Presents The Rebel issue
Please join us for an evening of poetry, which will begin with an open microphone session and be followed by a selection of readings from the current Rebel issue.
Wellington launch: Wed, Sept 16, 2009 - 7.30pm
Upstairs Thistle Inn,
3 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington.
It's all go. . . the readers are ready . . .the editors are ready . . . I'm sort of ready to read my new poem 'Closer' and so we'll be there on the night.
This morning I attended a packed session with Bill Manhire for secondary school teachers at the International Institute of Modern Letters. His workshop on creative writing (which he said was very similar to the talk he gave at the WRATE conference) was highly entertaining and stimulating. Bill encouraged teachers to recognise the importance of 'theft' and imitation in creativity: we all start by borrowing and copying. This should be the basis of teaching of creative writing rather than a romantic notion of striving for an original voice. He presented us with a number of exercises for use in the classroom. All of this was presented free of educational jargon or the wretched Powerpoint which plagues so much discussion of secondary education. It was clear, crisp, precise. The workshop ended with teachers swapping anecdotes and concerns and all in all it was a great way to spend a lovely spring morning.