Narrow Road, Deep North

Narrow Road, Deep North

Trace ideas of the n/North and northerness, from every direction

This course will consider how useful ideas of the ‘north’ are to contemporary poetry. Participants will be encouraged to write into and out of their own idea of a/the n/North, building a portfolio of poems which deconstruct, demystify and de-limit what we mean when we point ‘up there’. For the Scottish poet Mick Imlah, who ‘ached towards the north’, to Blackburn-born Geraldine Monk, who considered being northern both ‘a blessing and a curse’, the post-war period saw a flourishing of poetry exploring the valences of locale along explicitly non-/anti-metropolitan lines. But we should be careful not to fall into tribalism; to claim ‘Northernness’ as sacrosanct if so doing only serves to reinforce tired clichés and damaging stereotypes. Narrow Road, Deep North will probe Peter Davidson’s conjecture that the north grew ‘in rumours out of the dark’. Wayfaring through ‘The North’ as a cultural totem, our trajectory will stop off at norths of mind and matter. And in an era marked increasingly by a return to the terrestrial, we will align our n/Northern attitudes with what the philosopher Donna Harraway calls ‘worlding’. Whether you’re from Richmond, North Yorkshire, or Richmond, London; under-Lyme or upon-Tyne, all have a north to explore.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. Live chats on Wednesdays 7-9pm GMT, first live chat starting 16 October 2019.

More information about how all our online courses work can be found on the Online 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).
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About Jake Morris-Campbell View Profile

Jake Morris-Campbell was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, in 1988. He recently completed a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at Newcastle University and is the author of two pamphlets of poetry: The Coast Will Wait Behind You (Art Editions North, 2015) and Definitions of Distance (Red Squirrel Press, 2012). A recipient of New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse award, his poems have appeared widely in print and online, as well as in the Bloodaxe anthology Land of Three Rivers. A regular reviewer for the Poetry School, Jake’s criticism is also forthcoming in Poetry London and Poetry Salzburg Review and he’s written essays and interviews for Prac Crit and Wild Court. Jake regularly collaborates with visual artists: his work has been displayed as part of the Singing the World exhibition at Cheeseburn Grange Sculpture Park in Northumberland and for Ghosts of the Restless Shore project at The Atkinson gallery in Southport, Merseyside.

‘There is no poetry community where I live, but these courses have given me access to a busy, responsive, energetic and generous community which has completely changed my writing life in a multitude of wonderful ways.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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