Wednesday 5th December 2018, 12.00-5.30pm, Goldsmiths
This workshop will focus upon moments of extreme state violence, and how experimentation with literary or performance form may be motivated by the unspeakable nature of violent events. The proposed activity will promote an understanding of racial and class tensions in the United States in comparative context with those in the United Kingdom, inspiring reflection upon some of the most repressive actions of police and government in transnational contexts, and the specific value of addressing these situations in creative and critical writing.
The workshop event will represent an unparalleled opportunity for gifted and motivated young writers, artists and thinkers from a wide diversity of backgrounds to study, fee-free, with two acclaimed international writers, Fred D’Aguiar and Nick Makoha, and to engage with some of the most pressing questions of art and activism affecting our time. Participants will benefit from the opportunity of engaged discussion around the craft of literary writing and performance and its importance as response to state violence and brutality. Students will engage in the making of their own written or recorded pieces and critiques, drawing from an immersion with two celebrated literary practitioners.
If applying to participate in the workshop, please check regularly for updates to the 'Essential Reading' section of this website. You will be best prepared for the workshop if you have read some of these works.