Without Rest: Poetry and Death

Without Rest: Poetry and Death

Explore techniques and forms to breathe new life into this essential and weighty topic.

‘When death, as public as a President or as private as a lover, overwhelms us, it speaks itself in elegy’s necropoetics’ – Donald Hall, New Yorker, 2017.

Writing about death can be a difficult and traumatising experience; many poets struggle to write about this weighty subject at all, or feel restricted to a simple elegy. In this workshop we will take inspiration from pioneering poems on death – including work from Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Denise Riley, Helen Dunmore, Ocean Vuong, Taylor Mali, Cynthia Dewi Oka and Aziza Barnes – and devise techniques and forms to breathe new life into the topic.

This course is a half-day workshop running 10.30am – 1pm on Saturday 28 April and is part of our Tutor Academy scheme. To find out more about the courses in the Tutor Academy, please see here.

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About Theresa Lola View Profile

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian Poet and Facilitator. She was commended by Liz Berry in the 2018 Cafe Writers Competition. In 2017 she won the Hammer and Tongue National Slam after a two-day finale at the Royal Albert Hall. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize and 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize. Theresa is an alumni of the 2015/2016 Barbican Young Poets Programme led by Jacob Sam-La Rose. She is part of Octavia and SXWKS collectives. Theresa has facilitated workshops at St Mary’s University and schools such as Saint Gabriels College.

‘This Poetry School workshop has helped me remember my love of language and all the wonderful things I could do with it. At a time of great personal difficulty, it has inspired me to carry on and be proud of seeing the world differently.’

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