2 Days: Intimate Chaos - A Poetry Course

2 Days: Intimate Chaos - A Poetry Course

9 - 10 February 2019

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February
10.30am – 4.30pm

Over an immersive weekend, participants will work alongside Beatrice Gibson’s exhibition Crone Music to consider the intimacy of chaos. Led by poet Rachel Long, this course will consider the personal-political, the spiritual-political and the ways in which ritual can be used to create meaning through reading, group discussion, personal reflection and writing.

Taking the works of Audre Lorde, Eileen Myles, CAConrad, Jay Bernard and Terrance Hayes as inspiration, participants will gain an understanding of different creative processes and discover new ways of handling chaos, opening up new possibilities for their writing.

Session 1
The poet, Terrance Hayes, is writing a sonnet for everyday that Trump is President of the United States (American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin). How do you respond to chaos? Where do we start?
The first day of the course will embrace creative chaos through experimental techniques including subconscious writing, writing in the dark, and writing in response to the Crone Music exhibition and expanded programme.

Session 2
Participants will hone the skills developed over the duration of the first day and choreograph the chaos into a selection of final works. By the end of the course, participants will have written into the void and returned clutching a small collection of poems which respond to your storms − past, present and future.

All participants are invited to attend and read works produced on the course at a poetry evening that will be hosted by Rachel Long with a special guest poet, on Wednesday 13 March in the Camden Arts Centre café. Full details will be made available through the website.

Bursary Places
This course is led in conjunction with Octavia, a poetry collective for women of colour.
As part of Camden Arts Centre’s commitment to access, equality and diversity we are offering four free bursary places on this course in addition to our standard concessionary rates. We particularly welcome applications from women and non-binary people of colour.
To apply for a bursary place, please send no more than 200 words via email to briefly outlining your interest in the programme and how it would benefit you. Deadline: 10.00am, 28 January 2019

Additional information:
• This course is suitable for those with some previous writing experience.
• All materials and equipment are included.
• This course runs over two full days. There will be a break for lunch between 1.00pm and 2.00pm each day. Lunch is not provided.

Rachel Long will lead this course. Rachel is a poet and the founder of Octavia, a poetry collective for Women of Colour, who are housed at Southbank Centre, London. Her work has featured in Magma, The London Magazine, and Modern Poetry in Translation. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme, and Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire. Read more

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Full fee
The full fee is paid by everyone who doesn’t qualify for the senior or concessionary fee.

Senior fee
If you are aged 65 years or over at the start of the course you are eligible to pay our reduced senior fee.

If you are aged 65 years or over with a household income of under £16,000 you are eligible for the concessionary fee. See below.

Concessionary fee*
The concessionary fee is available to attendees who are in receipt of the following:
• Pension or Savings Credit
• Aged 65+, with a household income of under £16,000
• Working Tax Credit
• Income Support
• Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Employment and Support Allowance
• Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independent Payment
• Incapacity Benefit
• Universal Credit
• Housing or Council Tax Benefit/Support
• Carers Allowance
• Child Tax Credit and have a household income of under £16,000
• Full-time students with NUS cards

*Information gathered from updated government guidance:

Terms and Conditions
• Booking on a course at Camden Arts Centre signifies your agreement to our terms and conditions as stated in our Learning Agreement. These are available to read on our website and at the Bookshop.
• Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable, unless the course is cancelled by the Centre.
• Evidence of concessionary status must be shown on the first day of the course.
• All materials are provided.

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