Souvenir : A poetry workshop about memories.
A souvenir, memento or keepsake is an object a person acquires for the memories the owner associates with it. The word comes from the French ‘souvenir’, which means to remember.
In this workshop we will look at how objects or photos from our past can evoke memories and inspire new poems. We will look at and discuss example poems by a variety of poets to identify various approaches and help stimulate your creativity. You will be given writing prompts to facilitate the use of the different methods we have examined.
We will also take advantage of the surreal art around us in Farleys galleries and garden for added inspiration on a journey into the marvellous!
Please bring some old photos or an object attached to your past or a souvenir to help inspire you.
Also: a pen, notebook, your eyes and your imagination!
Derek Adams has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths and his poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the UK and abroad.
He was BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year in 2006 and his pamphlet Postcards to Olympus won the Poetry Monthly Booklet Competition in 2004.