In Praise of Wonkiness with Wayne Holloway-Smith

10:00–12:00 | Newcastle University | £15

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Workshops are held on the Newcastle University campus. Exact location TBC.

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We have all experienced the restrictions of the English language, as it is used in the everyday. I want to tell you I am sad, but there are so many types of sadness. How can I impress upon you the particularity of my specific experience of sadness at this moment, with only one word catchall on which to pin it? I cannot. Luckily, there is poetry, a second language, inside our English tongues, whose logic is skewed, different, wonky. This workshop will experiment with rules of this wonkiness, and the dramatic and imaginative leaps of association encompassed within, in the making of alternative meaning.

Wayne Holloway-Smith was born in Wiltshire and lives in London. He received his PhD in English and Creative Writing from Brunel University in 2015. His poems have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. His pocketbook, Beloved, in case you’ve been wondering was published by Donut Press in 2011. He co-edits the online journal Poems in Which and teaches at the University of Hertfordshire. His first book-length collection, Alarum, is due from Bloodaxe in March 2017.