Bridging Two Different Lands: Identity and Place

Bridging Two Different Lands: Identity and Place

Explore the effects of travel and place on your poetic identity with PRIMERS winner Romalyn Ante.

Humans are naturally peripatetic. We settle in and leave a place for growth or survival. But every place always leaves a mark on our identity. On this one-day workshop, we will look at practical psychological tools that help us understand our relationship with ourselves, others, and certain places. We will learn how poetry responds to the intricacies of bridging two separate places and look at work of poets who have travelled as far as halfway across the world (such as Gabriel Okara, Li-Young Lee, Helen Mort, Nick Lantz, and Marjorie Evasco). We will develop understanding of how poetry adapts to a new place and how it bridges the diaspora and belonging, loss and recovery, and lament and rejoicing. We will also experiment on the use of familiar and foreign vocabularies as well as find practical ways of developing our own language of identity and place.

Saturday 20 October. One-day workshop, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

This workshop will be in our new offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

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About Romalyn Ante View Profile

Romalyn Ante grew up in the Philippines and moved to the UK at the age of 16. She currently works as a nurse and a psychotherapist. She joint-won the Manchester Poetry Prize 2017, won the Creative Future Literary Award for Poetry, and was commended in Battered Moons Poetry Competition. Her debut pamphlet, Rice & Rain (V. Press), won the Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet 2018. Her poems are most recently published in Primers Volume 3 (Nine Arches Press/The Poetry School), and in ‘Midnight Listening’ (Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme, 2018). She is a fellow for the 57th Silliman University National Writers Workshop (the longest-running writing workshop in Asia), and will travel back to the Philippines in 2018 to hone her craft.

‘It made me realise that there is a poetry community, which is diverse, creative, curious and interesting, and that I belong to it.’

– Spring 2018 survey response

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