By imposing restrictions on the processes of writing, writers seek to find what literature might be, rather than what it is...
Oulipo, a ‘workshop of potential literature’, originated from a loose gathering of (mainly) French-speaking writers and mathematicians who sought to create works using constrained writing techniques.
It was founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and François Le Lionnais. Other notable exponents have included novelists Georges Perec and Italo Calvino, poets Oskar Pastior, Jean Lescure and poet/mathematician Jacques Roubaud.
Join Mark Brayley in an exploration of Oulipo poetry during this two-hour workshop.
Mark has been writing and performing poetry for more than a decade, in 2010 he graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing from Essex University.
Having assumed many identities over the years, his poetry does the same, exploring character and voice to exploit poetic moments of spontaneity, nuance and depravity.
His current identity is that of a writer in the style of Oulipo. He is the author of three poetry collections, ‘Disarming the Porcupine’, ‘The Unfettered Cube’ and ‘Stance’.