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Poems to Live by

Poems to Live by
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19 Apr 2024 to 21 Apr 2024 

Course Leader:  Rosie Jackson

Course Date:  Friday 19 - Sunday 21 April

Course Options:  Residential - £350 Non Residential - £254

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Course Code:  R0724

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In this workshop we will write poems inspired by some of the great mystics of the past and present. We will not deny difficult personal or social realities, but move through them to find meaning and epiphany. From Rumi and Hafiz, through Donne, Herbert and Yeats, to R.S. Thomas, Marie Howe, Jane Hirshfield and many more, we will explore ways of finding radiance, faith and the sacred in the most challenging of circumstances. Derek Walcot claimed ‘Poetry is a form of prayer.’  Come and immerse yourself in words and silences that reveal the life of the spirit within the everyday and show you how to turn writing into a daily practice of revelation and affirmation.

Course Leader:  ROSIE JACKSON B.A., D.Phil., is a prize-winning poet and creative writing tutor now living in Devon after many years in Somerset. She is on the team of Poetry Teignmouth and runs workshops in UK and in Cortijo Romero, Spain. A passionate believer in the power of the creative arts to heal and transform, Rosie has worked in many community and health contexts.  She enjoys collaborating with other writers, artists, film-makers and photographers. 

Her most recent poetry collections are: Love Leans over the Table ( Two Rivers Press, 2023), Light Makes it Easy  (Indigo Dreams, 2022), Aloneness is a Many-headed Bird  (with Dawn Gorman, Hedgehog Press, 2020), Two Girls and a Beehive: Poems about Stanley Spencer and Hilda Carline  (with Graham Burchell, Two Rivers Press, 2020), The Light Box  (Cultured Llama, 2016). 

In 2023, Rosie was commended in the National Poetry Competition (out of 17,800 entries!) for her poem about the medieval mystic Margery Kempe.  Other awards include 1st prize Teignmouth 2021, 1st  prize Poetry Space 2019, 1st  prize Wells 2018, 1st  prize Stanley Spencer Competition 2017. 

Moniza Alvi says of her work: ‘These are rare, nourishing poems, open and vulnerable, spiritually aware and with an acute sense of beauty and struggle.’  

Bel Mooney wrote in a review of the new collection: ‘She is a rare poet of transcendence who expresses the inexplicable with grace.’   

Kim Moore writes: ‘There is a restless energy and a searching intelligence at work here – creating startling, moving poems that explore the porous, shifting boundary between the historical and the contemporary.'



The balance will be due 10 days prior to the event

Non Residential

The balance will be due 10 days prior to the event