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20: Spoken word poetry: The power of language

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in englischer Sprache

Spoken word takes poetry out of the dusty cupboard and puts it in front of a live audience. The results are surprising, energetic and unexpected. In this series of workshops, you will write your own spoken word poem, perform your poem and create a short film of your poem on your smartphone. We will celebrate your life, your creative journey and your experiences of Alpbach.
Spoken word poetry uses the natural language of conversation and is ideal for those who wish to find more creative ways of using spoken English combined with expressive non-verbal communication. Spoken word poetry is now a global phenomenon and poems are shared via YouTube and social media with millions of people all around the world. In this seminar, you will begin to understand the appeal and the range of this developing art form. You will learn how to write ‘from the heart’ and to speak your truth with confidence and conviction.
The workshops will be run by Lucy English, Reader in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Lucy is a spoken word poet and has twenty years’ experience of writing and performing poetry. She will be assisted by three of her students from the Master of Research in Transnational Writing, all whom are active members of the Bristol spoken word scene, and organisers of spoken word nights.

Reader in Creative Writing, Bath Spa University, Bath Chair


Reader in Creative Writing, Bath Spa University, Bath

 Lucy English is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University where she is Head of the Creative Writing Research Centre. She is a spoken word poet and novelist. She is a Co-director, with Sarah Tremlett, of Liberated Words, a CIC company, which creates, curates and screens poetry films. Lucy is currently creating a digital project, The Book of Hours, a reimagining of a medieval book of hours in poetry film format. Films from this project have been screened at many international poetry film festivals including Visible Verse, Canada; Weimar, Germany; Lisbon, Portugal; Poole Lighthouse and Newlyn in the UK.She is researching the placement of spoken word in poetry films. Her second collection of poetry will be published by Burning Eye Press in Oct 2018.

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 16:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
16:15 - 16:30The Last Days of Mankind – OpeningPlenary
17:00 - 19:00Presentation of the seminarsPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Bread and WineSocial


Seminar 01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: Physics meets economics – climate science and policySeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on societySeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: The unknown world of microbiomes: from the environment to humansSeminar
Seminar 11: European Security – Moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience to environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars – Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: Ethics in Action: Economics and Sustainable DevelopmentSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological controlSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: Warrior of the Heart – DojoSeminar
Seminar 20: Spoken word poetry: The power of languageSeminar
Seminar 21: Why is it called a play?Seminar
Seminar 22: European Citizenship – Attitudes and Skills for a Democratic Youth CultureSeminar


17:00 - 18:00Online Disinformation: A guest lecture on journalismPlenary


16:00 - 19:00FAN ReceptionSocial
17:00 - 19:00ReceptionSocial