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Ruffs & Rituals: a pair of online writing workshops for 18-30 year olds

Thursday 21 January 2021, 5:30 pm7:30 pm

Queen Elizabeth 1 wearing a ruff

The Charterhouse is a beautiful complex of buildings and grounds with a history dating back to 1348, in Smithfield, in the borough of Islington, London. Today, it remains an alms-house, a private residence, a chapel, and a museum. 

In partnership with The Poetry Society, The Charterhouse’s Young Community is excited to offer two free online writing workshops to 18-30 year olds.

In the first session of Ruffs & Rituals, you’ll draw inspiration from the portraits in the Charterhouse’s historic Great Chamber and create poems which explore clothing’s potential to empower and separate us. Bristol’s City Poet Caleb Parkin will help you find the connection between – eg –  your favourite hoodie and the fancy cravat of George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham (1628 – 1687). You’ll ask yourself: how does a 21st century rebel dress? Who’s going to fix 2021, and what will they be wearing?

In the second session, you’ll think about morning rituals, formality and the very-particular ways we all do things. You’ll bring them to life in your writing, as well as uncover the rituals – past, present and future – of the Charterhouse itself.

The Charterhosue welcomes participants between the ages of 18-30 with or without previous writing experience. All are welcome, and those not currently based in London are very free to join too.

Session 1: 5.30 – 7.30pm, Thursday 21 January 2021 – on Zoom

Session 2: 5.30 – 7.30pm, Monday 25 January 2021 – on Zoom

Caleb Parkin is a poet, facilitator and Bristol City Poet. He tutors for The Poetry Society, Poetry School and First Story, holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. Poems in The Rialto, Poetry Review, Butcher’s Dog, Coast to Coast to Coast, Strix, Magma, elsewhere. His debut pamphlet and collection are forthcoming in 2021. Tweet: @CalebParkin, Website: www.couldbethemoon.co.uk