Writing from the Body: Physical Interaction and Multisensory Intrusions

Writing from the Body: Physical Interaction and Multisensory Intrusions

Taking references from contemporary D/deaf & disabled poets and performers, explore how physical and sensory experiences can shape poetry.

The workshop uses the concept of literary ‘intrusion’ as a jumping-off point to explore and create multisensory literary experiments. Participants will explore & discuss how physical / sensory experience can shape and alter how we perceive language, and how we can harness physical experience, limitations and intrusions to manipulate and transform a text. A key theme will be how our own physical experience impacts how we use a text. Taking references primarily from contemporary D/deaf & disabled poets and performers, each week we will focus on a different sensory function (eg. touch, sound, taste, etc…). We will examine & discuss pre-existing multisensory poetry techniques & interventions, whilst working towards developing our own multisensory literary creations.

Starts 21 June. 5 weekly sessions, 6.45pm – 8.45pm on Thursdays.

This workshop will be in our new offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU.  The venue is 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the Lower Road exit onto Surrey Quays Road, cross over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices are on the left.

If you have any needs that would require reasonable adjustments in order for you to access this course, please contact us soon as possible on either 0207 582 1679 or administration@poetryschool.com so that we can discuss your individual needs and ensure that the necessary support strategies are in place for you. Course materials can be made available in advance, in a variety of formats, to enrolled students, and recordings of classes can also be sent onto students who were unable to attend due to fluctuating health conditions.

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

About Abi Palmer View Profile

Abi Palmer is an interactive writer and artist. Her multisensory poetry installation Alchemy was awarded Best Wildcard at the Saboteur Literary Awards 2016. She is currently working on a 10 month project Sanatorium, exploring the relationship between language, movement, and the body funded by Arts Council England. Her essay ‘No Body to Write With: Intrusion as a Manifesto for D/deaf and Disabled Writers’ was published in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press, 2017). Recent interactive commissions include underwater book launch Aquanautica (with Sidekick Books) and live time-travel game Nobel (for Sabotage Reviews).

‘I am a poet with a disabling health condition and coming to the Poetry School has helped me grab back my identity (which illnesses can try to steal away) and prioritise what is meaningful in my life. It has brought learning, confidence, courage and friendship.’

Autumn 2017 Survey response

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