Join Artist in Residence Ron Pretty for a one-day poetry workshop. Bluestone Chapel, Saturday 18 March, 10am – 4pm.

This is a workshop for more experienced writers, and explores the question of dealing with political, social and religious issues in poetry. Should poetry tackle such issues? If it is to be done, can it be done effectively? If so, how? What are the pitfalls? Where does poetry end and propaganda start? Is there any point in ‘preaching to the converted’? The concept of ‘the poetry of witness’ will be considered, as will questions of appropriation.These kinds of poems often have a bad press. Why is this? What should our attitude be?
After an introduction canvassing some of these questions, we will consider poems by published writers dealing with such issues, and particpants will be encouraged to bring in poems dealing with similar issues. Depending on the number of participants, some of these poems will be workshopped during the day, so participants will be asked to bring in multiple copies of their poems.

Ron Pretty has been writing poetry for more than 40 years.
 He has taught writing in schools, universities and community groups throughout Australia and overseas. From 1983 to 1999 he was Head of Writing at the University of Wollongong. He published 230 books by Australian poets in the 20 years 1987- 2007 as publisher for Five Islands Press. Between 2000 and 2007, he ran the Poetry Australia Foundation. He taught creative writing at the University of Melbourne 2004 – 2007. He was editor of the literary/arts magazine scarp, published by the University of Wollongong, from 1984 to 1999. He was managing editor of Blue Dog: Australian Poetry 2002 – 2007. He judged the Taronga Foundation Poetry Prize 2003-2009 and the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize (sponsored by Five Islands Press) in 2014 and 2016. Ron Pretty won the NSW Premier’s Special Prize for services to literature in 2001 and received an AM for services to Australian literature in 2002. His book on the writing of poetry, Creating Poetry, was republished in a new edition by Pitt Street Poetry in 2015. His ninth collection of poetry, The Left Hand Mirror, will be published by PsP this year.

Bluestone Chapel, Saturday 18 March, 10am – 4pm

$20 per person, includes tea and coffee
Bookings are essential as places are limited
To book, call Montsalvat on (03) 9439 7712

BYO lunch or make a booking at The Boulevard @ Montsalvat restaurant by calling (03) 9431 2681