Archiving Your Self Yourself: Quantified Self Studio

Archiving Your Self Yourself: Quantified Self Studio

Archive, document and catalogue carefully selected moments of your life past, present and future

At a time in which we are archived by others, often through digital means, it seems more and more important to attempt to define ourselves – on our own terms – as individuals and as members of a diverse range of groups. Written attentively, poetry that archives the self is subversive and can present radically different narratives to those purported by digital and mass media. By using methods such as diaries and collation of information one can conduct a close examination of the self as it stands, now and then, to see how it fits into the bigger picture. Alternatively, but just as interestingly, one can invent new identities, establish new routines and exist in new environments to generate original stimulus and structure for archival poetry. During this three-week Studio course you’ll write a number of poems which will archive, document and catalogue carefully selected moments of your life past, present and future. Some of time you’ll write about what you normally do on a regular basis. At other times you’ll look at yourself in relationship to local, national and global issues. And yet at other times you’ll be encouraged to try out new ways of seeing and behaving, in order to dictate how your ‘self’ can be a vehicle used to record infinite possibilities of being.

Studios are three week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students. 

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About James Davies View Profile

James Davies is the author of several works of poetry including Plants, A Dog, Snow and Acronyms. His most recent title stack, published by Carcanet, is a volume-length poem which documents a range of minimal interventions – doings familiar and unfamiliar, many of which have their basis in walking practice.  A novel, When Two Are in Love or As I Came to Behind Frank’s Transporter, co-written with Philip Terry, is forthcoming in 2018 from Crater. He edits the poetry press if p then q and co-organises The Other Room reading series in Manchester.

‘The Poetry School has helped me create work which has gone on to be published. It has helped me to improve and to gain confidence as both a writer and reader of poetry. And it has made me feel part of a wider community of poets and poetry lovers.’

Autumn 2017 Survey response

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