Dream and Vision: Poetry workshop with Sean O’Brien
‘Life is a dream, or very nearly’ - Peter Porter, ‘Last of the Dinosaurs’
The experience of falling asleep, dreaming, dream-visions, and waking, lend themselves perfectly to the poetic form; where daytime and night-time, dream and reality, often meet.
Three-time Forward Poetry Prize winner Sean O’Brien is himself known, amongst other things, for his imaginative descriptions of the North Eastern landscape where he was brought up, which often take on an intense, dream-like quality.
In this workshop, Sean will show you how to make the crossing in either direction between waking and dreaming, armed only with a pen and paper. All he asks is for you to bring your curiosity and an open mind!
Methods involved will include: group discussion of examples, time to write, and the sharing and discussion of poems written during the session.
Limited availability – this workshop will have a maximum of 12 participants to ensure an intimate learning environment.
Sean O’Brien’s most recent collection The Beautiful Librarians (Picador 2015), was a PBS Choice, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and joint winner of the Roehampton Prize. In 2016 the first two cantos of Hammersmith were published by Hercules Editions. The complete book-length Hammersmith is to be published by Picador, who in 2016 also published his second novel, Once Again Assembled Here. Sean is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.