Ideas Through Art: Poetry from the Personal
Octavia Poetry Collective will lead a workshop for educators exploring poetry as a method to understand and develop personal identities.
‘Leading out of current discourse around migration, movement and identity, the workshop will create a space to explore how we individually and collectively see and understand the world.
Using creative writing, group reading, and critical discussion, we will explore the potential of poetry to address diverse personal histories. We will propose a selection of beyond-the-curriculum poets in order to re-think conventional understandings of poetry and build strategies for identifying ourselves in literature. The session includes time and support to map out ways of applying the ideas to your classroom.’
The workshop is FREE, booking is essential via Eventbrite, for more information:
Confusion of Tongues: Art and the Limits of Language
MA Programme Curating the Art Museum, 16 June – 17 July 2016
It was an absolute pleasure to be commissioned by The Courtauld Gallery‘s MA Curating students to write poems in response to some of the works within their fantastic exhibition, Confusion of Tongues: Art and the Limits of Language last weekend.
The exhibition is still on for another week, so if you have a chance I’d highly recommend going.
Writing a group poem inspired by Warsan Shire’s The House with a class of brilliant Year 9’s from Harris Girl’s Academy on behalf on Spread the Word for Action Aid’s #fearless women campaign.
Read more about the camaign here: https://www.actionaid.org.uk/campaign/campaign-for-womens-rights/fearless
Octavia – Poetry Community for Women of Colour featured on BBC World Service‘s Cultural Frontline show yesterday afternoon. We discuss writing, the body, language, representation, and Octavia members, Amaal Said & Sunayana Bhargava read a powerful poem encompassing all of these themes.
You can listen to it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03x7892
The brand new Arts Emergency Podcast has arrived! Check it out on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/…/the-arts-emergency…/id1044115346…) and Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/arts-emergency/ep13). This month, we’re talking vulnerability, gratitude and life-defining moments. With stories from playwright and producer Deborah Pearson and Ninjatune signing Throwing Shade. Octavia Poetry takeover the podcast for a whole ten minutes to share some of their work and discuss why their workshop is so valuable. Octavia’s founder and this month’s Poet In Residence Rachel Long delivers an incredible poem exploring mental health. And Arts Emergency student Edie Friar presents the music that means the most to her in this episode’s Student Soundtrack.
See the canon differently at an event celebrating unsung women poets and up-and-coming stars.
Octavia is a poetry group of women of colour, led by Rachel Long. The group explores issues of intersectionality, sexuality, and the representation of women of colour.
The group explores issues of intersectionality, sexuality, and the representation of women of colour.
The women have also been working with Poetry Library librarians to discover some of the hidden heroines of poetry. They highlight the significance of their voices both on stage and in a resource at the event.
Free but booking essential. Emailspecialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk to reserve your place.
This event is supported by Apples and Snakes.
Come, Serious Play @ Barbican Centre, Sat 28th November 2015
11am – 5pm, Garden Room, Fountain Room and foyer spaces
For Charles and Ray Eames, the importance of play was a source of creativity and made its way into all of their work. Immerse yourself in the joy of play through a day of workshops, performances and activities at this free, one day event inspired by The World of Charles and Ray Eames. There will be an array of wonderful things going on that day, from making your own spinning tops to contributing to installations as well as music and dance.
I’ll be running TWO poetry workshops alongside Antosh Wojcik – Poet, Performance Poet, Writer one for Children (6-11 yrs), 11am-12.30pm, and the Advanced Workshop (13-18 yrs), 1.30-3pm in which we’ll play with words and their meanings, re-imagine Lewis Carroll’s ‘nonsense’ poem Jabberwocky, construct a 3D House of Cards poem and end with a performance to a live audience.
For further information and to book your place on the poetry workshops please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Not Strive? An Inclusive club night for young people made by Southbank Centre Youth Ambassadors happening tomorrow night (Friday 23 October), Festival Village, Southbank Centre, 7-9pm. I’ll be performing alongside RaymondAntrobus and Heart ‘N’ Soul DJ’s.
Really wishing I’d had the good sense to have gone to a club night this cool, of poetry, music and activism, when I was younger. Sigh. ‘What we know now we didn’t always know’ comes to mind…
It’s free. Come x