Class No. 801 – fee $420
PLAYING IN THE SNOW – A POETRY WORKSHOP
Tutor – GLENN COLQUHOUN
Wallace Stevens once wrote that ‘People should like poetry the way a child likes snow and they would if poets wrote it.’ In this course Glenn Colquhoun will work with anyone who wants to write poetry for people to play in. You will need to bring some poetry you have been working on but there will also be opportunity to write new poetry and polish pieces throughout the week. He will look at a range of poetic styles and voices from the formal to the informal and also explore written poetry in the context of the oral poetries that gave rise to it. Poetry is an old form of science. It asks what and why? And it always reaches. This course is for anyone who wants to scoop up words, roll them into a ball and throw at each other.
Glenn Colquhoun is a poet and children’s writer. His first collection The art of walking upright won the Jessie Mackay best first book of poetry award at the 2000 Montana book awards. Playing God, his third collection, won the poetry section of the same awards in 2003 as well as the reader’s choice award that year. He has written four children’s books and published a book of essays entitled Jumping ship and other essays. He was awarded the Prize in modern letters in 2004 and a Fulbright scholarship to Harvard University in 2010. In 2012 he was part of the ‘Transit of Venus’ poetry exchange at the Frankfurt book fair and in 2014 represented New Zealand on the Commonwealth Poets United poetry project which celebrated the Glasgow Commonwealth Games that year. Late love – sometimes doctors need saving as much as their patients was published by BWB in 2016. He works as a GP in Horowhenua.