Jack Featherstone, Bundanon, The Launch of the Dorothy Porter Studio (detail). Acrylic on canvas.


Saturday 13th March, from 1pm – 4pm


$25 per person, BYO writing materials


This practical workshop takes its inspiration from the exhibition Jack, John and Kempsey, which has storytelling at its heart. Participants are encouraged to view the exhibition, read Nigel Featherstone’s text about his father, and/or view Anna Georgia’s video prior to the workshop as a way to think about Jack’s style and pre-occupations and/or their own life story to generate narrative poems.

Kerrie will introduce participants to diverse examples of the narrative poem and help them identify its main features. Participants will undertake a series of writing exercises using prompts to generate text, which will be developed into poetic forms.

Techniques to revise and refine drafts will complement informal feedback.

At the end of the workshop, Participants will have a narrative poem or solid drafts for further revision. Kerrie will also touch on options for publication.

About the Facilitator – K A Nelson:

K A Nelson (Kerrie) is a Canberra poet who won a significant poetry prize in 2010. Since then her work has been published widely and has appeared in several anthologies.

In 2015 and 2017 Kerrie participated in the Warraweena Artists’ Camps in the Flinders Ranges, which led to her facilitating art/poetry workshops at The Residency in Alice Springs and the Burra Regional Art Gallery in South Australia in collaboration with Cait Wait. In 2018 Recent Work Press published her first collection, Inlandia. Kerrie was guest editor for Issue 4: Performing Gender for Not Very Quiet, Canberra’s online women’s poetry journal in 2019.



Tuggeranong Arts Centre
137 Reed Street, Greenway ACT