What does it mean to think, write and co-exist with water? Explore how we relate to each other through this most primal element, and experiment with writing your own hydro-lyrics.
In the workshop, we’ll explore the poetry of water, looking at how writers like Rita Wong, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Lorine Niedecker, and Elizabeth-Jane Burnett have approached this alluring and vital substance. We’ll consider philosophical, personal, and creative approaches to writing about and with water, from hydrophilia to hydrophobia, hydropoetics to hydropolitics. Exploring the theory of ‘transcorporeality’ – which describes how water flows between bodies and places – and the perspectives of indigenous Water Protectors, we’ll consider how poets have expressed the value and meanings of water. And we’ll reflect on how our connections with people and places through water tests the boundaries of the lyric. What does it mean to write the self in a world of flow, connection, and confluence?
Monday 15th July 10.30am–1pm.
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.
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Samantha Walton co-runs Sad Press, which specialises in chapbooks and small press editions, and has previously published five pamphlets including Animal Pomes with Crater Press. She was a Poet in Residence at the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum in 2013, and in July 2015 was Poet in Residence at SoundEye Poetry Festival in Cork, Ireland. She teaches at Bath Spa University.
'My whole life I have been nervous to talk to others about poetry for fear of judgement, so it was a unique opportunity to speak to other people who are curious about poetry too. I came away buzzing with energy and feeling empowered.'