Featured Event – Ecopoetry Workshop with The Poetry School

‘Meeting with Microbes’: Ecopoetry Workshop with The Poetry School
National Writing Day | Weds 26th June | 6:30pm | Hill Street Design House, Edinburgh

On National Writing Day, Daisy Lafarge will be leading an ecopoetry workshop in Edinburgh. The workshop has been organised by The Poetry School to encourage the writing and understanding of ecopoetry, and to celebrate National Writing Day.

The workshop, using ecopoetry by Eleni Sikelianos, Katherine Larson and Jorie Graham, will explore the world of bacteria and how their relationship to humans and nature can be used to construct and deconstruct poetry.

Sally Carruthers, Director, The Poetry School, says: ‘Much of the natural world is invisible to us, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. This workshop using bacteria as inspiration, expands the scope of ecopoetry to include forms of life usually ignored by art.’


About Daisy Lafarge

Daisy Lafarge is a writer, artist and editor based in Edinburgh. Her pamphlet, ‘Understudies for Air’, was published by Sad Press in 2017 and selected as a book of the year by the White Review and the Poetry School. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2017, and was runner-up in the 2018 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Daisy is currently writing about animals and diseases at the University of Glasgow.


About The Poetry School and The Ginkgo Prize

The Poetry School is a national arts organisation providing inspiring tuition and opportunities for poets and poetry audiences. The Ginkgo Prize is a major international award for ecopoetry, funded by the Edward Goldsmith Foundation and organised by the Poetry School. Every year, the competition awards £8,000 in prize money, provides writers’ residencies for the winners, and supports the development of ecopoetry through a programme of free workshops, and a series of incisive essays by leading ecological writers.

To find out more about the workshops and to register:  https://ginkgoprize.com/workshops/

About National Writing Day

National Writing Day is an annual celebratory project designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. The message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power. On National Writing Day individuals, schools, groups and organisations are encouraged to participate in a writing exercise, a seven minute ‘write away’ on the theme of place, which can be a physical place, a place in time or an imaginary place.

National Writing Day is a collaborative initiative between First Story and partners across the UK. First Story is a national literacy charity dedicated to changing lives through writing. It was started in 2008 by the writer William Fiennes (author of The Music Room and The Snow Geese) and former teacher Katie Waldegrave (author of The Poets’ Daughters). First Story brings talented, professional writers into secondary schools serving low-income communities to work with teachers and students to foster creativity and communication skills. First Story co-ordinates and delivers National Writing Day in partnership with over 40 national literacy and arts organisations. National Writing Day is an annual celebratory project designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. It is made possible with support from Old Possums Practical Trust and Arts Council England.


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National Writing Day is led by First Story and partners across the UK.