Nightingale Festival – ‘A nightingale sang in….’ creative writing workshop with Dr Bethan Roberts
06 May 2019
11 am to 1 pm
As it is 200 years since Keats’s famous ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ it’s the perfect time not only to celebrate the poetic life of the nightingale, but to join the great tradition of nightingale poets! As part of our Nightingale Festival and supported by Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, we’ll be joined by Dr Bethan Roberts and will discover more about the literary life of the nightingale. Dr Bethan Roberts is the William Noble Research Fellow in the English department, University of Liverpool. Her research is on the relationship between the nightingale of poetry, science and the environment in the Romantic period. Her first book, on the Sussex poet Charlotte Smith, is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press and she is currently writing Nightingale – a cultural history of the bird – for the Reaktion Press ‘Animal’ series. She has spoken on Radio 4 about her research on nightingales and will appear in the forthcoming conservation documentary Last Song of the Nightingale. This gentle and informal workshop invites you to join the great tradition of nightingale writing, as we try to capture something of its elusive, mercurial, magical song in prose or rhyme. We will look at existing examples of work in poetry and prose, and hear the bird for ourselves, putting pen to paper with discussion and support. No previous experience required.