A workshop at the Donnelly River Village to think, talk and write about “nature, connection and disconnection” hosted by West Australian poet Cath Drake will take place on March 30. The Red House along the Donnelly River will welcome Ms Drake as the next poet-in-residence from May 27 to May 30. Ms Drake’s writings focus on nature, specialising as an environment writer, which she will share will others during the workshop, which will explore poetry and experience the juxtaposition of nature and the timber industry in the South West karri forest. Ms Drake was initially going to launch her book The Shaking City in 2020, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns happening worldwide, the book launch was unable to happen and Ms Drake was unable to return to WA from the United Kingdom. “The COVID lockdown was sudden and very scary in London,” she said. “A book launch sounded trivial at this time, but it’s my first full collection, so it was very disappointing to see it almost disappear.” The book, which had a strong focus on growing up in WA, will be at the workshop, which will also act as the book’s launch event. “I would consider this the launch of my book, as it is special going back to my home State to discuss my novel,” she said. She was able to connect with poets in both the UK and Australia through her program The Verandah, an online program of poetry workshops, masterclasses and events for writers during the pandemic. “I didn’t expect it to work nearly as well as it did,” she said.