Sun, 26 Apr | Treadwell's Books

Bookings Paused - Writing Rites, Enacting Poetry

Poetry writing workshop with Nia Davies and Síofra McSherry, working with ritual and embodied mystical states
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Bookings Paused -  Writing Rites, Enacting Poetry

Time & Location

26 Apr 2020, 11:00 – 17:30
Treadwell's Books, 33 Store St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS, UK

About The Event

This workshop is postponed. A new date, for later in the year, will be announced in due course.

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Write your own rites of spring. Join poets Nia Davies and Síofra McSherry for a day of creative writing and activity, exploring the relationship between ritual and poetry. It will unpack the ways in which ceremonial techniques can open gateways in the creative process. Participants will learn how rituals are structured and how to apply ritual-based approaches to writing. Get ready to experience embodiment and intention; group activities include working with thresholds, gesture and material objects. Through practical exercises participants are supported in producing new poetry and artistic acts. For those with an established personal ritual practice, the workshop will be of help in working with poetry as a means to create transformative rituals. 

The workshop is suitable for both beginner and experienced poets.

Nia Davies is poet, performer and literary curator. She is currently researching and writing poetry and ritual at the University of Salford. Her first book-length collection of poems All fours (Bloodaxe Books, 2017). This followed the pamphlets England (Crater, 2017),  Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmısınız or Long Words (Hafan/Boiled String, 2016) and Then Spree (Salt, 2012). She was editor of the international quarterly magazine Poetry Wales from 2014 to 2019 and has worked on several intercultural and collaborative projects. Nia's website.

Síofra McSherry, born in Northern Ireland, has published her poetry widely in anthologies and journals in the UK, including Poetry Wales and the Salt Book of Younger Poets. Her pamphlet Requiem (Emma Press 2019) is the 2020 Poetry Book Society Spring Pamphlet Choice. Síofra is a workshop leader and coach at Scienza Berlin. She previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in American Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she earned her PhD. Síofra completed her BA in English at the University of Oxford and received her MA from UCL. 

 Image credit: Witch’s Cradle, 1943, Maya Deren, via LUX, London 

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