Reading Working Class Poetics

Reading Working Class Poetics

How have poets used the socio-symbolism of the working-class body to invite readers into their worlds?

Historically the working-class body has been a symbol of physicality, of manual labour, of suffering, and endurance. How do these very distinct characteristics find expression and significance through poetry? In this 10-week course, participants will be working with poet and editor Anthony Anaxagorou to consider the different approaches poets have taken across the decades to explore gender, race, faith, sexuality, and disability through poetic representations of the working-class body. The reading list includes poetry written by Chartist poets as well as by Basil Bunting, DH Lawrence, Philp Levine, Audre Lorde, Lucile Clifton, Benjamin Zephaniah, Danez Smith, Andrew McMillan, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Jane Commane, and Rachael Allen.

10 weekly sessions on Tuesdays, 6.45-8.45pm, starts 1 October.

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 for further information.
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About Anthony Anaxagorou View Profile

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, curator and publisher. He has written several volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP as well as a collection of short stories. His new collection of poetry After the Formalities is forthcoming with Penned in the Margins in September 2019. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Poetry Review, Granta, The Rialto, Oxford Poetry, Wildness, The Feminist Review, and elsewhere. It has also been featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio London, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4, and Sky Arts. He’s an honorary fellow at the University of Roehampton where he lectures in the social sciences. He’s the artistic director of Out-Spoken and publisher at Out-Spoken Press.

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