The Gap in the Sky – A Masterclass with Writer in Residence Rebecca Farmer

February 13, 2016

The Gap in the Sky – A Masterclass with Writer in Residence Rebecca Farmer

13th February – 13th February 2016

When the Norfolk fisherman and artist John Craske died, a huge embroidered panorama of the evacuation of Dunkirk was left unfinished: there is a gap in the sky. Award-winning poet Rebecca Farmer will lead a workshop that focuses on the ‘gaps in the sky’ that exist for all writers. Small starts lead to big subjects: let Rebecca guide you through the subjects that you may always have wanted to write about but which may only remain as the trace of a memory, a fragment of a notebook, a saved postcard or an image taken from a magazine. Participants should bring in recent fragments or pieces that have been left unfinished.


Rebecca Farmer’s pamphlet, ‘Not Really’ was a winner in the 2013/14 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition judged by Carol Ann Duffy. Rebecca was born in Birmingham and her parents both came from Dublin. She read Drama at Manchester University and has an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths. Her poems have appeared in various magazines including The London Magazine, The North, Poetry Review, The Rialto, Smiths Knoll, Under The Radar and The Warwick Review. Rebecca is currently a PhD student at Goldsmiths and is researching the work of Louis MacNeice.

‘Here’s a world where Croydon becomes Venice, ghosts inhabit fridges and quotidian reality is both honoured and transformed. Her voice is arresting – heartfelt too.’

– Blake Morrison

‘Farmer aims to unsettle us so as to make us consider our own lives afresh, and she succeeds throughout her pamphlet. Read it if you dare!’

– Matthew Stewart, Rogue Strands

Tickets are priced at £35 for the day which includes lunch and tea / coffee.

To book your ticket, please call 01244 532350 or email [email protected].

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