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Workshops and Poetry Walks

Workshops

I have experience of creating bespoke workshops tailored to specific groups and/or themes either as one-off events or a series of workshops. I enjoy incorporating additional materials as writing prompts or alternative mediums whether that be writing inspired by objects or producing spoken word in response to participant drawings. Whatever your group or theme I am happy to develop an appropriate and engaging workshop.

I am listed on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Author Database and would be delighted to work with you to bring Live Literature to your organisation https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/authors/katharine-macfarlane

Previous workshops include;

The Nightfishers Project 2018

This year long project was a response to the poetry of W.S.Graham for the centenary celebrations of his birth. Working collaboratively with visual artists Alec Galloway, Martyn Mackenzie and Kate MacAllan and animator Max Scratchman I worked with primary age children to produce a book of their poems inspired by Graham’s work and an animated film poem of his poem Loch Thom Loch Thom W.S. Graham animated film – YouTube. I also worked with a group of adults to generate landscape-based poems drawn from scenes that featured in Graham’s writing. The project culminated in an exhibition at The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Poetry Walks

As a poet who derives inspiration from the natural world and often writes outside I enjoy leading Poetry Walks whether as a showcase of themed poetry by myself or other writers designed to enhance engagement with the environment or as an exercise in creating new material reflecting participant’s experience of the environment.

Previous Poetry Walks include;

Galoshans 2020 Greenock Past and Present Poetry Walk with RIG Arts Greenock

A planned walk through Greenock with pauses at key locations to share my own Greenock inspired poetry and pieces from some of Greenock’s finest writers such as W.S. Graham. Attendees reflected on different sensory elements at each stop and contributed to a community poem, Green Oak.

School events

As Children and Young People’s Librarian for Inverclyde Libraries I gained extensive experience of working in partnership with schools.

For younger children I created and delivered a workshop programme for schools entitled Libraries Inspire! This series of 8 workshops was tailored for each level of Early Years and Primary School andcovered topics such as flash fiction, poetry, biography, journal writing, heritage and book reviews. During 2020/21 these were delivered digitally as short video workshops with supplementary worksheets/ class-based activities.

I also have experience of working with secondary age pupils including hosting Spoken Word showcases and sessions promoting creative writing and reading for positive mental health.

Hosting and Event Organisation

I have experience of organising and hosting events from small creative writing workshops to a 3-day book festival. I have experience of working with children and adults and have a full PVG disclosure.