From Carol Ann Duffy’s World’s Wife poems to Angela Carter’s dark gothic stories, there’s a long tradition of writers using myths, fairy tales and folklore as inspiration for their work. These ancient stories are filled with resonant metaphors and archetypes providing rich material for the imagination. During this course, we’ll be drawing inspiration from the Jack-in-the-Green and Jack Frost figures in the Shaun Gladwell exhibition and reading examples of contemporary retellings of everything from Little Red Riding Hood to Persephone and The Minotaur to The Snow Queen.
Each week we’ll be discussing why these old stories still have such power and appeal to writers and exploring themes such as transformations or beasts and monsters. Then we’ll do our own retelling in poetry and prose, casting new characters in the lead roles and changing settings to reflect on our contemporary lives.
During the first part of each session there will be time for you to share and get feedback about your own writing from Wendy and the rest of the group.