Literary Workshops 2019

Poetry for Beginners with Billy Ramsell

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Poetry for Beginners with Billy Ramsell
(Pushing It)

Billy Ramsell

Colaiste Pobail Bheanntraí

Mon 16 July to Fri 20 July 2018

09.30 - 12.30


Age Range

You’ve started to write poetry. You’ve been assembling coherent lines and stanzas, wrenching music from sentences and syllables. You might even have been lucky enough to see your work in print.

This workshop is designed to help you take the next step.

We’ll learn not to rest contented with a poem’s earliest configuration. Instead we’ll keep pushing things, playing with shape and meaning in the hope that a text’s full potential might be unlocked.  

We’ll use as our exemplars not only contemporary poets like Alice Oswald and Jorie Graham but also canonical figures like Wordsworth and Donne, as well writers and artists like Schoenberg, Kafka and Picasso.

We’ll utilise a variety of techniques, from rhyming to dreaming, to let our poems reveal their intentions.

We’ll work together in order to push ourselves, and our compositions, somewhere genuinely unexpected. 

Billy Ramsell was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC. He has published two collections with Dedalus Press, Complicated Pleasures in 2007 and The Architect’s Dream of Winter in 2013, which was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and has recently been published in Italian translation.

He was awarded the Chair of Ireland Bursary for 2013 and the Poetry Ireland Residency Bursary for 2015. He has been invited to read his work at many festivals and literary events around the world and has taught on the MFA programme at Sierra Nevada College. He lives in Cork where he co-runs an educational publishing company.