Where Are the Birds Taking Me?
An online poetry-writing workshop on the theme of birds, suitable for writers of all levels of ability.
Birds help us notice our surroundings. Birds animate our world; a street or a forest without birdsong is an eerie place. Yet their sense of and relation to the world is wholly other. With their ability to access places inaccessible to us as humans, whether tree-tops, lamp-posts or a rocky island in the middle of a loch, they make us aware of other perspectives.
In this writing session, we will talk about the birds we see and hear around us – what, where, when – and read some poems about birds. We will discuss our knowledge and experience of birds locally – gulls, crows, sparrows, blackbirds, robins, starlings, ducks, pigeons and so on.
Suitable for all abilities – no experience necessary. Just bring a curiosity about birds, and something to write with.
Image: Lisa Hooper, ‘Herring Gulls’ (2020)