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Writing the Self: Performance and Sacrifice

A Poetry School workshop with Nisha Ramayya. Explore what it means to perform aspects of the self in poetry and discuss what is lost, gained, and – potentially – transformed in the process.

In this workshop participants will think about what it means to perform aspects of the self on the page and also in live contexts; asking, how do writers relate to their readers and audiences (real and imaginary); what do authors offer them and how do they anticipate and react to them in return; what are the benefits and obstacles of turning towards readers and audiences in this way? Poets who discuss ways of relating to their readers and audiences in terms of intimacy, vulnerability, refusal, and ‘the right to opacity’ will also be explored, including Anne Boyer, Bhanu Kapil, Momtaza Mehri, Holly Pester and M Nourbese Philip. 

Dates and times
10:30 am to 4:30 pm | Sat 01 Feb 2020
The Poetry School
1 Dock Offices
Surrey Quays Road
SE16 2XU