‘The Exotic’

‘The Exotic’

Develop an appreciation for the exotic and take on a deeper engagement with the foreign in your work.

How do we write about distant, beautiful places without sounding politically naïve or patronising? How do we make foreign places complicatedly beautiful? What clichés do poets use to inadvertently render the other as a type or as being passive? One approach to help energise such work requires an appreciation of the exotic. In this course, you will be stimulated by writing exercises to help your work take on a deeper engagement with the foreign.

One-day workshop from 10:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday 20th May. 

There will a lunch break and tea breaks during the day. Lunch is not provided. Students are welcome to bring their own, or to visit the local shops and cafes during the break.

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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Daljit Nagra was born and brought up in West London and Sheffield. He lives in London, and works as a secondary school English teacher. In 2003, he won the Smith/Doorstop pamphlet competition with Oh my Rub!, under the pseudonym Khan Singh Kumar, the pamphlet going on to become a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and chosen as one of The Guardian’s Poetry Books of the Year. In 2004, his poem Look We Have Coming to Dover!  won the Forward Prize (Best Single Poem), and this became the title of his first collection, published in 2007. It went on to win the 2007 Forward Poetry Prize (Best First Collection) and the 2008 Arts Council England Decibel Award. It relates to the experience of British-born Indians, and often employs ‘Punglish’ – English spoken by Indian Punjabi immigrants. Look We Have Coming to Dover! was shortlisted for several further awards, including the 2007 Costa Poetry Award, and the 2007 Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Daljit Nagra’s second collection, Tipoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!!, its title inspired by an 18th-century automaton, was published in 2011. It was shortlisted for the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize.

All of my workshops at The Poetry School have been exceptional in so many ways, and I feel very lucky to have found a space where lots of really bright and talented people are thinking about poetry.

– Summer 2016 survey response

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