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Writing the Air: A writing masterclass with Anthony Anaxagorou
23rd November 2022 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM GMT
In this participatory workshop, poet Anthony Anaxagorou will be asking what happens if we expand the idea of ‘air’ or first breath to mean a new beginning. Can the idea of air invoke fresh possibilities or social reform? Can air and breath can be reshaped to move beyond the conventional understanding of these terms? How does air and breathe relate to other aspects of the political landscape such as Brexit, the Black Lives Matter movement and Covid-19? And what commonalities does environment share with these issues? Join us for an online interactive workshop where we’ll be reading and writing poetry which looks to branch out and draw new distinctions between seemingly unconnected ideas and events.
Attendees with a formal writing practice are welcome but it is not required. This event is open to all participants from the age of 14 and up.
Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, an award-winning fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry has been published widely and he has also appeared on BBC, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts. His second collection After the Formalities published with Penned in the Margins is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2019 T.S Eliot Prize along with the 2021 Ledbury Munthe Poetry Prize for Second Collections. It was also a Telegraph and Guardian poetry book of the year. In 2020 he published How To Write It with Merky Books; a practical guide fused with tips and memoir looking at the politics of writing as well as the craft of poetry and fiction along with the wider publishing industry. Anthony is artistic director of Out-Spoken, a monthly poetry and music night held at London’s Southbank Centre, and publisher of Out-Spoken Press. His forthcoming poetry collection Heritage Aesthetics will be published by Granta in 2022.