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General Prices: Free

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Women and non-binary poets, and their poeting friends, are invited to a special afternoon of activities. Babes in arms are welcome, and a private space is available for feeding, changing and crashing out if needed.

In this poetry workshop Carmen Marcus will tap into the daily rituals that mothers create in the home, from food to fashion, to inspire new writing and perspectives on the influence of our mother’s on our language and identity.

This workshop forms part of a series of activities for Carmen Marcus’s ACE funded project The Book of Godless Verse. This project will culminate in an anthology celebrating the messiness of everyday life and the rituals we handmade to deal with it. You can find out more at

Carmen Marcus is a performance poet and author from Saltburn by the Sea. Her poetry has been commissioned by BBC Radio, Durham Book Festival and The Royal Festival Hall. Her debut novel HOW SAINTS DIE, was published with Harvill Secker in 2017 and has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.

Other activities happening on this afternoon that you may be interested in are Deranged Poetesses: Mother Tongues by Victoria Adukwei Bulley, a set of four films about acclaimed women poets of colour and the women who nurtured them, and Deranged Poetesses: Are the sisters doing it for themselves?, a round-table discussion with poet and PhD student Katie Ailes. Check them out!

And of course don’t forget the main event, Deranged Poetesses: Mothers, happening on Saturday evening!