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Orasaigh: Kids & Family Creative Writing

Join poet Steve Ely, author of Orasaigh, for a fun and creative session in Taigh Chearsabhagh, based on the landscape of the beautiful tidal island that inspired his poem.  Kids (parents are also welcome!) will explore landscape inspired poetry and create their own responses.  Steve will also share insights about the writing of his poem – how the landscape inspired him, and how he went about writing it.  Steve will also provide ideas and prompts that will allow participants to respond creatively to other landscapes and places that are important to them. 

Additional information:

  • The workshop is open to families and kids of all ages. 
  • Bring a notebook and pen.  The workshop may include working outside if the weather is reasonable, so please bring suitable clothing.

This workshop is held in conjunction with the Orasaigh exhibition at Taigh Chearsabhagh.  The following free workshops are also available to book now:

Saturday 4th November

Writing the Apocalyptic Landscape, with Steve Ely, Taigh Chearsabhagh, 2-4pm

Sunday 5th November

Orasaigh Soundwalk Soft Launch. Boisdale, South Uist, 1.00pm-3.30pm

Sunday 19th November

An Introduction to Digital Landscape Photography, with Michael Faint.  Garrynamonie, South Uist, 2-4pm

The workshops are free, but spaces are limited so booking is highly recommended.

Steve Ely is an award-winning poet and writer based in Yorkshire, England.  He has published several books of poetry, including The European Eel (2021), Lectio Violant (2021) and Englaland (2015), a novel, Ratmen (2012) and a biographical account of the poetic formation of the English poet Ted Hughes—Ted Hughes’s South Yorkshire (2015).  He teaches creative writing at the University of Huddersfield, where is also Director of the Ted Hughes Network.  He was a secondary school teacher for twenty years and is an experienced teacher in community settings. Steve is a frequent visitor to South Uist, and his book-length poem, Orasaigh, a collaboration with Uist-based photographer Michael Faint, will be published by Broken Sleep books in August 2024.