Ritual, Belief & Poetry

Ritual, Belief & Poetry

Investigate the world of rituals, ranging from the everyday to the unusual, and learn how to use these as stepping-off points for new poems.

Rituals are intrinsic to the human experience – and they’re also a powerful source for writing poems that get straight to the core of who we are. How we mark key moments of our lives is shaped by how we see the world, our beliefs, and the communities around us. Using poetry from Caroline Bird, Malika Booker, Mark Doty, Karen McCarthy-Woolf and Danez Smith, among others, this workshop will guide you through some of the rituals that shape us from birth to death. Along the journey, we will be discovering new and bold ways of writing out what matters to us most.

This course is a half-day workshop running 10:30am – 1pm on Thursday 26 July and is part of our Summer School. To find out more about the courses in the Summer School, please see here.

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Keith Jarrett writes poetry and short fiction. His book of poetry, Selah, was published with Burning Eye. His stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Attitude and Tell Tales IV, with influences ranging from Caribbean trickster figures to Latin American surrealism. In 2010, Keith was UK Poetry Slam Champion. In 2013, his five-star reviewed show Identity Mix-Up debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. In 2014, he completed the pioneering Spoken Word Educators programme, teaching in a secondary school while studying for an MA at Goldsmiths University; he also won the Rio International Poetry Slam championship at the FLUPP favela literary festival. He was a Fiction Fellow at Lambda Writers’ Retreat in Los Angeles, 2015. Keith was commissioned to write a monologue, Safest Spot in Town, as part of the BBC’s Queers series last year. It was performed at the Old Vic and aired on BBC Four. He is currently a PhD scholar at Birkbeck, University of London, where he is completing his first novel.

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