Tuesday 25th May 2021
‘The water’s edge proved to be a memory theatre, a place of constant shape shifting and evocation of past lives.’ – Ken Worpole, 350 Miles: An Essex Journey
Subject to the twice-daily inundation of the tides, the estuary is a shifting terrain where land and water meet and part. Neither wholly land nor sea, this is a liminal place of instability and mutability, a ripe space in which to exercise our creativity.
Taking its inspiration from Heraclitus’ proverb – 'No man ever steps in the in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man', this workshop considers how the estuarine landscape might inspire new poetry and prose.
During this workshop, Caroline will share her creative practice and suggest a series of writing prompts and exercises to help unlock the imagination. Using archive photographs, historical documents and recorded sound, this will be a friendly and creative workshop suitable for anyone interested in writing about the landscape of the estuary.
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About the artist
Born in Essex and now resident in north Kent, Caroline Millar is a PhD candidate at the University of Kent, where she is writing a collection of interconnected stories based on walking the landscape of the Thames Estuary. A hybrid of memoir history and fictional reimaginings, her work sits at the intersection of place writing, psychogeography and autofiction.
Caroline’s fiction, non-fiction and poetry has been published in various places including The Guardian, Elsewhere: A Journal of Place, The New Writer, Poetry News and Litmus. She teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at Canterbury Christchurch University and has run writing workshops and courses for adults and children alike.