Poetics of Space, after Bachelard (International)

Poetics of Space, after Bachelard (International)

Seek poetry in the intimate spaces in our lives.

The title of this course is taken from Gaston Bachelard’s seminal book, The Poetics of Space, which examines how we experience intimate places and spaces. The course will consider Bachelard’s world of different spaces from the domesticity of house, and his oneiric house of ‘dream-memory’ to drawers, chests, wardrobes, and the outside spaces of nests, shells, corners. We will use and engage in Bachelard’s thought as a springboard to write our own poems exploring intimate the spaces in our lives alongside reading poems from writers such as Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, George Szirtes, Muriel Rukeyser, Vahni Capildeo, John Burnside, to name but a few, and develop our writing through structured exercises. You do not have to be an expert on the work of Gaston Bachelard or even know of him, just be willing to experiment and stretch your minds and writing. All participants will be guided in the production of new work and encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.

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About Agnieszka Studzinska View Profile

Agnieszka Studzinska has an MA in Creative Writing from the UEA. Her debut collection, Snow Calling, was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010. Her second collection, What Things Are, is published by Eyewear (2014). She has had poems published in Long Poem Magazine, Wild Court, Agenda, and Mslexia, as well as having poems featured in several anthologies. She is currently working towards her PhD at Royal Holloway London exploring how the image of the house is appropriated in contemporary poetry. She teaches creative writing and lives in London.

'Feel part of poetry community and gained great friends. Even more obsessed with poetry.' 

– Summer 2019 survey response

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