The Femme Canon with Carmina Masoliver

The literary canon we learn within traditional education settings has been known to exclude the work of women. Through The Femme Canon we will readdress the balance and celebrate women and non-binary poets by looking at work from a diverse range of writers.

With Carmina, you will cover texts from the epic poetry of Mary Tighe, through to the likes of Dorothy Parker and Elizabeth Bishop, to contemporary poets such as Kate Tempest and Warsan Shire, amongst others.

Within these three-hour workshops, you will read and discuss given texts, before taking inspiration to write through a variety of prompts and exercises. The final part of each workshop will include an option to share work with the group, inviting comments and critique. If you are looking to discover the writing of important women and non-binary people, or need inspiration for new writing, welcome to The Femme Canon.

This course is primarily aimed at women and non-binary people, but all are welcome.

The workshops will run on the following dates:

Saturday 14 April
Saturday 19 May
Saturday 16 June

All workshops will run from 10am-1pm.

About Spread the Word’s discounted rates
London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here. If you are a London Writers Network member please login to receive your discount.

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Carmina Masoliver


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Carmina Masoliver is a poet from south London. She has shared her poetry on stages across the UK, as well as in both Singapore, and in Spain. Her poetry chapbook was published by Nasty Little Press in 2014, and her work has been translated into Spanish and published in the anthology Muñecas: Antologia Internacional Contra el Abuso Infantil. Carmina was long-listed for the Young Poet Laureate for London award in 2013, and most recently, she was long-listed for the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships. She has shared work in academic contexts, such as The Place for Poetry at Goldsmiths, and a discussion about FGM at The Wellcome Collection. She has also facilitated workshops independently and alongside Ross Sutherland, Michael Rosen, and Niall O’Sullivan.

As the founder of She Grrrowls – a night featuring women and non-binary people in the arts – she edited and published an anthology of ten poets, published by Burning Eye Books.


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