Rebecca Goss Workshop – Vessels: Life, death, and refuge

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Vessels: Life, death, and refuge poetry workshop.

Reflecting how and why vessels are made, this workshop will be an opportunity to uncover the emotional and physical refuge vessels can offer. Using a variety of stimulating texts, join Rebecca to write poems that will explore the vessel’s significance to you.

ONLINE –  Tuesday, 6th February, 7-9pm
IN-PERSON – Saturday 25th February, Birmingham Hippodrome. 12:30 – 2:30pm

VERVE Poetry Festival presents Rebecca Goss’s workshop, “Vessels: Life, death, and refuge,” This insightful workshop delves into the symbolism and emotional significance of vessels, exploring how they can be vessels of both life and death, carrying profound meaning within the human experience.

The vessel takes multiple forms: a boat, an urn, a body. In this workshop you will consider the object as container and look closely at what it holds. Jacob Polley’s jar of honey stores more than sticky sweetness, it holds the sun, ‘all flesh and no bones’, whilst Elizabeth Burns writes ‘the earth itself might almost be a vast potter’s wheel, each of us, held by invisible hands/a vessel turned upon it.’ Vessels can be keepers of the human spirit; they can be carriers of human life. Reflecting how and why vessels are made, this workshop will be an opportunity to uncover the emotional and physical refuge vessels can offer. Using a variety of stimulating texts, join Rebecca to write poems that will explore the vessel’s significance to you.

What to Expect:

Rebecca Goss, an accomplished poet renowned for her emotionally resonant work, will guide participants through a thought-provoking exploration of vessels in various forms – boats, urns, bodies. Using stimulating texts, attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on the object as a container, uncovering the emotional and physical refuge vessels provide. This workshop offers a unique space to craft poems that explore the deep significance of vessels in our lives.

About Rebecca Goss:

Rebecca Goss’s poetry is characterised by its emotional depth and keen observations of life’s complexities. With a focus on the human spirit, her work explores the profound connections between vessels and the human experience. Join Rebecca Goss for a workshop that invites you to explore the intricate meanings vessels hold and how they can become carriers of life and refuge.

My name is Rebecca Goss. I am a poet, tutor and mentor, living in Suffolk. My pamphlet ‘Keeping Houston Time’, came out in 1997 with Slow Dancer Press. My first full-length collection The Anatomy of Structures was published by Flambard Press in 2010. My second collection, Her Birth, about the death of my young daughter Ella from a rare heart condition, was published in 2013 by Carcanet/Northern House. It was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection, won the Poetry category in the East Anglian Book Awards 2013, and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Writing and the Portico Prize for Literature. In 2014, I was selected for The Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets.

 

Carousel, my collaboration with the photographer Chris Routledge was published in 2018 with Guillemot Press.

My third full-length collection, Girl, was published with Carcanet/Northern House in 2019 and was shortlisted in the East Anglian Book Awards 2019. My fourth full-length collection, Latch, will be published by Carcanet in 2023.

 

I studied English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University, then went on to complete an MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. In 2019 I gained a PhD by Publication from the University of East Anglia. I was Creative Writing Fellow at Liverpool John Moores University 2018-19. I was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University 2020-22 and am the current RLF Fellow at the University of Suffolk.

 

 

My poems have appeared in many literary journals, anthologies and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Arts online. You can read a ‘critical perspective’ of my work at British Council Literature http://literature.britishcouncil.org/rebecca-goss and listen to me read my poems at The Poetry Archive .

Tickets for this enriching workshop are priced at £22.50 (Concessions £17.50). Embrace this opportunity to deepen your poetic exploration and craft work that resonates with the profound symbolism of vessels.

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