The 30-hour workshop runs 7 hours a day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - and Saturday morning. Thursday is a day off for sight-seeing or rest.
This workshop is for poets, poetry lovers, spoken word and performance poets and anyone who longs to speaks poetry out loud but is a bit afraid they’ll get it wrong. For the avid poetry speaker, here is the opportunity to revel in a banquet of versification while exploring the significance of changing rhythms, rhyme schemes and poetic forms.
There will be daily voice and body warm-ups.
We start with a haiku because it provides a perfect miniature poetry-speaking exercise. Within 17 syllables we experience how to embody imagery and arouse sensory and emotional response to words. We address the multiple levels and layers of imagination, imagery, memory and experience that lie behind and between the words on the page and the spoken word. Each participant will be given a haiku to work on.
Thereafter the teaching will be active, on-your-feet, choral practice through a range of poetic styles from John Donne to Alexander Pope, John Keats, Lord Byron, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, E.E. Cummings, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Walt Whitman, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Dorothy Parker, Stevie Smith, Samuel Beckett and others.
Following the group work Kristin will work with each participant on a poem of his or her own choosing. Participants can either come with a prepared poem, one of his or her own creation, or choose to work on one of the workshop poems.
Accommodation: You will be housed at the Voice Centre in our new, purpose-built Bothy. All rooms are single occupancy with shared toilet/shower facilities.
Duration: The workshop offers a minimum of 30 hours tuition time.
Sunday: Please plan your arrival to be at the Voice Centre for 6pm for a welcome dinner and orientation. You will be collected from the ferry or airport and taken to the Centre (please note travel times: 45 mins from airport, 20 mins from ferry).
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: These are your core working days.
Classes run from 9.00am - 1.00pm and 3.00pm to 6.00pm.
There will be a two-hour lunch break from 1.00pm - 3.00pm.
The evening meal will be served at around 6.30pm.
Thursday: This is a day for study and relaxation, either staying home at the Centre or out exploring Orkney. Breakfast will be available as normal but lunch and dinner will not be provided. You may cook for yourself or eat out at a restaurant. Thursday’s plans will be arranged once you are here.
Saturday: There will be a final morning session of voice work 9.00-12.30.
Departures are any time after 12.30, and lunch will be provided if your departure is later than 12.30.