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FREE | The Submerged Body: Nature Writing Workshop with Jane Hartshorn

September 23, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT


An illness-focused nature writing workshop led by poet Jane Hartshorn, part of the Moving Mountains workshop series

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Moving Mountains brings together nature writing with people living with chronic illness and physical disability. Moving Mountains is not about overcoming or conquering, but living with and connecting. In September the project joins Chronic Illness Inclusion, supported by The Wren Project, for this workshop led by poet and writer Jane Hartshorn.

The Submerged Body: Writing Water & Illness

‘I felt my body reaching for water as an element of transformation, invested with the power to remake me in a form that I could choose myself.’

– Samantha Walton, Everybody Needs Beauty: In Search of the Nature Cure

There is a transformative quality to a body of water. Water runs and flows. Its shape is never set, is always in flux. Even within the basin of a loch or pond, the confines of sea or river bed, or the slippery sides of a swimming pool, water moves and eddies has the potential to spill beyond the shape that carries it.

In this creative writing workshop, we will draw from examples of watery writing in literature to explore the submerged body. We will examine how these descriptions may resonate with what it feels like to inhabit a sick body, and how we might use the transformative power of water to write about the experience of illness.

Jane Hartshorn is a poet and PhD candidate at the University of Kent, writing about the lived experience of chronic illness. Her pamphlets include Tract (Litmus Publishing, 2017) and In the Sick Hour (Takeaway Press, 2020). She has had poems published by Boudicca Press, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Lucy Writers and SPAM and is an editor at Ache Press


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Chronic Illness Inclusion and Moving Mountains

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