Winter 2015-16: Poetry workshops with Hercules Editions authors


Now the days are drawing in, join our authors for a series of mind-warming winter writing days at Travelling Through bookshop, an independent gem on London’s South Bank.

You can prowl old Lambeth’s streets on an urban exploration; delve into the psychological depths where silent film meets horror; write about your heritage and history using a personal object as inspiration; or turn your hand to composing homages and elegies. And there’s a public reading for all participants at the end of the series.

Workshops are £69 each (£60 concessions) – or book all four, and save £25. See below for full event details and the booking links.

WORKSHOP 1: Saturday 31st October 2015
The Poem of the Street: psychogeography & photography
with Tamar Yoseloff & Vici MacDonald, authors of Formerly
• This combined walk and workshop examines how psychogeography, urban exploration and photography can create material for new poems. Join Tamar and Vici for a walk around Lambeth (an area with connections to William Blake, Captain Bligh, Charlie Chaplin and Chaucer) and a discussion on the intersections between poetry and photography. Participants are asked to bring a camera (or a phone or tablet with camera), but no photographic expertise is required.

WORKSHOP 2: Saturday 5th December 2015
Poetry Noir: how to write a horror poem
with Claire Crowther, author of Silents
• In such classics as Beowulf, Dante’s Inferno, Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Terrible Sonnets and James Thomson’s City of Dreadful Night, poetry has always delivered emotional and aesthetic expressions of nightmare. This workshop will discover the hidden world of horror poems and use silent film clips to inspire our own fearfest. And no images are more horrifying than those at the start of the film era: for example, Nosferatu, Häxan and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.

WORKSHOP 3: Saturday 27th February 2016
Reconstructing History
with Hannah Lowe, author of Ormonde
(Note: this was originally listed as 30th Jan but is now definitely confirmed for 27th Feb)
•  How can we reconstruct or reveal personal histories through creative writing? In this workshop, we will look at how poets have written about their personal heritage and ancestry as a starting point for writing about our own family histories, using memory, anecdote, heirlooms and / or photographs as a way to explore the past. Please bring with you an object of significance in your family history, and a family photograph.

WORKSHOP 4: Saturday 30th Jan 2016
Writing Absence, Praising Presence
with Sue Rose, author of Heart Archives
(Note: this was originally listed as 27th Feb but is now definitely confirmed for 30th Jan)
• Drawing inspiration from artist Christian Boltanski’s use of collective and personal memory to document and memorialise the past, this workshop will examine the ways in which the written word can commemorate the dead and pay tribute to the living. Participants will explore a range of different poetic responses to love and loss, and turn their hand to writing their own homages and elegies.

PLUS a public reading for all workshop participants
Everyone who takes part in the workshops will be invited to share their poems in a reading at Travelling Through bookshop on Friday 18th March 2016 at 6.30pm. Tickets will be available on the door for £5, which includes a glass of wine.


Travelling Through, 131 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AE. Nearest tube is Waterloo.
11am to 5pm. See above for dates and descriptions.
The price for each session is £69, £60 concessions. A discount is available if you book all four workshops: £250, £215 concessions (a saving of £26/£25). Note, lunch is not included in the price of the workshop, but drinks and food can be purchased from the bookshop’s cafe or one of the many food outlets in the surrounding area.

Below: our venue, Travelling Through, as featured in Tired of London, Tired of Life and We Are Waterloo