Apocalypse & Myth

Apocalypse & Myth

With a new apocalypse seemingly around every corner, how can we make sense of the present moment in our writing?

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform ZOOM *

As the crises of the present ramp up, we are left wondering how to make sense of an uncanny landscape of fiery seas, plagues, and billionaires in rocket ships. How do we use ancient myths, prophetic eschatologies, and modern absurdism to make sense of the present moment? What do our stories of the end times tell us about how we think about the present day? How can we imagine other futures?  

This course looks at world folklore, religious texts, Nuclear Age literature, science fiction movies, twentieth-century Futurism – including the poems of Tishani Doshi, Kei Miller, RA Villanueva, and more. From the host and creative director of Bedtime Stories for the End of the World. 

Two Zoom sessions on 5 and 12 March 2022, from 10.30am–1pm GMT

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Image credit: Photo by Jared Murray

About Eleanor Penny View Profile

Eleanor Penny is a writer and poet. She teaches poetry and creative writing workshops with organisations including the Poetry School, the Barbican Centre, and The Midnight Run. She is a former Barbican Young Poet, an alumnus of the London Writers Awards 2021, and host of the poetry podcast Bedtime Stories for the End of the World. She won the Poetry London Competition 2020, the Verve Poetry Festival prize 2020, and has been Highly Commended in the 2022 Forward Prizes. Her debut collection, Mercy, is out now from flipped eye. 

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