Writing to a rhythm: the sound of song in our lives

Sally Bayley will lead an interactive workshop on the influence of song in prose-writing. Starting with her own work, Sally will show how song, rhythm, and lyrical cadence and refrain have patterned her own writing style. 

Beginning with the influence of poetry, nursery rhyme, ballads and songs, Sally will share the sounds that have made their way into her recent work, Girl With Dove and the forthcoming No Boys Play Here, inspired by songs and characters in Shakespeare and the tradition of ballad, folksong and rhyme. 

Using samples of lyrical music and song Sally will work with participants to build a set of written sound-patterns and refrains which they might carry back into their own writing lives. 

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing c.1786 by William Blake 1757-1827
William Blake, “Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing”, c. 1786