Posted: 17 February 2015
The Poetry Takeaway is the world’s first travelling poetry emporium and will be at the University’s campus all day on the 18th. Visitors can ask its established ‘takeaway chefs’ for a poem on any subject and a piece will be written there and then and served up to them.
Current English and Creative Writing students will also have the chance
to work with the Poetry Takeaway team, learning about their work and
process. There will be the chance to ask questions about their
experience on working as established performance poets. Some students
will also have the opportunity to work as ‘poet chefs’ in the van
writing bespoke poetry for guests. English and Creative Writing
students can register for the workshop here.
Professor Laura Peters, Head of the Department of English and Creative Writing, said: “This is a really unusual way for hundreds of visiting school pupils to remember their day on campus with us and to see poetry being created before their eyes.
“The face of poetry has changed over the years from Wordsworth to war poetry to urban verse. At Roehampton we teach all of it and so we want our future students to have an understanding of how a single thought can generate a piece in any style on any topic. It’s a really exciting way to see creative writing in action.”
Two poets will be based in the Poetry Takeaway van, and promise to create an interesting or entertaining poem on any topic, whether it is related to the University visit or a completely unrelated subject. All poems are completely free. The writers are:
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