Writing Together - Online Creative Writing Workshops
As part of our tour to Barking & Dagenham, we are doing online creative writing workshops with Pen to Print. To book a place visit Pen to Print’s website Writing Together is a series of 3 workshops throughout March that explore experimental and creative ways to collaborate using writing, producing co-authored pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. No previous experience required Tuesday 2nd March, 2:30-4:30pm Writing Together - Poetry This workshop focuses on using the Golden Shovel form to help us write poems by working with limitations. Borrowing from other poems, lyrics, phrases or even newspaper clippings, participants will write their own poems inspired by and using other peoples words. The Golden Shovel form is a poetic form created by award winning poet Terrance Hayes in homage to poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Tuesday 16th March, 2:30-4:30pm Writing Together - Fiction The second workshop focuses on creative games and writing techniques that will stitch together participants writing, bouncing off each other’s ideas, to form a complete co-authored short story by the end of the session. Tuesday 30th March, 2:30-4:30pm Writing Together - Non-Fiction Using artists’ manifestos as a creative structure to write collectively. Drawing on manifestos from a variety of artistic movements, we will look at ways in which writing can be used to make public declarations of ideas, principals & beliefs.Participants will work together to produce a workshop manifesto by the end of the session.
Writer in Residence
Since August 2020, poet Gboyega Odubanjo has been Writer in Residence at Rabbits Road Institute Library. Gboyega is a British-Nigerian poet born and raised in East London. His pamphlet, While I Yet Live, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2019. He is a Roundhouse Resident Artist and editor of bath magg. Gboyega is currently working on a series of poems and interviews inspired by books in Rabbits Road Institute Library, and relating to Barking and Dagenham and the East End of London, to be published in spring 2021.
On Tour to Barking & Dagenham
Rabbits Road Institute Library is on a virtual tour to Barking and Dagenham. We'll be announcing online public workshops and ways to get involved very soon. The library currently unhoused and cannot be visited in person due to Covid-19, but we are working on adding links on the catalogue to books and ebooks available through Barking & Dagenham libraries and the London Library Consortium.