Poetry: Form and Experiment


Paul Hetherington, University of Canberra

Cassandra Atherton, Deakin University

This workshop is aimed not only at those studying or teaching Creative Writing but also those whose focus is on Literature or Language. The session will begin by presenting the work of contemporary poets whose writing—however innovative or experimental—is influenced by the study of traditional poetic form. It will then demonstrate how a creative approach to poetic form—writing poems!—is an invaluable means of understanding technical challenges and the evolving nature of form itself.

Paul Hetherington is Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra, Head of IPSI there, and a founding editor of Axon: Creative Explorations. He has published ten collections of poetry, most recently Burnt Umber (UWAP, 2016), and won the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Poetry). Paul recently completed an Australia Council for the Arts Residency in the BR Whiting Studio in Rome.

Cassandra Atherton is an award-winning writer, academic and critic. She is a Harvard Visiting Scholar in English in 2016. Her recent books of prose poetry include, Exhumed (Grand Parade Poets, 2015) and Trace, with illustrations by Phil Day (Finlay Lloyd, 2015). She is the recipient of a VicArts grant to collaborate on a prose poetry graphic novel and is the poetry editor of Westerly.

Thursday 6th July, 3.30