St Josephs Resource Centre

Co. Roscommon

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Ukrainian & Russian Contemporary Poetry Explored – Workshop with Gerry Boland

This two-hour workshop focuses on contemporary poetry from Ukrainian and Russian poets.
Poems – translated into English – by poets from both Ukraine and from Russia will be read,
analysed and discussed in an informal workshop setting. All participants will have a chance
to express their views on each poem’s poetic style, language and structure, as well as the
poet’s concerns and how he/she expresses these concerns. The poems have been selected by
Gerry and represent some of the best of contemporary Ukrainian and Russian poetry. There
will be some writing exercises included in the workshop, providing the participants with an
opportunity to make a start to some poems of their own.

Gerry Boland is a poet and author of both adult and children’s books. He has published nine
books, the latest being The Far Side of Happiness, a collection of short stories published by
Arlen House in 2018. His third poetry collection, The Many Sides of Love, is due for
publication later this year. Gerry has many years’ experience of leading workshops, both in
poetry and in prose. He lives in north Roscommon