Remix the Poet: What song offers poetry
A Poetry and Music workshop with Hymas & Lewis
Saturday 14 November, 10-4pm
The Olive Room, Gregson Centre, Lancaster, LA1 3PY
Turn a poem into a song and back into a poem. Edit with your ears and see how the process impacts your imagining of its potential. In this playful, exploratory workshop we will be using the song form to transform the way you think about writing.
Using a variety of activities, writing and thinking time, discussions, silence and time outdoors, poet Sarah Hymas & musician Steve Lewis will share their practice as collaborators and turn the volume up on your own processes.
We have found that setting poetry to music encourages the light in. Once the words are sung, resonances spark, new phrases are found, and different ways of speaking them emerge. The poem matures. This workshop will offer you alternative ways of editing and give you a fresh confidence in your writing and how you share it.
Previous Hymas&Lewis Collaborations
We’ve performed around the North West, including at the Manchester Museum, Lost Voice, Liverpool, Manchester Green Room, Preston Harris Museum. More information on our past can be found here
I have produced poetry readings, poetry tours, multimedia exhibits and small literature festivals.
In 2012 and 2013 I produced, marketed and managed two tours for Arc Publications.
In 2012 the tour comprised seven international poets (from Iceland, Turkey, Burma, Punjab, Armenia and Brazil) visiting 29 venues for readings, discussions and workshops on translation.
In 2013 the tour took 12 poets (four from the UK, others from Sri Lanka, Serbia, Germany, New Zealand, Armenia and Catalonia) and two translators around 34 venues giving readings, workshops and discussions.
For over twenty years I’ve worked in publishing, produced events and tours, on writing commissions and running workshops in a variety of environments, such as prisons, community centres, day-care centres, hospices, schools and universities.
I wrote call and response poems with Jo Brandon for Like Starlings, an online collaborative project that was enormous fun.
I was poet in residence for Calderdale Libraries, finding ways to encourage people to read more poetry. I organised events, ran reading groups, seminars and was involved in making a large book with two artists, John Lyons and Hafsah Naib, to display in the libaries to celebrate the joy of reading
met in 2004 and have been mucking about, performing and cooking up eerie and immersive soundscapes, ever since. We’ve given performances around the North West, including at the Manchester Museum, Lost Voice, Liverpool, Manchester’s Green Room, Preston Harris Museum and The Barbara Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield , and at Literature festival including StAnza, Ilkley and Lancaster.
A Sunder A Hymas&Lewis track, recorded at The Green Room, Manchester
What’s a choice to do nothing? A Hymas&Lewis track, recorded at Lost Voices, Liverpool. Audio only