Childhood into Poetry: Masterclass with Homero Aridjis

Childhood into Poetry: Masterclass with Homero Aridjis

Join Mexican poet, environmental activist, and Ginkgo Prize judge Homero Aridjis for a special masterclass on taking inspiration from childhood.

In this one-off workshop you will explore different approaches to incorporating childhood experience into your creative work; you will discuss work from poets such as William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Seamus Heaney, Rita Dove, Carol Ann Duffy and Federico Garcia Lorca, alongside Homero’s writing – plus clips from films such as Fanny and Alexander, Les jeux interdits, The Night of the Hunter, Ivan’s Childhood, Cria Cuervos, Cinema Paradiso and Children of the Street– to inspire new poems that explore the innocence and trauma  of childhood. Workshop participants will gain insight into Homero’s creative practices, as well as get a privileged glimpse into his childhood experiences in Mexico, to see how these have shaped his writing today. Over the course of the day you will explore how delving back into childhood can give a fresh perspective on the contemporary world, enliven your writing, and open up new possibilities to what your work can achieve.

Students will also be provided with a complimentary copy of Homero’s autobiographical work, The Child Poet, prior to the class.

Saturday 9 November, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

All classes will be in our 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.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).
Please contact [email protected] for further information.
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About Homero Aridjis View Profile

Homero Aridjis was born in Contepec, Michoacán to a Greek father and a Mexican mother. After nearly losing his life at age ten in a shotgun accident, Aridjis became an avid reader and began to write poetry. Many of his 50 books of poetry and prose have been translated into fifteen languages.

Among literary and environmental prizes he has received are the Xavier Villaurrutia and Diana-Novedades (Mexico), the Roger Caillois (France), the Grinzane-Cavour, Premio Internazionale di Poesia Camaiore and Premio Internazionale di Poesía Elena Violani Landi (Italy), Golden Key of Smederevo (Serbia), the Orion Society’s John Hay Award and two Guggenheim Fellowships. Aridjis has been a visiting professor at Indiana University, New York University, Columbia University and the University of California, Irvine.

Formerly Mexico’s ambassador to The Netherlands, Switzerland and UNESCO, he was president of PEN International between 1997-2003. Aridjis is the founder and president of the Group of 100 (writers, artists and scientists devoted to protection of the environment). His most recent books in English translation are The Child Poet, News of the Earth, Maria the Monarch and A Time of Angels.

‘The Write Ahead workshop demystified what might happen on a poetry course. I would now consider investing in a poetry course. Thanks!’

– Spring 2019 survey response

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