Next workshop: Saturday 9th March

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 9th March at The Barley Mow pub, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX (nearest stations: Old Street and Shoreditch High Street). 3.30pm start, finishing for 5.30pm. Free admission. Please join us and bring along your new poetry to share.

Please note that the start time for this workshop (3.30pm) will be slightly earlier than has usually been the case.

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Next workshop: Saturday 16th February

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 16th February at The Barley Mow pub, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX (nearest stations: Old Street and Shoreditch High Street). 3pm start, finishing for 5pm. Free admission. Please join us to share your new poetry.

Please note that the workshop is taking place one week later than normal (we typically meet on the second Saturday of the month). The workshop will also start and end an hour earlier than usual. These changes are due to high demand for the event space at our venue. We expect to be back on our regular schedule in March. Many thanks to The Barley Mow for finding us an alternative slot.

Next workshop: Saturday 12th January

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 12th January at The Barley Mow pub, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX (nearest stations: Old Street and Shoreditch High Street). 4pm start, finishing for 6pm. Free admission. Please join us to share your new writing.

In addition to the usual workshop, we are pleased to welcome the January meeting’s featured poet Clive Gresswell, who has just released his second book of poems, Rages of the Carbolic, with Knives, Forks and Spoons Press. During his half-hour spot he will read from Rages and answer questions on his poetics. Clive has been a regular at Writers Forum Workshop – New Series for many years and is regularly published in magazines from Tears in The Fence to BlazeVOX. He has an MA in ‘Newspaper Language in Innovative Poetry’, and his first book of poems Jargon Busters (Knives, Forks and Spoons, 2016) has done well and received good reviews from critics.

Examples of online work by or about Clive:

Next workshop: Sunday 9th December

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Sunday 9th December at The Barley Mow pub, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX (nearest stations: Old Street and Shoreditch High Street). 3pm start, finishing for 5pm. Free admission. Please join us to share your new poetry.

Please note that the workshop is taking place on Sunday, one day later than normal (we typically meet on the second Saturday of the month). The workshop will also be starting and ending an hour earlier than usual. These changes are due to high demand for the event space at our venue. We expect to be back on our regular schedule in January. Many thanks to The Barley Mow for finding us an alternative slot.

Next workshop: Saturday 17th November with Johan de Wit

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 17th November at The Barley Mow pub, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX (nearest stations: Old Street and Shoreditch High Street). 4pm start, finishing for 6pm. Free admission. Please join us to share your new writing.

November’s session is an exception to our usual practice of meeting on the second Saturday of each month. There will be no workshop on Saturday 10th November, as this date coincides with London’s annual Small Publishers Fair, a bonanza of poetry and artists’ books. Many workshop regulars will be participating in the Fair as stallholders or performers.

On the 17th, in addition to the usual workshop, we are pleased to host an extended reading by Johan de Wit, followed by discussion of his work.

From the website of the publisher Reality Street:

Johan de Wit is a Dutch-born writer in English whose project is to create an absolute poetry of unalloyed language, acting as a rigorous detoxifier to the language centres of the brain. He is a truly avant-garde figure, a genuine explorer of language continents others don’t even know about. He has been published since the 1980s, with a large number of books and pamphlets to his name.

Examples of work by or about Johan online:

Next workshop: Saturday 8th September with Wayne Clements

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 8th September at The Barley Mow pub, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX (nearest stations: Old Street and Shoreditch High Street). 4pm start, finishing for 6pm. Free admission. Please join us to share your new writing. This month, in addition to the usual workshop, we are pleased to host an extended reading by Wayne Clements, followed by a discussion of his work.

Wayne Clements is a poet and visual artist. He has published poetry in books and magazines, and exhibited artworks internationally. His artworks and poetry are typically programmed using the computer language Perl. He received the Award of Distinction for Net Vision, Prix Ars Electronica 2006.

Wayne completed a practice-based Ph.D. in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design (2005). He researched the rule-based generation of text using a computer: http://www.in-vacua.com/thesis.html.  His website is: www.in-vacua.com. His poetry blog is: http://murifri.blogspot.co.uk/

Recent poetry publications include Kenya (Veer, 2016, with Antony John and Johan de Wit), Lives of the Saints (Red Ceilings, 2016), Variant Lines and Other Poems (Red Ceilings, 2013), Archeus (Department Press, 2012), Western Philosophy (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2011) and Clerical Work (Veer, 2010). From, A Country Diary is forthcoming from Knives Forks and Spoons Press.

Wayne’s main ideas about algorithmic and computer poetry are here: https://ewic.bcs.org/upload/pdf/ewic_eva16_ma_paper3.pdf