Something Borrowed, Something New with Christodoulos Makris
Starts Thurs 5 Mar 2020
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost: €240/€220 members
This is a course encouraging innovative approaches to writing: responding directly to our contemporary content-sharing culture, it will explore in practical terms ways in which this is altering all forms of literature.
As a direct consequence of the superabundance of readily accessible text and other documentation, the nature of literary composition is undergoing radical transformation, with the contemporary writer increasingly relying on their reading, selection and manipulation skills.
Participants on this course - which is nominally geared towards the advanced, but is suitable for inquisitive writers of all levels of experience - will explore approaches that make use of pre-existing material with an application to poetry, fiction and nonfiction.
Issues relating to copyright and attribution will be addressed. Focusing on techniques such as sampling, montage, remixing, reframing, rewriting, ekphrasis and transcription, the course will encourage both the making of new work and the enhancement of existing drafts.
Described by Harry Clifton in The Irish Times as “a straw in the wind, a forerunner, in Irish poetry and Irish poetry publishing,” Christodoulos Makris has published several books, pamphlets, artists’ books and other poetry objects, and he is the poetry editor at gorse journal.
Christodoulos Makris is “one of Ireland’s leading contemporary explorers of experimental poetics” (The RTÉ Poetry Programme). He has published three books of poetry, most recently this is no longer entertainment (Manchester: Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019), as well as several pamphlets, artists’ books and other poetry objects.
His second book The Architecture of Chance (Dublin: Wurm Press, 2015) was a poetry book of the year for RTÉ Arena and 3:AM Magazine. One of Poetry Ireland’s ‘Rising Generation’ poets, he has presented his work widely across media and borders, and received awards and commissions from several institutions including the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), StAnza Festival (Scotland), European Poetry Festival, Culture Ireland, and Maynooth University.
He is the poetry editor at gorse journal and associated imprint Gorse Editions. “In work that is at times radically experimental, and always alert to the capacity of language to remake the world, Christodoulos Makris seeks ways to break open the lyric space of the poem to alter the ways in which language operates in the public realm” (Lucy Collins, Irish University Review).