Writing Workshop: Championing Trauma

11 Nov 2017

Event times

12 - 3pm

Cost of entry

£30 / Members £22.50

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The Hepworth Wakefield

England, United Kingdom

Travel Information

  • FREE CITY BUS The gallery is on the FreeCityBus route operated Monday – Saturday between 9.30am and 3pm.
  • The gallery is 0.3 miles from Wakefield Kirkgate train station (approximately 8 minutes walk) and 1 mile from Westgate train station (approximately 20 minutes walk).
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Taking inspiration from our Alina Szopocznikow exhibition, explore the therapeutic potential of writing and translate emotions into verse.


Led by prominent poet Matt Abbott, this workshop takes inspiration from Alina Szapocznikow’s sculpture to explore the therapeutic potentials of writing.

Using basic literary devices, you will write about both shared and personal traumatic experiences,translating emotion into verse form. The workshop will focus specifically on place and memory, and aims to provide an outlet and platform, and encouraging participants to explore poetry as a way of challenging grief. You will be welcome to share your work or keep your writing private.

No previous writing experience is necessary.


Half of the allocated places are offered to Members at the discounted rate of 25% off, sold on a first come, first served basis. Become a Member

Book your place online or if you have any questions or special requirements then don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing or calling 01924 247398.

Wakefield-born Matt Abbott is a rising star on the UK's flourishing spoken word scene. Having received 5* reviews for his 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show Matt Abbott is Skint & Demoralised, he returns to the festival this summer with a full run of Two Little Ducks at Underbelly Cowgate. He fuses socio-political commentary with kitchen sink realism, and presents his work in a uniquely engaging and accessible manner.

After touring the UK with acts including Paul Weller, Sleaford Mods, Ken Loach and Sara Pascoe last year, and also starring in Nationwide Building Society's national TV ad campaign, Matt Abbott is well on his way to establishing himself amongst the leading generation of contemporary poets. In 2013 he co-founded A Firm Of Poets, and in 2015 he formed spoken word record label Nymphs & Thugs.

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