Theatre and book reviews by Janice Dempsey
We spent the day at Jane Austen's House Museum today, at a one-day poetry workshop led by Maura Dooley. It was a brilliant experience and we all wrote a great deal. The theme was "Writing for Occasions" but it was definitely not designed for producing Patience-Strong-inspired birthday-card or Christmas-card ditties (as I had feared!). Maura, herself an excellent poet, brought our best personal work out of us with a variety of stimulating exercises. Here's one of the poems I wrote today - edited but probably not finished. It's a poem I wouldn't have written if I hadn't been at the workshop - that's a recommendation in itself, as far as I'm concerned.
We're going back in December for Maura's next workshop in her role as Poet in Residence at the Jane Austen Museum, and so are most of the others who were there today. We can't wait!