Exploring the Ethereal: Dream Compositions Workshop with Holly Pester

by | Jan 16, 2024 | In-Person Festival Workshops, Zoom Festival Workshops | 0 comments

Join acclaimed poet and this year’s Poetry School Performance Lecturer, Holly Pester, for a thought-provoking workshop that uncovers intriguing intersections between dream plots and the art of composition.

Shedding light on the shared processes between the subconscious realm and the act of writing, Pester invites participants to navigate the ethereal landscapes of imagination.

This workshop provides a unique space for contemplation on the peculiar imaginative shapes that emerge during our dreams. Scheduled for Friday, 23rd February, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm (In-Person) and Monday, 19th February, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Online), participants will explore the languages of invention forged within the dreaming mind and learn how to channel these ethereal languages into the creation of new and evocative poetry.

Holly Pester, recognized for her expertise and innovative contributions to the world of poetry, brings a wealth of knowledge as the Poetry School Performance Lecturer for this year’s event. Her workshop promises not only to engage participants in the art of composition but to unravel the mysteries of the mind’s creative processes during dream states.

Workshop Details:

This workshop invites participants to embark on a contemplative exploration of the intangible, providing a platform to transcend traditional poetic boundaries. Secure your spot for this intellectually stimulating experience by booking online or in-person.

About Holly

Holly Pester (b. 1982, Colchester) began writing poetry when she was a receptionist in her early twenties, ‘and would do anything to make the time go by’. She went on from there to the East London experimental art and poetry scene, making DIY books for zine bookshops and reading and performing with props including an electric hand-whisk and a homemade harp. ‘I’ve done a lot of things and publications already, sound works, performances, chapbooks, radio works, talks, events, works that have completely disappeared now’, Pester writes. ‘It’s lovely to work in an unprofessional order!’

In a 2019 essay, ‘The Politics of Delivery (Against Poet Voice)’, Pester describes a radical prosody, one which ‘creates spaces and moments for what can be said. The poets I listen out for recreate that space through an insubordinate rhythm against the condition of the day.’ Comic Timing enacts that description, creating a space for rage, for the ‘bodily-yet-politicised experience’.

Forward Prizes History:

  • 2021 Forward Prizes for Best First Collection, shortlisted for Comic Timing (Granta Poetry)
  • 2019 Forward Prizes for Best Single Poem, shortlisted for ‘Comic Timing’ (Granta Magazine)

Dream Compositions Workshop

Holly Pester in the Dream Compositions Workshop. Explore the symbiosis of dream plots and creative writing, unraveling the mysterious languages of invention within your own dreams. Join us on February 23rd (In-Person) or February 19th (Online) for an intellectually stimulating workshop that transcends traditional poetic boundaries. Book your spot now for a thought-provoking exploration with acclaimed poet Holly Pester