Men Reading Womxn
A Writing Series at Pages Cheshire Street
This six-week writing series for men wanting to read and engage with the work of womxn, led by poet Rachel Long, explores contemporary womxn writers across genre and form including essay, short story, memoir, reportage and poetry.
Deepen your understanding of the art of writing through luminaries such as Audre Lorde, Lorrie Moore, Maggie Nelson, Jay Bernard and Anne Carson.
This course is thematically linked to the exciting events calendar at Pages Cheshire Street.
Participation is by application only (guidance below) and is open to all those who identify as men/male/he/him.
Week 1: ‘On Silence’: Democracy & Freedom. Reading and writing in response to the essays of Audre Lorde.
Corresponding event: Democracy May Not Exist But We'll Miss It When It's Gone
Week 2: The Short Story. Reading and writing in response to the work of Lorrie Moore and Lydia Davis.
Corresponding event: Daisy Johnson and Julia Armfield
Week 3: Memoir & Reportage. Reading and writing in response to the work of Maggie Nelson, Samantha Irby and Anne Carson.
Corresponding event: Season Butler and Joanna Pocock
Week 4: Poetry of the Self: Reading and writing in response to the work Marie Howe, Selima Hill and Jay Bernard.
Corresponding event: Smashing It: Sabrina Mahfouz with Salena Godden
Week 5: Sculpt & Tone; Craft Week: Exploring techniques which will hone and shape your work.
Week 6: The Showcase: A celebratory sharing of your work over the course live at the bookshop.
This series takes place from 7pm – 9pm on the following dates:
Tuesday 8th October
Tuesday 22nd October
Tuesday 5th November
Tuesday 19th November
Tuesday 3rd December
Tuesday 10th December
Recommended for participants aged 18+.
Please bring a notebook and something to write with. A willingness to learn with and from other participants with varied levels of experience is essential.
£90 for the six-week series.
As men earn, on average, 17.9% more than womxn in the UK, there is also an option to pay £106.11.
As part of Pages commitment to access, equality and diversity we are offering three free bursary places on this series. We particularly welcome applications from Black men, men of colour, and men from working-class backgrounds who are not able to comfortably meet the cost of the course.
To apply for a bursary place, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org briefly outlining your interest in the programme and how it would benefit you (200 words).
Send a short personal statement (200 words) and a sample of your work to email@example.com. Your work sample may be EITHER three poems OR a short story OR extract of 1500 words.
The deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday 24th September.
We ask that participants make sure they are available for all six sessions of the series.
Pages Cheshire Street
5 Cheshire Street
About Rachel Long
Rachel Long is a poet & the founder of Octavia - Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, housed at the Southbank Centre, London. She is co-translator of O Martelo/The Hammer by Brazilian poet & activist, Adelaide Ivanova. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme & Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire.