Colmcille Workshop 2: The Battle of the Book: Exploring Power & Conflict in the Story of Colmcille

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Workshop 2 – 12/09/21
3 X Hour workshop
The Battle of the Book: Exploring Power & Conflict in the Story of Colmcille

The Battle of the Book is said to have taken place in the 6th Century, when a dispute broke out between Colmcille and a scholar named Finnian. In a landmark ruling, King Diarmait mac Cerbaill gave his judgement on what is known as the first copyright case ever, “To every cow belongs her calf, therefore to every book belongs its copy.” Today, many of the questions concerned with this part of Colmcille’s story remain relevant. Who owns language? Who owns narrative? In this workshop we will look at how we can begin to consider themes of conflict, violence and resolution in our poems. What aspects of The Battle of the Book can we draw inspiration from? This workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in exploring the art and craft of writing poetry.