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. www.khaledhakim.weebly.com

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: http://smallpublishersfair.co.uk/.

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Next workshop: Saturday 21st October

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 21st October 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 and bring some new writing to share.

Please note that this session is an exception to our holding the workshop on the second Saturday of each month. There will be no workshop on Saturday 14th October, due to non-availability of our venue on that day – we have kindly been offered space on the 21st instead.

Next workshop: Saturday 8th July with matt martin

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 8th July 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 matt martin, followed by discussion of his work.

matt martin is the author of spider bite (Kater Murr’s Press) and full spectrum apotheosis (Contraband Books). open parenthesis is forthcoming from Palomar Press. recent writing has appeared in The Goose, Bedford Square Anthology, 3am Magazine, Purge and For Robert: An Anthology (Electric Crinolines Editions). Work has featured in exhibitions like Visual Poetics (Saison Poetry Library, 2013). matt has run poetry workshops in infant schools and also writes children’s stories which he performs as part of his job at a London museum. He is studying Poetic Practice at Royal Holloway, University of London. Links to online work can be found at www.eocenepress.wordpress.com.
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Next workshop: Saturday 10th June with Johan de Wit

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 10th June 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 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 Johan’s work online: