Professor Dr Robyn Rowland (retired academic) is a dual Irish-Australian writer/poet, residing in both countries. She has been teaching and writing in Turkey since 2009 and has given many workshops in Turkey as well as bi-lingual readings with her translator Professor Dr Mehmet Ali Çelikel. She has been publishing for over 45 years and has 10 books of poetry, as well as 3 academic titles. Previous to early retirement in 1996 due to breast cancer and burnout, Professor Rowland was inaugural Head of the School of Social Inquiry with 10 areas of study, 5 campuses and Head of the Australian Women’s Research Centre at Deakin University. She was made an Officer in the Order of Australia by the Australian Government in 1996 for national and international contributions to tertiary education and women’s health. Since leaving academia, Dr Rowland reads and teaches in many countries.
This structured workshop is appropriate for established and early writers; poets and prose writers.
The great Persian Sufi poet Rumi wrote:
“Journeys bring power and love back into you. If you can’t go somewhere, move in the passageways of the self. They are like shafts of light, always changing, and you change when you explore them.”
From the first ancient travel writers in the 8th BC, through the finest of poets and travel writers of today, movement into the world allows us to see others in their original sense and to feel ourselves for who we really are. Journeys are undertaken through curiosity or necessity; with urgency or with the delight of ‘no hurry’. Many of us are in constant motion, roving through place and time. To have travelled, opens life, brings excitement and understanding. In movement, whether by foot, camel, sea, train or plane, we are shaped by the world and we in return shape it. Journeys take on different natures: external into the excitement of culture, landscape and language; or internal into the nature of spirit and self.
In this workshop we will explore many forms of journeying and what happens when we engage with it.
Each participant is given notes to keep which relate to the topic of the workshop, as well as copies of Robyn’s and other works which exemplify the theme. Each part of the workshop involves a talk, a guided meditative moment encouraging participants to attend to the nature of their piece of writing, followed by writing towards the topic. Robyn will then give feedback for each participant in terms of the aim of the workshop.