Writing the Now

A walking / writing / looking / listening workshop with StreetLife Writer in Residence J. R. Carpenter
Saturday 18th June 2022, 2:00pm - 4:00pm 29-31 Coney Street
A black and white photo of a woman's legs walking down a pavement.


As Writer in Residence for the StreetLife project, J. R. Carpenter has been researching the history of Coney Street as it is happening right now, and now, and now, exploring an ongoing ever-present present unfolding minute by minute.

How do we reside in this relentless present? In this workshop we will explore the immediacy of place, the commonplace, repetition, paroxysms of the quotidian. We will walk slowly, noting fleeting sights, sounds, smells, sunny spells, and snippets of overheard conversation. Everything is of interest. Nothing is too ordinary.

This process-oriented workshop will provide participants with strategies for paying attention, noticing stuff we haven't noticed before, generating new writing out of seemingly nothing. Please bring a notebook, or other means for writing whilst walking.


J. R. Carpenter is an artist, writer, researcher, performer and maker of maps, zines, books, poems, fiction, non-fiction, non-linear hypermedia narratives, and computer-generated texts.

The Gathering Cloud won the New Media Writing Prize 2016. An Ocean of Static was highly commended by the Forward Prizes 2018. This is a Picture of Wind was one of The Guardian’s best poetry books of 2020.

Booking information

This workshop is free to attend, but requires booking.


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