-The place we write from, the space our words inhabit-

Poetry workshop presented by Nottingham Poetry Series

1 small4 Thursday evenings, 16 April – 7 May, 6.30 – 8.30 pm and all day Saturday, 16 May 2015

University of Nottingham main campus — University Park

Open to all who are interested in poetry and visibility, at any level of writing experience. We’re exploring the relationship of writing, a sense of space and putting poetry into that space by changing media.

Led by published poets Neele Dellschaft and Carol Rowntree Jones, this course will help you develop your writing and offer new directions for your poetry. Guest tutor Ian Duhig will work with us on ‘desearching’ as a way of thinking about place in our writing.

Course fee: £45. Please send a short letter stating why you wish to take the course and a sample of your writing (this can be in any form) to hello [at] nottinghampoetryseries.com by 7 April.

UPDATE: New deadline for signing up is now Thursday, 16 April, the day of the first workshop.

Course details

Participants will be encouraged to explore the intersection of poetry and the physical world. We will examine how a sense of place informs our writing, and how the space our writing inhabits can expand the writing/reading experience for ourselves as writers and for the reader. We will take ‘space’ to encompass the physicality of the poem on the page or in a book, and also as ‘site’, as we experiment in taking our work out into the city and situate it in public spaces. We will explore how changes in medium may alter the life, meaning and experience of the poem.

During the course, participants will be able to make new work and experiment in transferring their words into multiple media and across sites.

We will look at the work of Anne Carson, Mark Doty, Linda Gregg, Seamus Heaney, Kathleen Jamie, Agnes Lehoczky and others. We will do writing exercises together. We will examine examples of poems in different book forms and as texts recorded in different physical forms in the outside world, as well as the conceptual states of poetry: public vs. private, open vs hidden.

Ian Duhig will spend time with us and lead a workshop on his Digressions project, introducing his ideas on desearch as a way of unearthing work.

For our day-long session participants will chose one of their own poems and work towards representing it in another material form. Projects might extend to book binding, embroidery, text on glass, text on concrete. We will respond to each other’s projects in a final writing exercise and will document the work photographically.

Who we are

Carol Rowntree Jones and Neele Dellschaft are emerging poets who have studied and developed projects together over the last five years.

Carol won the inaugural Overton Poetry Prize and her pamphlet This is not normal behaviour has just been published by Lamplight Press. She was shortlisted for the Basil Bunting Poetry Prize 2015. Her short story “Level and Nearly Unaffected” was joint winner of the 2013 Asham Award for women’s short fiction and was published by Virago.

Neele is a German poet, scientist and maker. The author of I come home and I move differently (MIEL 2012) and Call it an Immersion (Dancing Girl Press 2015), Neele’s work appears or is forthcoming in literary magazines including 111OLighthouse and the Carolina Review Quarterly Review.

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‘Byron’s Pants': a book arts & writing workshop with Carol Rowntree Jones

Nottingham Poetry Series will present a book arts and writing workshop at Newstead Abbey, on Saturday 9 February, as part of Nottingham Festival of Words.

Whether your fancy is for long-johns or lacy leggings, a billet doux for Valentine’s Day or somewhere to make notes for your unfolding novel, join this lighthearted workshop to make a simple, but intriguing, folded ‘trouser’ book.

The form creates tucked away pages and hidden corners, just right for Byronic note-keeping – until all is revealed when the book unfolds!

There will be time to write, or decorate the books with words and material collages.

You will then have a gift to take home, or a place for you to fill with your own words, later.

Running from 11 am to 1 pm,  the event kicks off a whole day of poetry at this atmospheric house with distinct Byronic attachments.

See more and book: www.nottwords.org.uk/blog/

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Still orange, only different

Hi.  Nottingham Poetry Series is undergoing changes at the moment and will take a little while to surface.  We have to say thank you to Eireann Lorsung who established the Series, and now is leaving Nottingham for a continental life. For a number of us writers, poets, people-trying-to-create, her departure leaves us, well, a bit empty, but working with her has been ‘an education’ of the best sort. Occasionally scary. Unfailingly inspiring.

But we have just had a wonderful evening at the Flying Goose, care of Serotine, with readings from Sarah Jackson ( Eireann’s co-host for the Poetry Cafe) and Eireann herself.  Both poets read from their recent work; Sarah’s epic experience of walking Route 20 in Corsica, and how different are these horses? Eireann read from books completed while in England and those of us who have worked with her over the last years wore big smiles to hear poems from Ceriserie and  A Scale Model of the World.

A wonderful evening; sad, but there was a sense of  potential in the room, and excitement for Eireann and Jonathan.  We wish them well.




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