Poetry in our Past

Mon 24 June 2019 - Fri 28 June 2019
Tutors / Raymond Antrobus & clare e. potter
Guest Reader / Tongue Fu
Course Fee / From £450 - £550 per person
Genre / Poetry
Language / BilingualEnglish

On this course we will explore hidden stories using archives, family tales and history as given and re-told. We will delve into the uncertainties and draw inspiration from what has been erased or omitted to create poetry – a counter-narrative perhaps. Together, we will conjure a creative space offering permission to invent or re-evaluate the stories we have been told and the narratives we’ve told ourselves. Course tutors will provide materials, though participants are invited to bring their own documents: a grandmother’s letters; diaries; a book handed-down. You could even bring an object – something that seems to have more to say.

Mid-week, the Tongue Fu will visit to perform their work – an improvisation of words and music ─ and will offer an opportunity for the course participants to join in too.


Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus is a British-Jamaican poet from Hackney. He is the author of two collections of poetry, To Sweeten Bitter (Out-Spoken Press, 2017), and The Perseverance (Penned in the Margins, 2018) and in 2018 he was awarded a Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. He is a founding member of poetry collectives Chill Pill and Keats House Poets Forum and the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3 and Jerwood Compton. He is also one of the world's first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths, University of London.
www.raymondantrobus.com / @RaymondAntrobus

clare e. potter

Clare Potter is a bilingual poet and performer with an MA in Afro-Caribbean Literature from Mississippi. She lived in New Orleans for a decade and received Arts Council funding to respond to the trauma of Hurricane Katrina alongside a jazz quintet. Clare has translated poems by the National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn, and collaborates with artists to make poetry installations in public spaces. She won the John Trip Award for Spoken Poetry in 2005 and was on BBC4’s Listening Project with her father piecing together the source of emotion in poetry. In 2018, Clare was the Velvet Coalmine Festival’s poet-in-residence, based in the Miners Institute where she collected people’s stories of this significant cultural and political building.


Guest Reader

Tongue Fu

Tongue Fu is one of the UK's leading spoken word collectives. It includes a rotating cohort of extraordinary musicians, an ever-growing roster of great poets, storytellers, comedians, rappers and lovers of words. Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond – it is a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation. Tongue Fu hosts a regular residency at Rich Mix arts centre in Shoreditch and boasts a growing list of shows at London Wonderground at The Southbank Centre, The Barbican, The Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room, Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival and Bestival.

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