28 Jul 2013, Open to all, Workshop, Lisa Matthews.
Andre Breton said, ‘a man who cannot visualise a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot’ and random ephemera, juxtaposition and imagery form the beating heart of this 1-day workshop. We will use a series of short, focused writing prompts to encourage spontaneous poetic responses to a variety of stimuli. These responses will form the bases for writing and discussion during the session itself, and will also mean participants have a collection of raw material to take away with them. Bring a dedicated notebook and be ready to tackle group and individual exercises inspired by Surrealism, Dada and Oulipo. Visual and audio materials will sit next to excerpts and fragments, found texts, lists and random marginalia. There will be time to write privately, as well as a group-sharing session when participants will get the chance to read their own work and witness how fellow writers responded to the stimuli of the workshop.