Writing Coastlines (International)

Writing Coastlines (International)

Craft poems on the ever-shifting edges of water and land

This course will explore coastal writing in two ways: we’ll read and write about coastlines, and we’ll also consider the idea that coastlines themselves are actively engaged in acts of writing and erasing. In the broadest sense, the act of writing translates aural, physical, mental and digital processes into marks, actions, utterances, and speech-acts. The intelligibility of writing is intertwined with both the context of its production and of its consumption. Coastlines are shifting terrains where land and water meet, always neither land nor water and always both. Writing coastlines are edges, ledges, legible lines caught in the double-bind of writing and erasing. These in-between places are liminal spaces, points of departure and sites of exchange. In this course we’ll read poets who write about coastlines as a way of evoking a condition of being in-between places. We’ll explore cartographic writing, off-shore writing, and island writing. And we’ll delve into the language of science and ecology to consider ways erosion, pollution, and climate change are rewriting coastlines around the world. Intermingling interdisciplinary ways of thinking, in this course we’ll generate writing which blurs boundaries between land and sea, coming and going, writing and erasing, home and away. 

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

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About J. R. Carpenter View Profile

JR Carpenter is an artist, writer, performer, practice-led researcher, and lecturer. She makes maps, zines, and books; and writes poetry, short fiction, long fiction, non-fiction, and digital narratives. Her recent web-based work The Gathering Cloud won the New Media Writing Prize 2016, and her debut poetry collection An Ocean of Static was Highly Commended for the Forward Prize 2018. She is an artist-in-residence at the Archives Nationale in Paris, in association with the University of Paris 8, and writer-in-residence at Greenway, in association with Literature Works and the National Trust. Recent poems have appeared in Oxford Poetry, 3:am magazine, Arc Poetry, The Goose, The Clearing, The Junket, and PRISM International. Her digital writing has been presented in museums, galleries, journals, and festivals around the world, and can be found on http://luckysoap.com

‘The Poetry School has supported me on a journey to rediscover and connect with poetry again after decades of feeling poetry was for other people. I now have the confidence to write out the poems that have been residing within me for so long.’

– Summer 2018 survey response

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