Read like a Writer with Vahni Capildeo
Creative and sensitive reading is a must-have addition to any writer’s toolkit. Learn how Forward Prize-winning poet Vahni Capildeo draws inspiration and technique from the books that they love.
This friendly online session is perfect for anyone who writes poetry or is interested as a reader in how the process works – especially if you are fascinated by choice of language on a word-by-word level, or are seeking new ways to write the environment, the senses and physical or emotional sensation.
You will hear Vahni speak about the books that have helped to inspire their writing, as well as details on how they use creative reading to inform their own playful and innovative poetry about how we relate to the natural world, to words and to each other. You will then have a chance to ask Vahni your questions.
- Discover how to be an attentive and creative reader, and how to use this skill to strengthen your own writing
- Learn how to unpick the qualities of the writing that inspires you that you would like to improve your own work
- Try an exclusive guided exercise designed to free up your own writing
This session is designed for readers and creative writers of all levels – whether you’d like to get a flavour for how our writing workshops work, or you’re a more established writer looking for inspiration and to reconnect with the joy of close reading.
This event will consist of a presentation by Vahni followed by a chance to ask your questions. It will take place online on Zoom, in a webinar format. You will need access to the internet via a computer or similar device. Details of how to join the event will be sent a few days before.
Five bursary places are available for this workshop. Click here to apply >>
Vahni (Anthony Ezekiel) Capildeo FRSL is a Trinidadian Scottish writer of poetry and non-fiction. Capildeo’s eight books and eight pamphlets include Like a Tree, Walking (Carcanet, November 2021) and The Dusty Angel (Oystercatcher, 2021). Their interests include plurilingualism, traditional masquerade, and multidisciplinary collaboration. In 2014 Capildeo served as a judge for the Forward Prize and won the Forward Prize for Poetry for Best Collection in 2016. They are Writer in Residence and Professor at the University of York, a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Student of Christ Church, Oxford.
‘There is a sharpness to the observations and a bold specificity to their articulation, often presented with an eye for humour. Capildeo’s delight in this experiment is evident’ – Chrissy Williams, Poetry London