Writing the Body

Writing the Body

Making sense of the mess and glory of the human body.

* This course will take place on the video-conferencing platform ZOOM * 

When was the first (and last) time you were aware of your body? How does poetry address the ways we make sense of the mess and glory of it all? As our various bodies and the world leave marks on one another, could the writing process help us become more present and emotionally attuned to the ways we take up space?  

This workshop alternates somatic exercises with writing prompts and a discussion on poems by poets such as Rachel Long, Kit Fan, Helen Mort, and Khairani Barokka. Through themes including but not limited to coming of age, illness, body modification, we will bring the shocks of our flesh to light together. 

One off Zoom Session on Saturday 13 April, 2pm–4.30pm (BST) 

Concessions & Accessibility

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected]. Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. More information about how our Video Courses work can be found on the Video Courses page. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. 

Image credit: Eugene Chystiakov

About Tim Tim Cheng View Profile

Tim Tim Cheng is a poet and teacher from Hong Kong, currently based between Glasgow and London. She is the author of the pamphlet Tapping At Glass (VERVE, 2023), which was one of Poetry Society Books of the Year. Her debut collection, The Tattoo Collector (Nine Arches Press, 2024), is forthcoming. It explores the relationship between the body, ecology, and class. 

She is a co-editor of Where Else: An International Hong Kong Poetry Anthology (VERVE, 2023). Her poems appear in The Rialto, POETRY, Poetry London, Magma, among others. She has performed for BBC Scotland, StAnza Festival, Singapore Writers Festival, National Poetry Library and the likes. 

She is a WrICE fellow (awarded by RMIT University), an Ignite fellow (Scottish Book Trust), a member of Southbank Centre’s New Poets Collective 2022/23, and a mentee under the Roddy Lumsden Memorial Mentorship scheme. She edits, translates between Chinese and English, and writes lyrics. timtimcheng.com   

"The opportunity at the Poetry School is to take a deeper dive on very particular topics, bringing many rewards to the process of writing, reading and considering what poetry can do."

- Autumn 2023 Survey Response

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