Critical Poetics Workshop: Nisha Ramayya

Nisha Ramayya at Arika’s Episode 10: A Means Without End, Tramway, Glasgow 2019. Photo: Alex Woodward / Arika
Nisha Ramayya at Arika’s Episode 10: A Means Without End, Tramway, Glasgow 2019. Photo: Alex Woodward / Arika

Join us for a series of free monthly workshops exploring creative-critical practice, hybrid methodologies and experimental thinking.

Organised in collaboration with the Critical Poetics research group based at Nottingham Trent University, and featuring international guest speakers, the workshops provide a new platform for debate, collaboration and innovation suitable for those interested in exploring the relationship between creative and critical writing.

Led by poet Nisha Ramayya, this creative-critical workshop hopes to experiment with learning through listening, to experience through obscurity, and to find sense through sound. Recognising our different circumstances and gathering remotely, discussions include the notion of the listening-walk, approached speculatively through dreams, patterns, and soundscapes. This is an opportunity to reflect on different bodies, environments, and relations as well as listening collectively to Alice Coltrane, Ellen Fullman’s The Long String Instrument, and a deep-sea cabled observatory in Monterey Bay. Readings include Jackie Wang’s ‘Oceanic Feeling and Communist Affect’ (2017), Patrick Farmer’s 'Azimuth, the Ecology of an Ear' (2019), and Nathaniel Mackey’s ‘Sound and Sentiment, Sound and Symbol’ (1987). Listening across these sources, this workshop asks: what are the material conditions and social textures of the ‘Sonic Continuum', and how might they be rendered in poetry? How do we think through sounds and listen through writing?

The workshops will run online from November 2020 to May 2021, and places are limited. To sign up please submit an expression of interest (200 words), a visual statement or short oral presentation to Jack Thacker [] by 5 November 2020. We welcome applications from across disciplinary fields, from beyond the academy, and from all nationalities, as well as from under-represented groups, including trans and queer people, people of colour, and those with functional diversity.

During the 2020-21 academic year, all workshop sessions will take place online. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to commit participation to the full programme. We welcome active engagement in the sessions. Selected reading materials will be provided to workshop participants.

Nisha Ramayya is a poet whose debut collection States of the Body Produced by Love (2019) is published by Ignota Books. Other publications include Notes on a Means without End (2020) in Poetry Review; In Me the Juncture (2019) published by Sad Press; Threads (2018), a critical-creative pamphlet co-authored with Sandeep Parmar and Bhanu Kapil, published by clinic. She is a member of the Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK research group and a lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London. In spring 2020, Ramayya is Poet in Residence at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

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