The Treasures of the Brotherton and Sensory Modernisms Research Group hosted a round table discussion, reading and participatory poetry workshop chaired by Richard Brown (School of English) and featuring contributions from poets Blake Morrison (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Helen Mort (Douglas Caster Fellow, University of Leeds).

Contemporary writers, artists and academics are frequently inspired by and involved in cultural collaborations within their own fields, across the arts and beyond. In conversation with Richard Brown (of the School of English) in the run up to the Yorkshire Festival, Blake Morrison (Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London) and Helen Mort (Douglas Caster Fellow at the University of Leeds) discussed their own work and collaborations with musicians in which they are currently involved. Blake is working on another collaboration with composer Gavin Bryars, this one a ‘sonic journey’ exploring the train journey from Goole to Hull. Helen has enjoyed a successful performance partnership with guitarist Samuel Moore.

Blake’s latest volume of poetry is Shingle Street (Chatto,  2015 ) and Helen’sDivision Street  (Chatto, 2103). Both are teachers of creative writing and so in addition to reading and introducing their own poems and discussing the role of collaboration in their work they will be hosting a collaborative writing workshop exercise for those attending inspired by the concept of “sonic collaboration” and developing from Helen’s workshop on “touch” at Sensory Modernisms (2) in Leeds December Friday 11 December, 2015.

Highlights of the event can be viewed below: a podcast of the entire event can be accessed at the bottom of this page.