Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Two–Day Poetry Workshop 15-16 Sep

Two–Day Poetry Workshop
15-16 September 2012
Toto Funds the Arts (TFA), in association with British Council, Bangalore, is pleased to announce a two-day poetry workshop which will be conducted by Gieve Patel.

Venue: British Library, Prestige Takt, 23 Kasturba Road Cross (Opp: Visvesvaraiah Industrial & Technological Museum), Bangalore
Dates: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2012
Time:  10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Saturday and 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday
Fee:  Rs 1,600, inclusive of lunch, tea/coffee and refreshments

Note to applicants (between 18 and 35 years):
Since the workshop will have not more than 15 participants, we will have to necessarily screen applicants. Please email ONE ‘finished’ poem to tfaindia84@gmail.com by September 4 at the latest to help us choose the participants. Once you are selected, you must send in your cheque for Rs 1,600 made out to Toto Funds the Arts to the following address: H-301, Adarsh Gardens, 47thCross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560082. Phone: 26990549/98806 23357.

Participants are urged to attend Gieve Patel's talk (for which a separate invite will be sent out) on the evening of Friday 14 September at the NGMA. He will be speaking on the creative process, and this will serve as an introduction to the workshop.

About the workshop:
Patel will read a set of master poems by some of the greatest poets from different countries (translated into English), and some great poems written originally in English. These poems will be discussed with the participants. Following the study of each master poem, participants will be given time to write their own poems, which may be based on some of the insights gained by the study of the master poem. However, the participant will be encouraged to bring some of his/her own life experiences into the writing of the poem. Patel will look at the poems produced, and will discuss them with the writer and occasionally with the whole group. The workshop is based on Patel's belief that it is not possible to write significant poetry if one is not first a reader of significant poetry. The workshop will encourage participants to continue with their reading of good poetry in years to come. Should participants have specific questions to ask about the writing of poetry, these too could be discussed with the group at some point during the workshop.

About the facilitator:
GIEVE PATEL is a painter and writer. Of his three published books of verse, the latest is Mirrored, Mirroring (OUP, 1991). His poems are included in several anthologies in India and abroad. Mister Behram and Other Plays, a collection of his plays, was published by Seagull Books, Kolkata, in 2007. He has been conducting poetry workshops for students at Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh, for the past 18 years. His paintings are in public and private collections in India and abroad. He is a recipient of several awards including a Rockefeller Fellowship at the University of Chicago and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Washington D.C.

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