Alice Hiller Workshop – Working the rainbow: using colour to amplify your poem’s impact and reach

by | Jan 17, 2024 | In-Person Festival Workshops, Zoom Festival Workshops | 0 comments

Working the rainbow: using colour to amplify your poem’s impact and reach.

This hands-on workshop will explore how colour can be channelled to intensify the emotional, political and philosophical resonances of a poem.

Generative practical exercises will offer new ways into creating – including a colour-themed guided freewrite, and step by step processes drawing together memory and association with found materials.

Supporting this, we will also look at colour theory and consider how colour is used by poets including Elisabeth Bishop, Gail McConnell, Airea D. Matthews, Anthony Joseph, Paul Tran, Padraig Regan and Ella Frears. This hands-on workshop explores the transformative power of colour in poetry, offering practical exercises to intensify emotional, political, and philosophical resonances within your work.

What to Expect:

Alice Hiller, an expert in exploring the intersections of colour and poetry, will lead participants through generative exercises, including a colour-themed guided freewrite and step-by-step processes drawing inspiration from memory and association with found materials. The workshop will also delve into colour theory, examining how poets like Elisabeth Bishop, Gail McConnell, Airea D. Matthews, Anthony Joseph, Paul Tran, Padraig Regan, and Ella Frears masterfully utilise colour in their work. This session promises a fresh perspective on how colour can elevate the impact and reach of your poetry.

About Alice Hiller:

Writer, poet and curator alice hiller began working as a freelance features journalist during the 1980s, covering popular and youth culture. She published a history of the T-Shirt with Ebury Press in 1988.  For her PhD at UCL, she explored Anglo-American cultural separation through the lens of transatlantic travel writing.  Her poems have been widely published, and her debut, bird of winter, is the PBS Summer Special Commendation.  It will come out with Liverpool University Press in May 2021, with a launch on 5 May with Alice Miller and Sarah Westcott.

alice is the creative director for the Estate of Oscar Nemon.  Her essay ‘Marking the spaces of our silences’  explores creative responses to trauma, and art as a form of activism.  As a critic, alice has reviewed for  a range of publications including the FT, TLS and Poetry Review, Poetry London and Magma. She was the founding Reviews Editor for harana poetry.   Her response to ‘radicalising the feeling world of the poem’ with Vahni Capildeo, Eugene Ostashevsky and Anita Pati can be read here.

Tickets for this dynamic workshop are priced at £22.50 (Concessions £17.50).
Don’t miss this chance to enrich your poetic palette and explore the impactful use of colour in your writing.

ONLINE – Thursday, 8th February, 7-9pm
IN-PERSON – Sunday 25th February, 1-3pm

Secure your spot by booking online via [Eventbrite] or in person at the Birmingham Hippodrome.