The Poem as Literary Photograph
Leah Taylor discusses her theory that a poem can capture a moment in time, acting as a literary photograph. She shows how the poetic medium allows us to convey the scene just as a photo would, but with added depth, context and emotion – that is, more insight into what's going on.
Growing the Poem
Matthew Rice outlines his theory that there is an intangible, organic and mysterious element to writing verse – that the poet must surrender themselves to the moment in order to become forgetful of the ‘self’, as Heaney had it, during the act of composition. The success of a poem created this way, it is argued, may be judged by the terms it alone has set up.
Darren Murphy unpacks the idea of praxis in playwriting — how story is converted into present tense action. He explores his theory that every good play has a game at its centre, and how this becomes the engine which drives the drama forward, giving it a propulsive quality. This present-tenseness, it is argued, is what distinguishes a play from other forms of narrative storytelling, achieving what Galway playwright Tom Murphy called being ‘alive in time at the same time.’