The Dinner Table – a Fortnightly Workshop with Special Guests

The Dinner Table – a Fortnightly Workshop with Special Guests

Because who's been to a dinner party for the longest time?

*  To ensure the safety of our tutors and students, this course will take place on video-conferencing platform, ZOOM *

If you miss the level of connection and conversation that can happen during and after satiating oneself in the company of others, then this course might be for you. The stories people tell when relaxed or tense; the anecdotes shared, the arguments (finally) aired, the dramatic pushing back of the chair to call your taxi on the steps out front. I miss the site of the dinner table, being gathered around its edges with other people, and so this course is dedicated to it – a writerly survey of the dinner table, in all its multiplicity, time-morphing and mood-shifting forms.

The dinner table is a micro-universe, within the micro-universe of the home, and in this five-session course we will explore as much as we can about it, whilst also creating a virtual roundtable of our own – writing together and workshopping our poems each week. We’ll explore how the dinner table can be a site of communion and breakup, celebration and trauma.

We’ll examine how the dinner table features in the poetic imagination and look to other poets who have written the site of the dinner table including Marie Howe, Morgan Parker, Chen-Chen, as well as the artworks of Carrie Mae Weems and Tracey Emin, amongst others. Like any decent dinner table, we will of course have (very special) guests leading two of our five sessions. You don’t have to dress for our dinner each week, but you can if you’d like.

5 fortnightly sessions on Tuesdays 7–9pm, starts 4 May 2021.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

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About Rachel Long View Profile

Rachel Long is a poet & the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Octavia was founded in response to the lack of inclusivity & representation in poetry & the academy. Rachel’s work has featured most recently in Filigree: An Anthology of Contemporary Black British Poetry, and Mal – Journal of Sexuality And Erotics (No.4, ‘Real Girls’). She is the co-translator of O Martelo/The Hammer by Brazilian poet & activist, Adelaide Ivanova. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme, & Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire. Her debut collection My Darling from the Lions was published by Picador in 2020 and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. 

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