This workshop is for lovers of poetry and 1920s dance music. Where you will combine these passions via poems which Charleston – or foxtrot! Through stylish, lyrical language,celebrate a revolutionary era, when men and women became physically closer, through music, more than ever before. Let the saxophone backdrop luscious settings or bass notes underscore atmosphere and mood. Explore various forms of rhymes and rhyming schemes to imitate waltz or tango moves. Revitalise poetic creations with assonance and alliteration gems. Shimmy and shake; back to a time when excess and decadence proved the order of the day. The workshop will also look at some poetry from the era i.e. Langston Hughes’ ‘The Weary Blues’/’Jazzband in a Parisien Cabaret,’ among others. Come as you are or get into the mood with a touch of 1920s sartorial elegance.
Eileen Casey’s poetry, short fiction and prose is widely published in anthologies by Dedalus, Faber and Faber, New Island, The Nordic Irish Studies Journal, Poetry Ireland Review, among others. Her sixth poetry collection, Treasure (Arlen House, September 2021) forms part of a collaborative exhibition (The Strange Case of the Irish Elk) with Visual Artist Jeanne Cannizzo, supported by The Arts Council ofIreland and Offaly Arts.