Journey with Andrew McMillan through the lens of the divine to explore the carnal, the weak, the shameful, the loving and the harmful parts of ourselves.
As an atheist, I’ve always felt that my encounter with the Sublime or Divine has come through encounters with the body, both my own and other people’s. I’m very interested in a poetry which can borrow the stories and language of religion and use this as a way of discussing the carnal, the weak, the shameful, the loving and the harmful parts of ourselves. During the workshop we’ll explore these ideas in our own writing and in the work of established poets; Philip Larkin famously said if he were called upon to construct a religion he would make use of water – I would make use of the body; what would you use?
Saturday 16 June. 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 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the Lower Road exit onto Surrey Quays Road, cross over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices are on the left.
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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Andrew McMillan’s debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award (2016), an Eric Gregory Award (2016) and a Northern Writers’ award (2014). It was shortlisted for numerous others including the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2016 and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Most recently physical has been translated into Norwegian (Aschehoug, 2017) and a bi-lingual French edition, Les Corps Des Hommes (Grasset, 2018). His second collection, playtime, will be published by Jonathan Cape later this year. He is senior lecturer at the Manchester Writing School at MMU.
‘The Poetry School is an amazing resource for the practicing poet, bringing experience and creativity from dedicated tutors, who can help students to find ways in to writing and to writing better as well as bringing their attention to contemporary poets they may not have discovered for themselves.’