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Writing Across Languages with Jennifer Wong

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Poetry Workshop: Writing across Languages with Jennifer Wong, Wasafiri Writer-in-Residence 1st March 2021, 7pm GMT (2 hours)

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Poetry Workshop: Writing across Languages with Jennifer Wong, Wasafiri Writer-in-Residence

1st March 2021, 7pm GMT (2 hours)

This workshop will focus on poets’ relationships’ with language. Whether it is a fleeting image from a song you’ve heard, an unfamiliar term in the dictionary, a foreign phrase caught in a different country, your second language or your grandmother’s dialect, language is a window to the world.

In the workshop, a wide range of poetry examples will be used to illustrate ideas of how to embrace the creativity arising from personal encounters with language(s). Through work by poets such as T S Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Lorna Goodison, Zeina Hashem Beck, Romalyn Ante and Nina Mingya Powles and varied writing prompts, group discussions, and detailed feedback, participants will develop new work that pushes boundaries, and explore what it means to speak, to listen, and to be heard.

Writers using English as a second language and from under-represented backgrounds are particularly welcome.

Price: £20 full; £15 concessions; £10 subsidised.

Concessions: Tickets at a discounted rate are available for attendees who are disabled, on Universal Credit or earning below a living wage, over 65, or full time students

Subsidised places: We offer a limited number of subsidised workshop/course places – first-come, first-served – at the rates quoted above. To apply for a subsidised place please email a 200-word explanation of your need for a subsidised workshop/course place to wasafiri@qmul.ac.uk

Meet the Tutor: Jennifer Wong was born and grew up in Hong Kong. Jennifer is the author of several collections including Goldfish (Chameleon Press) and a pamphlet, Diary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl (Bitter Melon Poetry 2019). Her latest collection, 回家 Letters Home (Nine Arches Press 2020)—which explores the complexities of history, migration and translation—has been named the PBS Wild Card Choice by Poetry Book Society.  She studied in Oxford and has earned a creative writing PhD from Oxford Brookes University where she teaches as associate lecturer. Her poems have appeared in World Literature Today, Oxford Poetry, The Rialto, Magma Poetry and others. She also teaches at Poetry School. Her reviews and translations have appeared in a number of magazines including Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review and Asian Review of Books. 


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