Surprise Yourself - Poetry Writing Workshop
with Geraldine Mitchell
When we read a poem what we’re hoping for is that moment when we catch our breath because an image or a phrase has altered our perception in some way, transported us somewhere new. But when we’re writing, reaching that magic place with language is often the hardest thing. In this workshop we will look at some poems where the word-magic happens and then, responding to Geraldine’s tricks and triggers, you will start writing your own poems (or short prose pieces). Suitable for all levels of writing experience.
Dublin-born Geraldine Mitchell has lived on the Co. Mayo coast, overlooking Clare Island, for almost twenty years and this wild landscape inhabits her poems, providing an ever-present chorus of sea, sky and hills. Geraldine won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2008 and has since won further awards and published three collections of poems with Arlen House: World Without Maps (2011), Of Birds and Bones (2014) and most recently Mountains for Breakfast, launched by Michael Longley in 2017. This most recent collection has been the focus of an exhibition by four visual artists, including her printmaker daughter, Lisa Molina, and was shown in Galway as part of Cuirt 2018. Geraldine has also written two novels for young people and a biography.