ExpiredPoetry as Spell-Casting

  • Poetry as Spell-Casting Day 1
    August 14, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Poetry as Spell-Casting Day 2
    August 28, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A poem is a type of spell, using words to shapeshift and enchant. In this workshop we will explore, in writing, readings, and discussion, how poems cast spells through transformation, surprise, incantation, and evocation. On both days we will workshop poems in the afternoon.

What we noticed were pipistrelles:
cinder-like, friable; flickering
the place hained by trees
till the air seemed to quicken

Kathleen Jamie from ‘Pipistrelles’

Limit of 12 participants. Please fill out this form to apply for a scholarship

Some feedback from participants in Lyn Davidson’s Poetry as Spell-Casting

This was such a stimulating workshop. I loved the poems we were given in the readings, and the writing exercises were great, generating some wonderful writing. Lynn is a generous and encouraging tutor – I’d recommend taking her workshops any time.

I love the opportunity to think in fresh ways about content and form, and workshop ideas with intelligent, generous, and creative people. Lynn Davidson’s faciliation was clever and engaging, with great ideas for further reading.

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286 Te Moana Road, Waikanae, Wellington, New Zealand


We use two spaces at the Waikanae Baptist Church, both are warm and naturally lit. The first is the ground floor meeting room, with a separate open plan dining area, with access to a garden area. If this is unavailable, we use the upstairs meeting room which a modern, well lit self-contained space.


The venue has a ramp to enter the building and an accessible toilet.
The dining area is a reasonable distance from the meeting room but food can be brought to a participant who is unable to walk there.
The upstairs room is only accessibly by stairs. Wherever possible, we use the ground floor option.

Getting there

Please drive around the back of the venue and enter through the left hand door. The meeting room is the first room on the left.


Refreshments are provided as part of the session. If you have any dietary requirements please mention these when you register.