Poetry Workshop: To Break and Build

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Poet Tim Tim Cheng has her head to one side, eyes closed, leaning against a wall. She has long dark hair, red lipstick and is wearing a green top, exposing some of her elaborate tattoo and a necklace. In the background is a city scene at night with a river reflecting high rise buildings.
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Examine poetry’s role in animating the unknown and forgotten, from past to future, and from body to body in this online workshop led by poet Tim Tim Cheng.

This workshop, led by former Southbank Centre New Poets Collective member Tim Tim Cheng, focuses on developing poetry that stems from (inter)personal feelings, and the ways they could form bases of resistance.

Between generative exercises, participants read and discuss work by writers such as Lola Olufemi, Christopher Soto, Arji Mabuelpillai, and Franny Choi.

The group then gives feedback on each other’s work-in-progress in a supportive environment, asking questions on writing from one’s embeddedness in languages, events, and communities.

In particular, participants are encouraged to experiment with the hybrid form that blurs the line between prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction, the verbal and non-verbal.

Held on Zoom, this interactive workshop is low pressure, fun and open to writers at any level.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 18+

Tickets go off sale at 10am on the day of the workshop.

This taster session is part of a recruitment drive for the 2024/2025 cohort of the Southbank Centre's New Poets Collective. Come along to this taster session if you are thinking of applying to the Collective and would like to give it a try.
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Dates & times

Sat 6 Jul, 11am

Price

  • Standard entryFrom £5*
  • Concessions25%**


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Queen Elizabeth Hall

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This event takes place live online via Zoom. A link with joining details will be sent to bookers an hour before the event start time.

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