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Vahni Capildeo: 'Write Into the Territory'

Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 10:30 to 16:30

1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road
Canada Water
SE16 2XU



Vahni Capildeo, author of Forward Prize-winning Measures of Expatriation, is running a workshop with the Poetry School. Find out more below: 

This is a course on movement through words, and alternative psychogeographies. Participants will look at the poetics of walking charted in prose, and the praise of walking celebrated in poetry. To begin, we shall feel our way into how we experience our own movements through our everyday routines, and what makes a journey ordinary or extraordinary. We shall sketch imaginary walks with literary companions, chosen from postcard- or pocket map-sized extracts. There will be a break for exploration of the territory (or room). Later, we will unravel assumptions about walking. Who can roam? Here contemporary poets voicing different bodies in different walking modes (disabled, racialised, classed, female, non-binary, domestic, migratory) become pilgrims, mappers or guides: Polly Atkin, Cathy Dreyer, Harry Josephine Giles, Zaffar Kunial, Kei Miller, Shara McCallum. Students will come away with a liberatory and renewed definition of access to authorship and 'psychogeography'. Using a variety of strategies to activate the field of the page as a space for dance, resistance, pursuit, fleeing, creative failure and ambitious joy, they will create a new piece of poetic writing.

To learn more and book onto this workshop, please see the Poetry School website. 

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