The Poetry School Camarade: a weekend course & collaboration reading: July 16th & 17th

Tutor: S J Fowler
Venue: Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Date: Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July
Time: 1 – 6pm, plus 7.30pm performance on Sunday
Price: £144, £136, £116
Level: open to all
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'The Enemies Project presents a unique new course for the Poetry School offering participants the chance to spend two full days at Rich Mix Arts Centre exploring collaborative poetry techniques as well as the history of collaboration in poetry, and to develop new work in tandem with fellow students. Following the course, participants will have a chance to read their new collaborative poems at Rich Mix alongside some of London's most accomplished poets in a specially organised Camarade event, open to the public. 

Camarade readings are the primary collaborative poetry events of the Enemies project have taken place 18 countries with over 150 events with over 500 poets and artists since 2012. To find out more about the event held on the Sunday evening, July 17th visit

The Poetry School Camarade - Venue 1: Rich Mix Arts Centre - 7.30pm - Free Entrance
Alex MacDonald & Mark Waldron / Lavinia Singer & John Clegg / Shazea Quraishi & James Trevelyan / Ali Lewis & Rishi Dastidar / John Canfield & Joe Turrent / Tamar Yoseloff & Alison Gill / SJ Fowler & Prudence Chamberlain / David Crystal & Mathew Caley

Saturday’s July 16th 2016 workshop

1pm – Introduction to the possible methods of collaboration in poetry and text.
2.30pm – Facilitated group writing exercises and practise performances.
3.30pm – Facilitated breakout sessions for collaborations in pairs.
5pm – Group discussion on the process, final pairs confirmed and feedback.

Featuring a discussion of the philosophies behind collaborative writing, the diffusion of the poet’s identity in collaboration and the consequences of that for solo writing. Extended explorations of the notion of the reading versus the performance, group writing, conceptual writing, constraint writing, improvisation and more literary methods like line-to-line and stanza-to-stanza. Features both talks, discussions and exercises.

Sunday’s July 17th workshop

1pm – The history of collaboration in poetry featuring source materials provided to the participants, covering a selection of salient examples from 20th century poetry, including movements like the Surrealists, CoBrA, The Beats and assorted examples from the likes of Ian Hamilton Finlay and John Furnival, Ron King and Roy Fisher, Anne Waldman and Joe Brainard.

2.30pm – An analysis of a host of collaborative performances from The Enemies Project video archive with footage screening and discussion.

4pm – Facilitated rehearsal of group collaborations and final paired works, with feedback.