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Workshop for the deaf community on Saturday 17th March, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm in Upper Tarble (Clothier Building)

Saturday 17th March Poetry workshop for members of the Deaf community

Where: Upper Tarble in Clothier Building

What time: 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

The festival poets will run a workshop to enable fluent signers to compose and perform their own poems. Dorothy Miles, the pioneer ASL and BSL poet, said: ‘every fluent signer is a potential poet’.  This is your chance to explore your poetry potential!

You don’t need any experience of sign language poetry, but you must be a fluent signer to get the most from the workshop. If you have never composed or performed sign language poetry before, the festival poets will take you through some basic exercises to build up your skills so that by the end of the day you should be able to perform your own poem to the rest of the group in the workshop.  It is a wonderful feeling to go from ‘poetry zero to poetry hero’ in a day.

If you are already an experienced sign language poet, come and learn new skills from poets with different experiences and new insights. See what you can learn from the BSL poets and ASL poets.  Learn new types of poems, including, perhaps, signed renga.

This event is free but please note that numbers are limited so you must register here for this event so please follow this link to the registration page.

We would like to film the performances at the end of the workshop so you have a record of your day, which will be available afterwards.

We will have ASL-BSL interpreters booked for this event.  Lunch is available (at cost) from the nearby student cafeteria.

Additional Workshop with Kenny Lerner

  • When: Saturday 17th March
  • Where: Kohlberg Hall, Room 115
  • What time:  2pm-4pm
  • The language of this workshop will be spoken English.

We are delighted to announce that Kenny Lerner will run an additional workshop on Saturday 17th March, 2pm to 4pm.  Kenny will talk about his experiences being the ‘hearing half’ of the Flying Words duo and doing the voicing of ASL performance poetry.

The language of this workshop will be English.  This will be of special interest to interpreters, students of sign language and anyone interested in issues of translation and poetry.  The venue for Kenny’s workshop is Kohlberg Hall, Room 115

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