DEATH OF WORK-SHOP: YOUNG PEOPLE POETRY GROUP
This is a poetry group for 16 - 19 year olds. It had been designed to provide a space for young people to perform, share and discuss their work within a sociable environment. There will be no formal structure to this class, and instead it will allow those involved to gain confidence in themselves and partake in something “for the love it”.
There will be exercises and workshop tasks at each meeting which will be planned by the supervisors and also visiting guests and poets to help the students in their writing journey. The workshop does not have a “beginning” or an “end”, and runs in twelve week “semesters” leaving a month break in between. The seventh week of the module is an unsupervised meeting, where the students will be able to meet and use the time to read/workshop/share whatever they wish.
Presentation of work:
Readings and performances on a regular recorded podcast series for those interested in spoken word/performance.
Work can also appear yearly in “Periodicals” journal.
(This is up to you — you will not be forced to present your work if you don’t want to - the workshop is about enjoying and connecting with people and yourself, and this doesn’t always have to be through the act of actually sharing or presenting your work, sometimes the process of creating is enough. Is this something we are losing in a world full of perfection and that big final product, the big finale?)
The age limit has been decided because I have tutored 16-19 year olds in English Literature for a few years now. During this time, I have realised how much the education system not only stifles creativity, but also, the restrictive structuring of education, the obsession with the final grade, are deeply damaging. I wanted to create a workshop where young people could come and release, not feel judged, the pressure to “make it” “make the grade”, a chance to not only connect with other people but to connect with themselves. It’s a very important moment of adolescent and I am not sure if the education system we currently have really understands that.
No “portfolio” or “application” is needed to apply for this workshop. Just a statement of intent is good enough to join - just simply, “Why would you like to take part in the workshop?”.
For more information on how to join, please email:
showing interest deadline: April 15th 2021.
There is a limit of 25 spaces only.
fees and funding:
NO FEES. This is fully funded by the press at the moment. Hopefully, I can get the bastard government to pay at some point, but until then…
workshop “semester” dates:
2.5 hour once a week on Thursdays from 7pm - 9:30pm (approximate length)
1st: May 1st - August 1st (2021)
2nd: September 1st - December 1st (2021)
Submission deadline for “Periodicals” journal: December 15th
3rd: January 1st - April 1st (2022)
image from Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1970)