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Orasaigh: Writing the Apocalyptic Landscape

Creative Writing Workshop

Join poet Steve Ely, author of Orasaigh, in a creative writing workshop at Taigh Chearsabhagh, exploring the powerfully evocative landscape of the tidal island that inspired his poem.  Steve will share insights about the writing of the poem and the poem’s nature as a doubly apocalyptic landscape poem: one which transforms landscape in the dual contexts of the writer’s highly subjective vision and the global emergency of the Anthropocene.  Along the way, Steve will provide writing prompts and activities that will allow participants to respond to the landscape in their own way – in poetry or prose – or, in imagination, turn their creative attention to other landscapes that may be important to them.

Additional information:

  • The workshop is open to writers of all experiences – from complete beginners to Nobel Prize winners.  No experience required, just a willingness to get involved.
  • Bring a notebook and pen.  The workshop may include an exploration of Lochmaddy’s landscape and 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 workshops are also available to book now:

Saturday 4th November

Kids & Family Creative Writing Activity, with Steve Ely, Taigh Chearsabhagh, 10-12am

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, a public-facing research centre focused on the work of the poet..  He 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.