Poetry Pathways is a community writing project where presentations of original poems will feature at key points on a gentle walking activity around the Botanical Gardens during the Begonia Festival weekend.
On Saturdays 31 January and 7 February, writing workshops will be led by Annette Chappell (Fed Uni) to produce original poetry focusing on participant’s aesthetic responses to an element of the Gardens – the sensory garden, the sequoiadendron area, the statues, the Prime Ministers busts, the Conservatory, pavilion, fernery and maybe even the swans!
We will follow the process of ekphrastic writing which dates back to ancient Greece, seeking to define and illuminate the spirit and aesthetics of the various garden elements.
Visitors to the Begonia festival will be invited to follow the Poetry Pathway Ballarat where writers will give short performances of their new material written in response to that element of the Gardens. (11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily during the Festival).
A soft cover book of the poems with accompanying photos will be available for sale during the Festival at The Conservatory Gift Shop, the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre and the Ballarat Art Gallery.