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Literary Psychogeographies at Play

9 October 2016

Time 13:00 - 16:00

Duration 3 hours

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3

This event will begin indoors with a short description and history of literary psychogeography, taking in figures such as Iain Sinclair, Peter Ackroyd, Thomas DeQuincey, Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, William Blake,The LRM Arthur Machen, Edgar Allen Poe, Daniel Defoe, Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, Alan Moore and J G Ballard.

You will then head off to explore the transformative power of the imagination to make the mundane magical, applying techniques described in order to disrupt and reinvent the city of your imagination.  Reading the streets like an obfuscated text, you will discover signs and portents, ghosts hidden in plain sight and in doing so, reinvent the city in a new poetic vision.  Out of cracks in the pavement and from scrawlings on the walls come clues to a puzzle of our own making.  With our sense of reality disrupted, echoes of past, future and the fantastical provide a novel understanding of the city and our place in it.

The event will finish up back at PHM with a discussion of the outcomes of the dérive(s).

Part of the Loitering With Intent events programme.Arts Council England

Suitable for adults and young people

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