Free creative writing workshops drawing on the traditions and innovations of seaside literature take place this month in Folkestone.

The Writing from the Edge of Land and Sea workshops are being run by tutors from Canterbury Christ Church University’s Creative Writing courses as part of this year’s Being Human Festival of the Humanities, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

The two interactive workshops will look at how writers use the ever-changing and unsteadying elements of coastal landscapes within their writing techniques.

A walkshop on the morning of Saturday, 12 November, along the Folkestone harbour arm will explore how Modernist walking-writers such as Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse) and James Joyce (Ulysses) used coastal spaces. During the walk participants will hear readings and also be able to delve into the technique of stream-of-consciousness to capture thinking on the page and to map thoughts as they walk between land and sea.

The second workshop takes place later in the afternoon, in Folkestone Museum. It will draw on traditions and innovations in seaside literature and reflect on the museum collection. Participants will explore how to write about coastal spaces, experimenting with writing the uncanny and encounters with the non-human, as well as experiment with cut-up and collage forms.

To find out more about Writing from the Edge of Land and Sea, visit the Being Human website: Spaces are limited so advance booking is essential.


Notes to editors

  • Being Human is a celebration of humanities, demonstrating the value and relevance of humanities research to society in the UK and globally. Every year the festival helps researchers in the humanities – from literature and history, languages and philosophy, art history and classics, and more – produce enjoyable events for local communities to share ideas for mutual benefit.

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