Unroar – Online Outdoor Poetry in a Time of Ecological Crisis

Unroar – Online  Outdoor Poetry in a Time of Ecological Crisis

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 Skylight47 #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 wir@redlinebookfestival.ie to include the following by latest Tuesday 24 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.

  • Venue: Various
  • Time: Mon 30 Aug - Mon 18 Oct
  • Price: Free, booking required by email