Next workshop: Saturday 18th November with Khaled Hakim

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 18th 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. This month, in addition to the usual workshop, we are pleased to host an extended reading by Khaled Hakim, followed by discussion of his work.

Khaled Hakim had published grudgingly – preferring semi-improvisatory talk poems – before entering a protracted silence. A few pieces did escape and were published by Kelvin Corcoran, Angel Exhaust, Miles Champion, Talus, Tim Atkins, and Nicholas Johnson’s Foil: Defining Poetry 1985-2000 (which neatly closed this period). In retrospect, he views his poetics as ‘post-L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E’ – utilizing narrativity and the pressure of subject. 

This year marks his return to poetic activity, and he will be reading from The Book of Naseeb – a degraded epic written in a mixture of Quranic language, street argot, and Middle English – which has taken six and a half years to complete.

Please note that this session is an exception to the usual scheduling of the workshop for the second Saturday of each month. There will be no workshop on Saturday 11th November, as many participants are involved in stalls and readings at the Small Publishers’ Fair, a major book art event taking place in London on the 10th and 11th – more information here: