Five Bodies / Critical Poetics Workshops

A collaboration between the Critical Poetics Research Group at Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Contemporary, featuring international guest speakers, this series of workshops provides a new platform for debate, collaboration and innovation suitable for those interested in exploring the relationship between creative and critical theory and practice.

The workshops will encourage deep thinking about pressing contemporary concerns and will involve reading and discussion as well as writing.

Nisha Ramayya, ‘On Listening’ – Wed 11 Nov, 5.30pm–7.30pm

James Goodwin, ‘On Lysis’ – Wed 9 Dec, 5.30pm–7.30pm

Johanna Hedva, ‘On Doom’ – Wed 10 Feb 2021, 5.30-7.30pm

Simone White, (title tbc) – Wed 10 Mar 2021, 5.30-7.30pm

J R Carpenter, ‘On Verticality’ – Wed 14 Apr 2021, 5.30-7.30pm

Maureen N. McLane, ‘On the Notational’ – Wed 12 May 2021, 5.30-7.30pm

All workshop sessions will take place online, and places are limited. To sign up please submit an expression of interest (200 words), a visual statement or short oral presentation to Jack Thacker [] by 5 November 2020. We welcome applications from across disciplinary fields, from beyond the academy, and from all nationalities, as well as from under-represented groups, including trans and queer people, people of colour, and those with functional diversity.

We encourage active engagement in the sessions and preference will be given to applicants who are able to commit participation to the full programme. Selected reading materials will be provided to workshop participants.

Organised in collaboration with Nottingham Contemporary, this workshop programme is accompanied by the Five Bodies poetry series, a programme of public readings which brings together some of the most outstanding British and international poets to share unexpected ideas, experimental drifts and multiple voices following a long-standing tradition in poetry writing that melds perceiving, sensing, feeling and knowing as knowledge-making practices. For more information please visit: