Writing on the edge of land and sea (walkshop)

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Folkestone Harbour, Folkestone CT20 1QH, UK

Event details

2022-11-12 11:00
11:00 UTC

How can writers capture the merging elements and uncertain edges of the coast? How do we pin ephemeral thoughts and fleeting experiences on the page? 

Join writer and psychogeographer Sonia Overall for an on-the-hoof workshop, exploring ambulatory writing techniques and texts. Walking liminal spaces around Folkestone harbour, we will consider innovative methods from works by Modernist walking-writers Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, and readings from contemporary coastal writing. Drawing on these techniques, we will practice mapping our own ideas as we tread the line between land and sea.  

Workshop materials will be provided. Participants will be given a copy of our Writing on the Edge project pamphlet, with further writing prompts, samples and exercises, to take home. 

Please wear sensible footwear and come dressed for the weather. We will meet in sheltered spot near the harbour; please be aware that we will be outside for the duration of the event. 

Spaces are free but limited and must be booked in advance. Full details of our meeting place and nearby facilities will be sent to participants after booking. 

This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities, taking place 10–19 November 2022. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

The walk will follow a step-free, wheelchair-friendly route (max. 1 mile) around Folkestone’s harbour area. Public toilets, car parking, seating and refreshments are available in the area.  

Please be aware that this walkshop will take place outside and that there may be adverse weather conditions. In the event of heavy rain, the walking route may be amended on the day to avoid slippery areas underfoot. For safety reasons, some areas near the harbour may be closed in inclement weather.

Inspired? Why not submit some creative writing to our Shorelines project.

Sonia Overall

Sonia Overall

Online Jury 2023

I am a Reader in Creative Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University, where I run the MA in Creative & Critical Writing. I also teach and lead workshops in creative writing for festivals, writers' groups and study days. I'm an avid psy...

Near Folkestone Harbour, Folkestone CT20 1QH, UK

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