Out of the Wreckage

Out of the Wreckage

Come root in Davy Jones’s locker for nautical inspiration, exploring wreckage, ghost ships, and missing histories.

This workshop looks at the poetics of ships, shipwrecks, and ghost ships. We’ll delve into the human histories set adrift at sea, and sunk to the bottom of the ocean, the ones washed up on shore and wrecked on the rocks in stormy weather. We’ll think about uses of rot, rust and ruin, flotsam and jetsam. We’ll write about our own loss, wreckage, and missing histories. This class will look at the work of poets including Ilya Kaminsky, Bob Hicok, Kari Edwards, Walt Whitman, Warsan Shire, and Aimee Nezhukumatahil. Our voyage will also take on influences from outside of poetry, taking us via The Tempest, Pirates of The Caribbean, The Deadliest Catch, and Damien Hirst’s Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable.

Saturday 16 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

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.

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). Please contact [email protected] for further information.
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About Eleanor Penny View Profile

Eleanor Penny is a writer, journalist, poet and teacher. She’s a three-times Barbican Young Poet, twice shortlisted for Young People’s Poet Laureate for London. She’s the winner of the Keats House poetry competition and the Verve Poetry Festival prize. Commissions include the Barbican, the Poetry School, the Cinema Museum. She’s an editor at Novara Media, and the host of poetry podcast Bedtime Stories for the End of the World and Politics Matters on FUBAR Radio. Her work has appeared in numerous outlets including The New Statesman, Vice, Verso Books and the Independent. Her first book is forthcoming with flipped eye.

‘The Poetry School programmes such thoughtful and unusual courses and enables poets to feel validated, to become more curious, more skilled, more engaged in poetry and the world.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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