Workshops & Activities

Vahni Capildeo Poetry Workshop on 'Bemonstering'

Part of London Literature Festival

Forward Prize-winning Trinidadian-British poet Vahni Capildeo leads a workshop exploring writing about passing between states of being, from the ordinary to the monstrous.

How do we capture the transition of a natural being from a static to dynamic state on the page? Drawing inspiration from poets including Poetry International co-founder Ted Hughes and Francis Ponge, Capildeo explores the spaces in which the everyday and the natural world itself become monstrous.

Vahni Capildeo’s books are No Traveller Returns (2003), Undraining Sea (2009), Dark and Unaccustomed Words (2012), Utter (2013), Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015), Measures of Expatriation (2016), which won the 2016 Forward Prize and Venus as a Bear (Carcanet, forthcoming 2018).

Her work is infused with ‘the sense of coexistent distance-in-presence, presence-in-distance’ which she characterises as typical of electronic communication today, while showing ‘how travellers carry elsewhen as well as elsewhere in their heart.’

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Royal Festival Hall
Foyle Pavilion, Level 3, Blue Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

need to know

£80 bundle tickets are available when purchasing two workshops within the Poetry International weekend.