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Trail poetry

3:00pm-4:30pm on Sunday 28 March

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This workshop puts the practice of walking centre stage. Considered as the safest forms of recreation during COVID-related restrictions, outdoor activities like walking and hiking have experienced a significant rise in popularity in recent months. Their profoundly positive impact not only on physical wellbeing but also mental health cannot be underestimated and it is well before the current pandemic that walking and foot journeys have been enjoying a considerable boost as the enormous array of newly created hiking trails and walking apps in the last few years illustrate.

The workshop will kick off with a live discussion of different modes of walking and their potential to engage with one’s natural environment. Afterwards participants will be made familiar with various types of short form poetry in a hands-on poetry workshop with Daniela Dora. This is followed by a live video installation of one of Daniela’s own foot walks, but participants can also use the time to make their own explorations — in back gardens or nearby parks — and record their observations. Afterwards participants can have a go at their own nature poetry. Special attention will be paid to perceived sounds and ways of their poetic representation. By doing so participants are invited to examine the connections between the natural environment and their wellbeing and explore how sensory experiences (i.e. sounds) can enhance their creativity. Contributions will be live-curated and subsequently collaged in form of an online mood board.

This event is research-led.

Daniela Dora is currently DAAD lecturer in German Studies at Gonville & Caius College / Trinity College (joint appointment) at the University of Cambridge. Prior to coming to Cambridge, Daniela Dora taught at Ghent University, Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles and King’s College London. Her research deals with intercultural aspects of literature and the interconnections between literary discourse and concepts of tourism in contemporary German-speaking literature.

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: Adults
Timing: Live Stream
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 25
Theme: Environment, Explore
Image copyright: Dr Manoj Kumar Dora

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