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THE POETRY SESSIONS

'It's only oblivion, true: 
We had it before, but then it was going to end, 
And was all the time merging with a unique endeavour 
To bring to bloom the million-petalled flower 
Of being here.' 

Philip Larkin

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, approached from a performance angle. There is no prerequisite to the work 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 and becomes a friend. 

The poetry sessions are one-to-one or can work for small groups. An individual stand-alone session is available, where we can work with a specific focus or occasion in mind. I also run blocks of six sessions which culminate in an informal sharing with other participants. The sessions are currently online.

Please go to testimonials to find out what people are saying about my work both with the poetry sessions and also as an acting coach

Nature photo by Janelle Lynch. Courtesy of the artist and Flowers Gallery, London.

 

SPRING AND FALL

To a young child

Márgarét, áre you gríeving

Over Goldengrove unleaving?

Leáves like the things of man, you

With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?

Ah! ás the heart grows older

It will come to such sights colder

By and by, nor spare a sigh

Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;

And yet you wíll weep and know why.

Now no matter, child, the name:

Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.

Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed

What heart heard of, ghost guessed:

It ís the blight man was born for,

It is Margaret you mourn for.


Gerald Manley Hopkins

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