The Radiance of Materials: Stone/Wood/Glass

The Radiance of Materials: Stone/Wood/Glass

Dig into the materials that surround you and their varied histories as a mine for poetic inspiration.

Learn to shape your poetic voice and experiment with new ones. Over the past year we have been enclosed in our own space. For some of us, our home was a cosy cocoon; for others, this isolation over time, amplified the sense of sequestration by force; yet there are some who began to consider their lives a cloistered, almost spiritual, existence.

But such enclosure risks overfamiliarity with the surfaces that surround us. The surfaces of our shelters are unrecognisable from their raw state. They have been processed, carved, ground down and melted to enclose us. In turn, our shelters risk being destroyed, crushed and shattered to dust.

But what would happen if we rewind time back to the unrefined material? What if we can hold that moment in suspension: what can this substance become? How can it be crafted to transmute? We will explore the origins of our stone flags, unravel our timber stairs, and decide whether glass is in fact solid. Our research will consider the natural sources of these materials, and the environmental impact of our use – and re-use.

Your writing will look at the process of craft, as well as the finished work. We will examine the approach and literature of designers and writers such as Peter Zumthor, Lina Bo Bardi, Walter Benjamin, B.V. Doshi, Junichiro Tanizaki, Nancy Campbell, and others.

In addition, you will be asked to go outside, as long as it is safe for you to do so, for guided observations and field notes. You will craft your writing from the texture of the unfinished material, carved from our quarry of ideas.

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

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About Fawzia Kane View Profile

Fawzia Muradali Kane is an architect and poet. Born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, she came to the UK on a scholarship to study architecture. She practiced as an architect in Trinidad for some years, and now lives in London. She is now a director of KMK Architects, and is training towards accreditation as an RIBA Conservation Architect. Her debut poetry collection Tantie Diablesse (Waterloo Press 2011) was a finalist in the poetry section for the Bocas Lit Fest prize. In 2014, Thamesis Publications produced her long sequence Houses of the Dead as an illustrated pamphlet. She is now preparing her second collection of poetry.

‘I wish I had found the Poetry School much earlier, when I was struggling to write poetry in isolation. Since I have since published several poems that were written for PS courses and improved by feedback from tutors and fellow students.’

– Spring 2021 Survey Response

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