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Open Workshop: ‘Beyond English – Poems in Constructed Languages’ with Harry Giles

Nadsat, Riddleyspeak, Klingon, Zaum, Lapine, Newspeak: what happens when we take a hammer and nails to language? What happens when we break a language apart, or try to start a new one?

Constructed words and languages can be for play and imagination, like Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, and they can be part of a broader political project, like Hugh MacDiarmid’s Scots, and they can expose the uncomfortable workings of a dominant language and create new possibilities. On this new Open Workshop with Harry Giles, you’ll look at how words and languages can be made and remade, and start putting them together into your own poems.

Eadyray orfay hetay hallengecay?


Title: ‘Beyond English – Poems in Constructed Languages’

OPEN WORKSHOP STARTS – Wednesday 18 February 2015

POEM SUBMISSION DEADLINE – Wednesday 25 February 2015

LIVE CHAT – Wednesday 4 March 2015, time TBC

To book your place, please email [email protected]

Note: places are given on a first-come first-served basis, but priority may be given to first-time students.


Harry Giles is from Orkney and lives in Edinburgh. His pamphlets Visa Wedding and Oam are published by Stewed Rhubarb, his forthcoming first collection was shortlisted for the inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and he was the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion. He lives at

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