Talking with the Dead – an intriguing title for a workshop. This was one of Sue’s workshops so I knew this would be a fascinating and productive day as we considered the emotional, physical and mysterious effects of death.
Her meticulous pre-planning of her workshops took us from a writing exercise, exploring with us our own attitudes to death, on through the reading and short discussion of a dozen poems (authors’ names not given and so more surprising when revealed). Interlaced with such amazing words were our own efforts at talking with our personal dead.
I came away from the workshop with the bones of five poems, all of which I have worked on since. Perhaps more importantly I learnt to look at death and to talk to the dead without fear.
(workshop participant, October 2019)