Arts in the Garden: Ekphrastic poetry
This is a COVID safe event. Masks must be worn indoors and check in is required. Participants must show proof of double vaccination upon attendance.
Generously funded by a Nillumbik Community Fund, Arts and Cultural Development grant
Supported by Local Food Connect
About the workshop
Bring your notebook, pen and imagination to combine your love of the garden with words and poetry. Ekphrasis is the art of writing to an object or scene. Not simply describing your chosen subject, but digging deep to discover what draws you to it, and how it makes you think or feel.
In this workshop, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the Edible Hub’s sensory garden, and capture its many sights, smells, sounds, tastes, or textures in written form. Melbourne poet Fee Sievers will then guide you on how to ‘paint’ your subject in words, not pictures, and share techniques for displaying your poem in creative and artistic ways.
About the artist
Fee Sievers is a much-published author of poetry and children’s fiction. Her poems, reviews, and articles have been published in print and online, and broadcast on radio and television. Fee was editor of the Melbourne Poets Union newsletter poam, and for many years co-organised the annual Montsalvat Poetry and Song Festival.
One of Fee’s favourite writing genres is ekphrasis: a Greek word meaning to write or speak to an artwork or an inanimate object. She has been a judge of the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award, and collaborated with many artists to write ekphrastic poetry to sculpture, paintings, drawings and nature.