Kit Fan Workshop – The Art of the Seen and the Unseen

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The Art of the Seen and the Unseen Workshop

Through close reading, this workshop will focus on how each word and line collaborate with each other to give rise to meaning and the illusion of meaning. Participants will bring poems or work-in-progress to the workshop which will concentrate on the craft of poetry and explore how the art of the seen and unseen helps shape a poem and a book.

Birmingham Poetry Festival invites you to an immersive journey into the realms of poetry with Kit Fan’s workshop, “The Art of the Seen and Unseen,” scheduled for Sunday, 25th February, from 10 am to 12 noon in Workshop Room 1. This workshop promises to be a unique exploration of the intricate dance between the visible and the hidden aspects of art within the poetic craft.

What to Expect:

Kit Fan, an esteemed poet known for his nuanced approach to language, will guide participants through a captivating exploration of how poetry captures both the seen and unseen worlds. The workshop will unfold through close reading exercises, emphasizing the collaborative nature of each word and line in crafting meaning and illusion. Participants are encouraged to bring their own poems or works-in-progress, providing a hands-on opportunity to apply the insights gained during the session.

About Kit Fan:

Kit Fan is a poet, novelist and critic. He was born and educated in Hong Kong before moving to the UK at 21. His debut novel is Diamond Hill (2021). His first book of poems, Paper Scissors Stone (2011), won the inaugural HKU International Poetry Prize. As Slow As Possible (2018) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and one of the Irish Times Books of the Year. His third poetry collection The Ink Cloud Reader (2023) is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection.

Twice shortlisted for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize and the TLS Mick Imlah Poetry Prize, he has won Northern Writers Awards for Fiction and Poetry, the Times Stephen Spender Poetry Translation Prize, and POETRY Editors’ Prize for Reviewing. In 2023, he was shortlisted for the Alpine Fellowship and the Moth Poetry Prize judged by the Nobel Laureate Louise Glück.

He was a Visiting Scholar at the The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon in 2023, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2022, and appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Board of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) in 2023.

Tickets for this transformative workshop are priced at £22.50 (Concessions £17.50). Seize this opportunity to refine your poetry and uncover the poetic potential within the unseen.

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