THE POETRY SESSIONS
...and it was nearly done, this frail
Travelling coincidence; and what it held
Stood ready to be loosed with all the power
That being changed can give. We slowed again,
And as the tightened brakes took hold, there swelled
A sense of falling, like an arrow-shower
Sent out of sight, somewhere becoming rain.
Welcome! I run poetry sessions and teach acting.
I started the poetry sessions at the start of lockdown 2020 as a response to the sudden loss of human connection we were all experiencing. They are relaxing explorations of poems and other texts, spoken out loud and shared. There is no prerequisite to the work (you don't have to be a performer) other than an open heart, an open mind and a love of the spoken word.
Poetry can help us navigate periods of change, articulate our experience of loss, celebrate new life, a threshold crossed, and give us courage and hope when we feel overwhelmed. Sometimes the right poem comes along at the right time and becomes a friend. I know for me that has often been the case.
I run blocks of sessions which culminate in an informal sharing with other participants or we can meet for a one-off session. All sessions are currently online.
In addition to this, I run a monthly poetry circle - an informal monthly meet-up for actors and non-actors who would like to share a poem and listen to others. Get in touch if this is of interest.
Nature photo by Janelle Lynch. Courtesy of the artist and Flowers Gallery, London.