Poet Traci O’Dea leads this workshop in creating ekphrastic poetry – poetry inspired by another artform – in this context drawings.
Poet Traci O’Dea will lead a workshop in which attendees will read ekphrastic poetry – poetry inspired by another artform – participants will then explore the drawings in the exhibition to inspire the creation of new poems in response and with support from the tutor and the group.
Since Homer’s description of Achilles’ shield in The Iliad, poets have been inspired by the visual arts. Paintings can also serve as a buffer through which poets can write about complex, personal feelings. Poet Traci O’Dea will lead a workshop in which attendees will read ekphrastic poetry–poetry inspired by visual art–then explore the art in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition to find inspiration for writing their own poems.
The workshop will begin with Traci O’dea reading examples of ekphrastic poetry, participants will then look at the drawings in the exhibition making notes and developing ideas for new poems. Participants will craft their poems with feedback from the tutor and peers to develop their final pieces.
The following Friday participants will be invited to a live poetry event where the poems created in the workshop will be read in a relaxed gathering with drinks on Friday 24th February 6-8pm.
An American poet living in Jersey, Traci O’Dea is the author of two poetry collections: Waving (Assure Press, 2021) and Restricted Movement (Scotland Street Press, 2021) for which she received a Seed Funding Grant from Arthouse Jersey. The audio book for Restricted Movement was released in November 2022. Her poems appear in the following places: BBC Radio Jersey, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Literary Matters, The Hopkins Review, The Jersey Evening Post, the Goethe Institut, and elsewhere. In 2023, Scotland Street Press will publish Traci O’Dea’s feminist interpretations of Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal.