Explore your physical self through poetry with acclaimed poet and filmmaker Victoria Adukwei Bulley.
We all have one, yet no two are the same. From the creases of our palms to curve of our spines, each of our bodies are rich with stories that relate to who we are. This course offers a chance to explore these, mining the ways the body can serve as inspiration for poems imbued with daring, honesty and surprise. Guided by a range of poems, artworks and other texts, in this online course we’ll practice viewing the body as a map of our experiences and the vehicle through which we meet the world – and other bodies.
What will you do on the course?
We’ll read work by a range of poets including Amy Key, Evie Shockley and Grace Nichols, in addition to writing in responding to visual art, and excerpts of other texts. Over the course of three assignments, participants will develop a sense of their own ways of writing about their physical selves, complete with access to feedback from the course tutor and peers.
Who is it for?
Open to poets of all ability levels.
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.
To see if you are eligible for a concessionary rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.
Course tutor Victoria Adukwei Bulley will upload assignments containing exercises and reading materials once a fortnight on the following dates:
Thursday 25th April
Thursday 9th May
Thursday 23rd May
Assignments for each week will be due by the following Thursday, with feedback and discussion for the work written each week to take place between:
Assignment 1: Thursday 2nd May - Wednesday 8th May
Assignment 2: Thursday 16th May - Wednesday 22nd May
Assignment 3: Thursday 30th May – Wednesday 5th June
We ask that participants commit to providing feedback to at least 1 other participant for each feedback period. Victoria Adukwei Bulley will give feedback on two of the three assignments you complete during the course.
Although this is not concrete, to help with your planning we would suggest that completing each assignment will take a minimum of 3 hours, and feedback takes around 1 hour for one piece of work.
The course will take place online and will require you to have access to the internet in the dates above. Because of this, we ask that you are confident with using simple online sharing platforms, or at least willing to explore with guidance from Spread the Word. Full instructions will be emailed to participants a week before the course starts. Although there will be no live chats, there will be opportunities to interact with other course participants via feedback and general discussion.
The course will run with a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 15.
Victoria Adukwei Bulley
Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and filmmaker. A former Barbican Young Poet, her work has appeared in The Poetry Review, Ambit, and tonguejournal.org, in addition to featuring on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. She won a Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award in 2018, and has held residencies internationally in the US, Brazil, and the V&A Museum in London. Victoria is the director of MOTHER TONGUES, an intergenerational poetry, film and translation project supported by Arts Council England and Autograph. She is a Complete Works Poetry and Instituto Sacatar fellow, and her debut pamphlet is Girl B.