Friday 14th May 2021, 3pm
Poetry has a long history of speaking up against injustice, violence and prejudice. From the civil rights and women’s liberation movements to Black Lives Matter, poems have mobilised huge crowds, and poets have wielded language to create change.
In this online workshop, led by Rachel Bower, we will look at poems which protest and resist. Poems which speak out, speak up, speak back.
You will have the opportunity to take part in various writing exercises and prompts, and the chance to write your own poems of protest, resistance, empowerment and peace.
All welcome – no experience necessary. There will also be a chance to share your creations later in the festival.
Rachel Bower is an award-winning writer based in Sheffield. Her poems and stories have been widely published, including in Anthropocene, The London Magazine, Magma, New Welsh Reader and Stand. She is the author of Moon Milk (Valley Press) and a book on literary letters (Palgrave Macmillan). Rachel has had poems commissioned by BBC Radio, the British Library and Poet in the City, and she is currently editing an anthology with Simon Armitage (Faber & Faber). She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Leeds, and is also a beekeeper and wild swimming enthusiast!