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Plymouth Literature Festival 17

Plymouth Literature Festival 17
27th October 2017 - 29th October 2017
Ocean Studios

Plymouth Literature Festival 2017

 

Taking place from 21-29 October, this year's Literature Festival hosted an eclectic range of national and local talent across the city. We were delighted to take part with a brilliant set of events, from Outspoken spoken-word to Letterpress workshops. See our programme below, delivered across the final three days of the festival to finish off with a literary bang. Many thanks to all those who attended and performed! Images: Dom Moore.

 

Friday 27 October
 

MadHatters Studio Workshop | 11am-2pm | Sheron King, from the delightful Mad Hatters Studio in Plymouth, will be running an experimental and fun workshop, ‘sculpting and making with paper, books and words.’ Sheron has a passion for sustainable practice, reuse and recycling reflected in her own work. Simply drop-in during the day and join her ‘literary creativity’ at the Maker's Table, open to all ages.

Kiss + Bite Letterpress Workshop | 11am-4pm | Join Alan Qualtrough of Kiss & Bite Letterpress at Ocean Studios and get hand-printing your own poster. This letterpress masterclass gives you a professional overview of the practice, including how to hand-set your type to then print your own words to impress your friends. Take control of language through analogue techniques!

Outspoken Poetry Live | 7.30-9.30pm | ‘The poetry press that is battering down the doors of the establishment,’ is how The Independent describes Outspoken, a publishing house for emerging diverse writers. Their evening of live poetry performance includes Anthony Anaxagorou, most recently commissioned by the Labour Party during the 2017 General Election, alongside Joelle Taylor, Bridget Minamore, Raymond Antrobus and local writers. Supported by Apples + Snakes.
 

SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER
 

Poetry Masterclass | 11am-1pm | The nation’s leading organisation in spoken-word, Apples + Snakes have represented writers from Benjamin Zephaniah to Kate Tempest and are renowned for their outreach work. Join award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou for this two-hour masterclass, which takes you through techniques from page to stage. Build writing, performance and stage skills - and see your confidence flourish

Surrealist Women | Dr Felicity Gee | 2-3pm | Female artists associated with Surrealism have often been relegated to the role of muse: a subject to be photographed, written about, and desired. Yet women were autonomous, creative, and prolific. Slowly – but surely – the importance of both their contribution and individual merit is being recognised. Join Dr Felicity Gee for a talk about Leonora Carrington, a British-born Surrealist writer and artist who wove fantasy, alchemy, exile, childhood and cooking into her innovative and moving paintings and stories. Carrington created worlds that invoke both cruel and wonderful aspects of life in Britain, France and Mexico, surreal yet complexly charged with politics and far ahead of their time. Within her work, Carrington inverts gender roles, upsets human order with animals, and even makes elderly women the rulers of the world.

Writing Plymouth | Laura Quigley | 5-6pm | Plymouth's turbulent history presents a number of challenges to the modern writer, whether writing fiction or non-fiction. As we prepare to tell our story to the world, for the Mayflower 400 events in 2020, which stories are we going to tell and how are we going to present them? We should be encouraging pride in modern Plymouth, particularly for future generations, but can we do this and still tell the darker stories from our past? This free talk will consider the representation of Plymouth UK in written work and promises to initiate some lively discussion. Laura Quigley has received funding from the Arts Council to write historical fiction based in 17th century Plymouth, and has published successful books about Plymouth and Devon. She works closely with a number of heritage and literary groups in Plymouth,preparing new material for the Mayflower 400 events.

An Evening with Liv Wynter + Emily Pope | 7-9pm | In Liv Wynter’s work, feelings manifest themselves in beautiful verse and delivery. Self-described as a working-class and queer artist, Liv delivers thought-provoking performances that both touch on her personal experiences and feed into the wider truths of society. She will be joined by Emily Pope, Plymouth-born artist interested in the currency of sociopolitical and/or feminist monologues, and is very interested in how pain can be manipulated through humour, and presented virtually. She writes and does readings. She has recently exhibited and performed at: ICA London; Auto Italia, London; Ladette Space, London, Hester, New York. Join them for artist talks and powerful performances - a rare opportunity to see these artists in Plymouth.
 

Sunday 29 October
 

Kiss + Bite Letterpress Workshop | 11am-4pm | Join Alan Qualtrough of Kiss & Bite Letterpress at Ocean Studios and get hand-printing your own poster. This letterpress masterclass gives you a professional overview of the practice, including how to hand-set your type to then print your own words to impress your friends. Take control of language through analogue techniques!

A Space to Write | Writer's Block | 11.30-1.30pm | What environments are best suited to developing children’s independent writing? How can a consideration of time and space in the teaching of writing in schools contribute to the writing process? Amanda Harris and Rob Lane will discuss creation of The Writers’ Block in Camborne and how it is supporting writers of all ages. This will link this to a publication, A Space to Write, which explores - through photography and interviews - the spaces in which professional writers choose to work, their processes and how, maybe, these can influence practice in the classroom. The second half of this event is a practical workshop, delivered by Rob, using some of the techniques from The Writers’ Block itself.