Unroar - Online Outdoor Poetry in a Time of Ecological Crisis.

Based in Dublin, poet and biologist Jane Robinson spoke of her residency saying:

‘Questions of environmental breakdown and how to approach them through poetry have long been integral to my writing practice’.

She went on to say: During this five-week course, participants will learn more about poetry, biology, local nature and eco-poetry; combined with practical methods for approaching the page when brought down by despair and anger over climate change and biodiversity loss.


Interested participants may apply for this workshop series by Tuesday 24 August.

Editor’s Notes:

Inviting poets and writers with an interest in poetry, environment and natural history to participate: this course has now been moved to an entirely online format accessible from anywhere in the world with meetings held via zoom on Mondays (18.00 to 20.00 Irish Standard Time): 30th August; 6th and 20th September; 4th and 18th October. In the intervening weeks independent outdoor writing will be guided by a variety of suggestions on location, subject, form, and the invitation to submit new work for feedback; zoom sessions are to include discussions of contemporary poets and their practices, ecopoetry, climate and biodiversity.

This eight week long course hosted by Jane Robinson will explore poetry, ecology and ecopoetry through generative outdoor writing and online discussions. Participants will be invited to write and edit new work; discuss contemporary poetry, poets and their practices; and examine field biology, biodiversity, and environmental issues such as extinction and climate change. Reading suggestions in poetry and natural history will be supplied throughout the course.

Jane Robinson, poet and biologist, lives in Dublin. She holds a PhD from the California Institute of Technology and her first poetry collection 'Journey to the Sleeping Whale&' (Salmon, 2018) received the Shine-Strong Award; other recognitions include the Strokestown International Poetry Prize and the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Award. Recent essays are in Skylight 47-14 (2021) and in ‘Irish Women Poets Rediscovered’ (Cork University Press, in press).

How to Apply

Please send us a letter (one page maximum) by email to to

include the following by latest midnight Monday 23rd August:

 reason for interest in taking the course;

 confirm availability for above outlined dates;

 details of previous writing experience and publication record if any;

 information about yourself;

 a two page sample of poetry or short prose may be included but is not essential.

Workshops are fully inclusive and open to all levels, from absolute beginners to experienced writers. Each participant will receive private feedback as the course unfolds, and the opportunity for a one-to-one discussion with the tutor.

THE RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL is an initiative of South Dublin County Council. Held in October each year, the festival celebrates the very best in local, national and international writing. Taking place in venues across South County Dublin, the Red Line Book Festival provides a programme of events and workshops that appeals to people of all ages and interests, from children to adults, casual readers to bookworms. The 2021 festival runs October 11th - 17th.

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Unsplash @majesticlukas / A young woman covering her face with a large leaf.