Event 2

Workshop with Sandeep Parmar: Writing the City

Friday 14 February 2020

The Temple of Peace

15:30 -17:30

In 1919 Hope Mirrlees wrote ‘Paris is a huge home-sick peasant. / He carries a thousand villages in his heart.’ Mirrlees was wading through a city steeped in history as well as tumultuous change at the end of the First World War. How are cities resistant to and define themselves through change? Where do we as poets find ourselves in the layers of urban space and time? This workshop will look at examples of poets writing across the past hundred years about the city, belonging, home and homesickness. In our own writing about the city we will consider where we sit as subjects in the crowd. 

Bring notepad, pen.

£15, or £10 with concession.

(book in advance, limited numbers)

Authors and Artists

Sandeep Parmar

Sandeep Parmar is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She holds a PhD from University College London and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Her research interests are primarily modernist women’s writing and contemporary poetry and race.

Her books include: Reading Mina Loy’s Autobiographies: Myth of the Modern Woman, scholarly editions for Carcanet Press of the Collected Poems of Hope Mirrlees and The Collected Poems of Nancy Cunard as well as two books of her own poetry: The Marble Orchard and Eidolon,winner of the Ledbury Forte Prize for Best Second Collection.

Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Statesman, the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement. She is a BBC New Generation Thinker and Co-Director of Liverpool’s Centre for New and International Writing. In 2017, she founded the Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics Scheme for BAME reviewers and the Citizens of Everywhere project which focuses on broadening ideas of citizenship and belonging.

Sponsors and Support

This event is supported by Llenyddiaeth Cymru – Literature Wales