STITCH TRANSLATIONS – POETRY AND TEXTILES
Making space for poetry through textiles. In this workshop, we will use a meditative textile based exercise involving stitch or collage (no special abilities required), poems, and the sea to enter a space for new writing. At the end of the session everyone will have a small textile based objet d’art and the draft of a new poem.
ON POETRY AND STORYTELLING
A workshop that looks at the ancient relationship between poetry and storytelling. As well as hearing from poems by Dylan Thomas, Sharon Olds and Ted Hughes, we will also explore how a poetic sensibility infuses the world of Celtic stories. Expect oral storytelling, readings from Shaw's recent translations of Lorca and Celtic lyric poems (with Tony Hoagland) and a practical exercise.
WHAT AND HOW IS THE PROSE POEM?
This session explores the nature and making of a prose poem. We will examine both classic and innovative prose poems, afterward drafting several of our own. We will then look at what we’ve made – where the work is now, where it might be going, and why. Writers of any persuasion – poetry or prose – most welcome!
ECOPOETICS: CHANGING EVERYTHING CAREFULLY (1/2)
Taking place inside and outside, the first of two connected workshops will provide an international overview of past and contemporary eco-poetry, and a collaborative, experiential writing experience that explores experimental approaches to the eco-catastrophe, facing away from the self towards the non-human.
We strongly advise signing up to both parts (see Saturday)
FAST-PACED EXERCISES FROM THE POETRY BUSINESS
FRIDAY 4:00 - 6:00pm £18
UPSTAIRS AT DPs
A rare chance to work with Peter Sansom, a co-director of The Poetry Business and 'the most astute and effective writing tutor in the UK' (Simon Armitage). This demanding but hugely enjoyable session will draw on classic and contempoary poems to help create a number of new poems, some of which will be shared in a critically aware but supportive atmosphere.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM? SELFHOOD, PLACE, AND PROSE POETRY
How do the places we’ve lived inform our sense of ourselves? In this workshop we will look at prose poems that explore how different authors relate place to identity and draft our own prose poems investigating that connection.
Join Helen Ivory and Briony Bax as part of Ambit's 60th anniversary celebrations for a 'cut up' workshop using vintage editions of the magazine to create and make your own found poetry and/or chapbooks to take away. Materials will be provided, so bring a sense of adventure and a willingness to play with words and images.
ECOPOETICS – CHANGING EVERYTHING CAREFULLY (2/2)
Taking place inside and outside, these two connected workshops will provide an international overview of past and contemporary eco-poetry, and a collaborative, experiential writing experience that explores experimental approaches to the eco-catastrophe, facing away from the self towards the non-human. We strongly advise signing up to both (see Friday).
A FOREIGNER’S GUIDE TO UN/TELLING A STORY
Black American author Toni Morrison famously said she always knows the ending; that's where she starts. What makes a good story? Is it the same as what makes a good poem? What about a back-to-front story? Narrative v lyric? I will invite you to do some talking, thinking and reading, but mostly to do lots of writing of stories or anti-stories…
FINDING A TANKA
This workshop combines two separate techniques - how to 'sift' an existing text and how 'syllabics' - particularly constructing and alternating 5 and 7 syllable lines - creates a space where technique furthers meaning. If time allows it might also explore using the tanka-form as stanzaic unit- getting to the macro through the micro.
NO WALL: MIGRANT POETS OF THE USA
Reading workshop & discussion
Discover how, in a nation of predominantly migrant heritage where, ironically, migrant status is continually contested, migrant writing is often the new lifeblood of American poetry.
Cahal Dallat – after US travel/research including a Spring 2019 university poetry residency – explores the work of Richard Blanco (b. Madrid, in a Cuban exile family), Naomi Shihab Nye (b. Missouri with a Palestinian refugee father), Ocean Vuong (b. Ho Chi Minh City), Chen Chen (b. Xiamen, China) & Ada Limón (b. California, Latino heritage).
POETRY AND POLITICS
What constitutes political poetry? In this workshop we will read several poems that tackle political subjects, to identify the language of poetry that can take on difficult subjects, without losing its power to move and delight. We will also generate new work with the help of several writing prompts. Everyone is welcome.
MEMORY CLOUD – NEW WAYS OF WRITING MEMOIR
Anne-Marie Fyfe’s new Memory Cloud workshop offers routes into accessing the randomly-stored ‘snapshots’ in our memory ‘archive’, & original ways of re-playing those re-discovered fragments into the edgy writing-space where poetry embraces creative non-fiction, prose-poem, micro-memoir, lyric essay & more.