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More-Than-Human Romance, a poetry workshop with Caleb Parkin

10 February @ 19:00 - 21:00

In their Ecosexual Manifesto, Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle declare that, “The Earth is our lover. We are madly, passionately, and fiercely in love, and we are grateful for this relationship each and every day”.

We’ll enter into this workshop with this in mind: how can we celebrate our lover, the Earth, in how and what we write? How can we engage in a writing practice which celebrates our sensuous connections to the more-than-human?

Taking a queer and playful stance, we’ll explore ways to articulate our closeness to the furry, scaly, chlorophyll-filled, microscopic and even slimy fellow earthlings. We’ll celebrate the kaleidoscopic ways non-human animals express their desires.

Be inspired by poems by C A Conrad, Mary Oliver, Seán Hewitt and others, as well as museum artefacts, tree-hugging and a bit of (Isabella Rosselini’s) Green Porno.


Throughout this course you will…

  • Explore our connections to more-than-human life.
  • Develop closeness in our relationship to the Earth through our writing.
  • Experiment with techniques and approaches to articulate these relationships.
  • Play with queer ecopoetic approaches, including camp, irony and humour.



About Caleb Parkin…

Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet 2020 – 22, has poems in The Rialto, The Poetry Review, Under the Radar, Poetry Wales, Magma, Butcher’s Dog, The Guardian and elsewhere. He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School, Cheltenham Festivals, First Story and holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) with a research dissertation focused on museum and gallery settings. Debut pamphlet, Wasted Rainbow (tall-lighthouse, Feb 2021), debut collection This Fruiting Body is out now with Nine Arches Press.


Book your place…

Concession tickets (students, teens, over 65 and those on a low income) cost £10.00, NWS Member tickets cost £16 and General Admission cost £20. Book your place, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.


10 February
19:00 - 21:00
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