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.
EXPLORING THE SPECTRUM – THE COLOUR OF POETRY
Colour can shape our mood, evoke a memory, provide warning, or dazzle and delight. But how do we describe colour? How can it be explained and understood? Using a variety of texts to inspire, this is an opportunity to explore the language of colour and produce new, exciting work.
Colour is all around us, but how do we describe it? Immerse yourself in the language of colour to create new poems of all shades. “Few are taught about colour, but many seem to possess an innate sense of it” writes paint expert and historian Patrick Baty, in his book The Anatomy of Colour (2017).
I’ll chat about my current thinking and practice, with playful activities along the way to unpack what this means to me – and could mean to queer, straight, human, or non-human poets.
"We will save the mountains, waters and skies by any means necessary, especially through love, joy and our powers of seduction," says The Ecosex Manifesto. Ecosexuality and queer ecopoetics could offer a route beyond binary, inherited ideas of our relationship to Earth.
CREATE A HAND–STITCHED NOTEBOOK WITH A LETTERPRESS COVER
FRIDAY 11:00 - 4:00pm (break 12:30 - 1:30)
BAPTIST CHURCH Ground floor CANCELLED
Materials will be provided, all you need to bring is a favourite quote or a line of poetry, no longer than 20 words, to print on the cover of your notebook. Maximum 8 people.
In this workshop arranged by The Lettering Arts Trust, Pat Walker of the Aspen Press will help you set and print a line of text using the traditional letterpress process. Pat will bring two portable presses. She uses high quality paper and card milled in England, and each word is set letter by letter in metal type.
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.
ON LEWIS CARROLL – READING WORKSHOP
Penguin Classics has a useful edition of the two books together; it would be helpful to bring your favourite edition with you if you can. My Alice in Space will be available at the Aldeburgh Bookshop though there is no need to read that before the meeting. Together we will think about the insights, playful and dark, that the books give into childhood (and adult) experience.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) still surprise, delight, and alarm readers. We will explore some of the more hidden jokes and allusions available to Victorian readers but invisible to us.
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)
NATURE AND ELEGY
FRIDAY 4:00 - 6:00pm £18
Through ambient noise, lyric poetry, and paying the closest attention to natural objects, we will be writing poems that rise to a vital occasion – singing in the face of loss, and writing our way back to the light.
In this workshop, we will work through forms of loss – not only personal, but global. We will explore elegy, and nature’s place in the tradition of writing and memorialising. But we’ll also ask how we might begin to elegise the natural world, or write poetry in a way that bears witness to environmental collapse.
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.
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.
THE SEA. THE SEA, THE SEAAAAAA
Possible themes where participants could choose from:
How can you translate your poem to the sea and how can you translate the sea to your poem?
Which metaphors/images and descriptions work/fit and which not? And why?
Could you write on the rhythm of the sea’s swell?
Or on the rhythm of your footsteps if you walk along the shore?
Or on the flow of the sea wind?
How can you depict the current of the sea in a visual way (typography, lay-out, tempo, rhyme)?
How do emotions come across in poems about the sea?
With Dutch poetry written by Anneke Brassinga, Roland Holst, Hendrik Marsman, Willem Kloos, Paul van Ostaijen, Hagar Peeters, Arthur van Schendel, J. Slauerhoff, M. Vasalis, B. Zwaal, Miek Zwamborn and others.
Dutch poetry on the shore, a walking and writing experience with 2 well known Dutch Poets.
Why does the sea so appeal to the imagination? Hagar Peeters and Miek Zwamborn will perform and analyse poetry about the sea written from two opposite North Sea coastlines. Which seas appear? Do both languages offer specific words to represent the sea? Is there a different focus, or relationship? The sea breezes words during this bi-lingual anthology.
First part of the workshop we will walk along the surf, reading and listening to Dutch poems.
Second part in the tower, we invite participants to write a few lines about the sea they perceive or imagine.
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).
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.
PAINT ME A POEM
Art has inspired a number of her poems, including the acclaimed 'PICASSO I WANT MY FACE BACK' which grew out of her residency at the Tate Gallery London. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own painting-inspired poem.
Paintings and visual images can be an exciting springboard into a poem. Explore this process with award-winning poet, Grace Nichols, as she shares her own love of art and the image-making power of poetry. >>