National Trust (writing workshop)
  • Since becoming involved with a local writers’ group I’ve noticed my poetic sense re-awaken and the tendency to see things in poetic vision increase.

    I had forgotten that sensation of concentration that seeks through word and rhythm to take you to another place. Its seems to enhance everyday experience to the point where you’re able to bottle moments or be absorbed by the smallest thing – the breeze on leaves outside your window, or the swaying of November trees along the highway.

    Also being a member of a writers’ group is great when it causes you to focus on things you wouldn’t normally in your writing. In a recent session we were presented with some National Trust postcards which had a small space for recording Your Story. Here’s mine:

    Boys scrambling along Vicarwood’s brook-banks to Kedleston Hall
    All skirting the golf course hedges, hearing balls land in the lake,
    Not-long awakened eyes fixed to the edges of Indian cabinets
    And the hoards of a Viceroy’s treasures, his golden caskets of Karma
    Measured and catalogued, dusty and armoured, shining
    Hidden deep inside Robert Adam’s palladian pride.

    This was written from childhood memories of visiting the Hall and spending many weekends and evenings in the surrounding countryside.

    November 8th, 2007 | admin | No Comments | Tags: , , ,

About The Author

Sean Woodward is a British artist, writer and musician. His art is collected internationally and his essays, fiction and poetry have been published in a number of international publications. He is the author of A Grammar of Spirits, Keys to the Hoodoo Kingdom, ARCHONIX, NECRONIX, Erzulie of the Deep, The Grimoire of ZAL and co-author of The Infernal Faces of Hekate. AEONIX and Keys to the Voudon Kingdom are forthcoming from

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