Language of the Social

Language of the Social

Join Caleb Femi to explore the social side of language and break through its barriers to catch a true glimpse of reality.

‘We have no language for the feelings’ – D H Lawrence

The inefficiencies of language are the poet’s biggest challenge; to come close to expressing the true nature of reality, we must constantly try to break linguistic molds. We must disassemble, restructure, reassign, and re-invent language if we are to do justice to our experiences. This is especially true of social experiences, since this is when the patterns of communication are at their most fluid and volatile. In this workshop, we will explore the works of a range of poets – including Kei Miller, Jorie Graham, Eboni Hogan, Adam Lowe, and Zia Ahmed – to investigate how they prod and pull communications to their requirements and, in so doing, attempt to break through language’s barriers to give a true glimpse on the state of reality.

Saturday 13 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 Caleb Femi View Profile

Caleb Femi is poet hailing from south London. He is featured in the Dazed 100 list of the next generation shaping youth culture. Using film, photography and music Caleb is passionate about pushing the boundaries of poetry both on the page, in performance and on digital mediums. He has written and directed short films commissioned by the BBC and Channel 4 and poems by the Tate Mordern, The Royal Society for Literature, St Paul’s Cathedral, the BBC and The Guardian. Between 2016-2018, Caleb was the Young People’s Laureate for London working with young people on a city, national and global level. Caleb performs and speaks internationally, gracing major stages, institutions and festivals. He has also worked on global advertising campaigns and has won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam and Genesis Poetry Slam. He is currently working on a debut collection.

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