Voices of the Earth is going online – Monday 3rd August

Voices of the Earth has been an annual art and poetry course, encouraging serious creative play and cross-fertilisation of art forms underpinned by an awareness of the complexity of life on Earth.

Like other centres and facilities, the Woodbrooke Quaker study centre in Birmingham can't be open for onsite events. But we are keeping the culture of the course, and of the place, alive by taking Voices of the Earth online.

Instead of a week-long residential, this will be a richly interactive course spread flexibly over six weeks. The course Moodle site is the equivalent of Woodbrooke's lovely art room, equipped with abundant resources and offering a programme of ideas and activities for exploring our theme in much the way we did at Woodbrooke - but differently! We’ll connect regularly through various forums and “creative exchange rooms”, and meet up live by Zoom as a whole group and for small group ’seminars’ or one to one tutorials. Yes, it won't be the same, but we’ve got over our sadness about that and we are building this to be a whole adventure of its own.

Do come and join us (at a modest fee of £72 for the six weeks). The outline brochure information is on the Woodbrooke site, plus booking details: Woodbrooke: Voices of the Earth. It's good to remind ourselves that, in times of continuing caution and uncertainty, creative life goes on.

Tutors: Philip Gross is a poet, prose writer, and until recently, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. Zélie Gross is a Quaker writer and editor, with a background in making and teaching of visual arts. For both, collaboration is a source of fresh work and delight.

Published: 6 July, 2020