Octavia Poetry at Serpentine Galleries

Ideas Through Art: Poetry from the Personal

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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:

http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/ideas-through-art-poetry-personal

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Octavia Poetry return to Southbank Centre

Josette and Hibaq

The incredible Octavia Poetry Collective will be performing Southbank Centre as part of Strive Festival 2016 on Saturday 6th August, 8-9pm.
Strive is a fantastic festival for and curated by young creatives.
Tickets are just £5, and there are 50% off concessions too. A bargain really for the show we have in store.

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats…/octavia-poetry-97793

Confusion of Tongues, Art and the Limits of Language, Courtauld Commission

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.

Octavia’s Ten Minute Takeover of the Arts Emergency Podcast

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.

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The Poetry Takeaway

I was in The Poetry Takeaway van last Sunday @ Brunel University’s Lit Fest. I’m back inside what is fast becoming my favourite place tonight @Discovery Centre, Stratford.

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‘Eight’ in Abridged: 0-37 Torquemada

TweeteightMy poem, ‘Eight’ features in the stunning Abridged 0_37 Torquemada issue.

‘Abridged 0 – 37: Torquemada focuses on the confessional and faith; the lies we tell and the secrets we keep, the hypocrisy of love and hate and the pointedness and pointlessness of the penance we ascribe ourselves and others, the faith that keeps us going and makes others suffer…

It is also probably the best paper one of my poems has ever been printed on.
Pages thicker than blood, and make your hands smell like you’ve been climbing trees.
It is a shame not to actually feel and smell such paper,
but you can download your free PDF copy of the magazine here:

http://abridgedonline.com/abridged-0-37-torquemada/