Poetry and Identity: Creating Character
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128 (Executive Suite), John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site
Poetry and Identity: Creating Character poetry writing workshop with Tamar Yoseloff
Brookes Poetry Centre is delighted to invite you to a special day-long poetry
writing workshop with celebrated poet Tamar Yoseloff.
workshop will take place on Saturday 11 February from 10.30-16.30 and is
designed to coincide with an exhibition by acclaimed French photographer Claude
Cahun running in Brookes’s Glass Tank Gallery.
Claude Cahun (1894-1954) is best
known for her original, enigmatic and playful photographic self-portraits. Born
Lucy Schwob, she adopted the pseudonym in 1917 to free herself from the narrow
confines of gender. Decades ahead of its time, her work toyed with perceived
gender roles and identity, concerns that are still current and pertinent
this practical writing workshop we will look at how poets frame issues of
identity, sexuality, gender, role-playing and character, using the photographs
and writings of the enigmatic French artist Claude Cahun as our starting point.
We will discuss examples of dramatic monologue, autobiography and other ways of
presenting the first-person viewpoint, examining a diverse range of poets, from
Sappho to Sylvia Plath. Participants will be encouraged to generate new poems
during the session, and to share first drafts with the group.
About the tutor
Yoseloff is a London-based freelance tutor in creative writing, and runs
site-specific writing courses for galleries such as the Hayward, the Royal
Academy and the Tate. She is currently a visiting guest lecturer at Newcastle
University and a tutor on the Poetry School / Newcastle University MA in
fifth collection, A
Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems, was published by Seren
in 2015. She is also the author of Formerly,
a chapbook incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald (Hercules Editions,
2012), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award; two collaborative editions with
the artist Linda Karshan; and a book with the artist David Harker.
More information and how to book
£45 and £40 for Brookes staff and students
Photo credit: Claude Cahun,
Self Portrait, 1928.
Courtesy and copyright Jersey Heritage,