Experimenting in the Margins

Experimenting in the Margins

Consider how working class experiences can disrupt poetic norms and create vital new work.

Join us for a session of close reading, exploring experimental working class writers. This morning workshop will focus on how aspects of working class experience as poetic theme can disrupt the formal modes of a text and also touch on how you might incorporate these techniques into your own writing.

We will take inspiration from Ann Quinn’s, The Unmapped Country, Stories and Fragments, Glenda George’s, Dissecting the Corpus, Fran Lock’s Contains Mild Peril, and Anthony Anaxagorou’s After the Formalities, amongst others. We will also work through a number of writing games and prompts in class to kick at the edges of our own poems. Please feel free to bring previously written poems for these tasks.

One session on Wednesday 4 August, 10.30am – 1pm.

This course will take place 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.

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Rachael Allen’s first collection of poems, KINGDOMLAND, is published by Faber & Faber. She is the co-author of a number of collaborative artists’ books, including Nights of Poor Sleep with Marie Jacotey, published by Prototype, and Almost One. Say Again! with JocJonJosch, published by Slimvolume. She is the recipient of a Norther Writers Award and an Eric Gregory award. She hosts the Faber Poetry Podcast, is the poetry editor for Granta magazine and Granta books, and is was most recently an Anthony Burgess fellow at Manchester University.

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