Sandra Beasley: Bringing the World to the Poem, March 20 - 23
Venue: Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork

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Four-Morning, Four Masters, March 20 - 23
Venue: Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork

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Manuscript Makeover, one hour appointments availalbe from 3pm - 5pm, March 20 - 23
Venue: Munster Literature Centre, Douglas Street
, Cork

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Payment will be accepted by cheque/postal order (made payable to the Munster Literature Centre), by credit card via PayPal (link provided on registration), or cash (payable in person at The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork). To book your place please email or phone us at +353(0)21 431 2955.


Sandra Beasley: Bringing the World to the Poem
Limited to 15 participants, €180
Wednesday to Saturday 9.30am—12.30pm

Poems plumb depths of human nature—our loves and losses. But the emotional interior can be a monotonous landscape. What about writing poems that want to venture beyond the self? In this four-session workshop, we’ll celebrate poems that map external landscapes: poems that survey the bright particulars of a world shaped by animals, food, travel, and science. If you’ve ever felt in a rut as a writer, this is the workshop for you.

In each class, we’ll begin with a guided close reading of texts to foster understanding of how a poem works. We’ll integrate practical craft tips on how to expand imagery, break lines, and use sound to spark curiosity and provide closure. Every workshop will include a generative prompt, connected to the theme at hand, and in-class drafting. We’ll have time to share this work, or other poems brought in by participants, for informal critique.

Wednesday: Animals are the great verb-sources of the Earth. They leap, they scratch, they shimmy, they bark, they howl. They don’t necessarily care what we think of their behaviour, except when they do. “For I perceived God’s light about him both wax and fire,” wrote Christopher Smart, in Jubilate Agno, Fragment B, [For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry]. In our first session, we’ll capture the movement of animals in verse.

Thursday: Food gives us taste, scent, and texture. The sweet bite of a crisp apple; the smell of a cobbler’s bubbling, buttery crust. Poets such as Seamus Heaney, Charles Simic, and Elizabeth Alexander remind us of fundamental acts of nourishment in traumatic times. Memory is a kind of recipe-making, guiding future traditions and relating across generations. In this session, we’ll look at how food can provide structure and sensory detail to poems.

Friday: Travel imagery is rich literally and figuratively, introducing us to new possibilities and transforming palettes. But can we balance the impulses to “tour” and to immerse? As one of her “Questions of Travel,” Elizabeth Bishop asked, "Is it right to be watching strangers in a play / in this strangest of theatres?” This session encourages participants to recall and investigate their travels, whether local or international in scale.

Saturday: Science invites rigor; rigor offers structure; poems thrive in creative spaces infused by process. For our final session, we’ll look at reflections on Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, as well as realities—from cosmology to toxic flora—that seem coolly uninvested in human intervention. We’ll discuss the pleasures and perils of research, strategies for situating scholarly vocabularies, and how to make it all come alive on the page.

Sandra Beasley is the 2019 John Montague International Poetry Fellow and will be reading on at the festival on March 20th. She is the author of three poetry collections: Count the WavesI Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a disability memoir and cultural history of food allergies. Honors for her work include a 2015 NEA Literature Fellowship, the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, and four DCCAH Artist Fellowships. She is also the author of the memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, and editor of Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at the University of Tampa.


Four Mornings, Four Masters (with Pat Boran, Pascale Petit, Kim Addonizio and David Harsent)
Limited to 8 participants, €250
Wednesday to Saturday 9.30am—12.30pm

Each participant will have the opportunity to have four of their poems discussed by a different master on each of the four days. The higher cost of this workshop is down to it being a very small class where each participant’s work will receive much individual attention. The participant will submit their poems, one to each of the masters, who will read them in advance of workshops. 20 minutes will be devoted to each participant's poem every day. Participants must have at least two periodical publication credits.

Wednesday: Pat Boran
Poet, writer and broadcaster Pat Boran has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose—among them Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2015), The Next Life (2012) and A Man is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems (2017), as well as the humorous memoir The Invisible Prison (2009), and the popular writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop, now in its fourth edition. He is a former presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio 1, and works part-time as a literary editor in which capacity he has edited numerous anthologies of poetry and prose.

Thursday: Sasha Dugdale
Poet, playwright, and translator Sasha Dugdale was born in Sussex, England. She has worked as a consultant for theatre companies in addition to writing her own plays. From 1995 to 2000, she worked for the British Council in Russia. She has published four collections of poetry with Carcanet, Notebook (2003), The Estate (2007), Red House (2011), and Joy (2017). In 2017 she was awarded a Cholmondeley Prize. Between 2012 and 2017 she was editor of Modern Poetry in Translation. She is co-director of the Winchester Poetry Festival.

Friday: Kim Addonizio
Kim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry, The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me. Her latest books are Mortal Trash: Poems (W.W. Norton) and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress (Penguin). She recently collaborated on a chapbook, The Night Could Go in Either Direction (Slapering Hol) with poet Brittany Perham.

Saturday: David Harsent
David Harsent won the 2014 TS Eliot prize for his book Fire Songs. His most recent collection, Salt, was published by Faber & Faber in 2017. Night (2011), a Poetry Book Society Choice, was shortlisted for the Costa, Forward and T. S. Eliot poetry prizes and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize. He won the 2005 Forward Prize for Legion, which was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and the TS Eliot Award; he has also been the recipient of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, an Eric Gregory Award, two Arts Council bursaries and a Society of Authors Fellowship.


Manuscript Makeover with James Harpur
Limited to 8 appointments, €100
One-hour session each, two per afternoon (3 - 5pm), Wednesday to Saturday

Is a poetry collection gathering dust in your top drawer? Are you unsure about your latest batch of poems – line endings, poem titles, clichés, clunky rhythms? Or perhaps you’re seeking new directions, or advice about the poetry publishing world?
James will scrutinise your work, write comments on your manuscript, and present sympathetic, insightful and honest feedback to you face to face in a highly focused one-hour session. This is a rare opportunity to receive critical comments in person from an experienced practitioner of the poetic craft.
The cost per session/makeover is €100 for a maximum of 20 poems on a maximum of 20 pages (one-and-half line spacing, 12pt type), which includes time spent on them before the sessions. Advance booking is essential – only eight one-hour sessions are available, two per afternoon, 3-5 pm, Wednesday to Saturday. Manuscripts must be sent to James at least two weeks in advance of the festival.

James Harpur has had five poetry collections published by Anvil Press and is a past winner of the UK National Poetry Competition. Angels and Harvesters (2012), was a PBS Recommendation and shortlisted for the 2013 Irish Times Poetry Now Award. His latest book, The White Silhouette (2018), is published by Carcanet.


Payment will be accepted by cheque/postal order (made payable to the Munster Literature Centre), by credit card via PayPal (link provided on registration), or cash (payable in person at The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork). To book your place please email or phone us at +353(0)21 431 2955.

Additional Information
Our workshop venue has wheelchair access. If you have limited mobility, please let us know in advance so we can arrange to make the experience as pleasant as possible for you. Every effort will be made to make sure that the programme proceeds as advertised but the Munster Literature Centre accepts no responsibility for changes made due to circumstances beyond our control—refunds will be given only if a workshop is cancelled. As workshops sell out, notification of such will be posted on this page.