Mark Gonzales: Poetry Masterclass and Performance Series

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18/02/2012 - 10:00 - 19/02/2012 - 21:30
London and Birminghan
Muslim Writers Awards w/ support of The Cordoba Foundation in association with The Institute of English Studies (Uni. of London) and Soul City Arts

Mark Gonzales UK Tour


Mark Gonzales: Poetry Masterclass and Performance Series

Join us in London and Birmingham for a two-city poetry masterclass and performance series with HBO Def Jam poet Mark Gonzales.

We’re pleased to announce that we’re hosting HBO Def Jam poet and Stanford University lecturer Professor Mark Gonzales’ UK Debut in February. This follows an ongoing demand by our members for workshops to help develop poetry writing and performance.

On these one-day workshops - scheduled for London and Birmingham and aimed at very small groups of up to 20 per workshop - Mark will be working with participants to develop their own style of writing, and helping them to realise this use of creative language in defence of, and affirmation of humanity.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from a world renowned master in a setting that promises both intimacy and intensity and is an absolute must if you want to further develop your art.

'An Evening with Mark Gonzales'
Both workshops will be followed by the opportunity to meet the man through a special performance in the evening where the maestro shares his thoughts, philosophies and thought-provoking performances to UK audiences for the first time ever.


LONDON | Saturday 18th February 2012

Masterclass - Wage Beauty: Creative language as defense, affirmation and innovation of humanity
Time:   10am - 4pm
Venue: Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU
Price:   £25 | Click here to book.
The masterclass is held in association with the Institute of English Studies, University of London.

An Evening with Mark Gonzales (Performance)
Time:   7:00pm - 9:30pm
Venue: D'GAF, 11 Leytonstone Road, Stratford, E15 1JA
Price:   £10 | Click here to book.

BIRMINGHAM | Sunday 19th February 2012

Masterclass - Wage Beauty: Creative language as defense, affirmation and innovation of humanity
Time:   11am - 5pm
Venue: The Hubb, 9a Stoney Lane, Balsall Heath, B12 8DL
Price:   £25 | Click here to book.

An Evening with Mark Gonzales (Performance)
Time:   7:00pm - 9:30pm
Venue: The Hubb, 9a Stoney Lane, Balsall Heath, B12 8DL
Price:   £10 | Click here to book.
The Birmingham tour is organised in association with Soul City Arts. 

  Tickets for the masterclasses and performances are limited by venue capacity.

Masterclass programme

Timings are correct for London. Birmingham session will begin one hour later.

9:30                      Registration and tea

10:00 - 13:00      Session 1: Wage Beauty | Development of Page | Crafting Creative Language

Creative language has the simultaneous ability to invoke memory and vision, transforming both the reader and the speaker. In this workshop, participants will examine the essential writing foundations behind the reasons why we write, the relationship between the author and the stories they tell, and the responsibilities that come with the aforementioned. All participants will be supported in crafting individual narratives in a collective setting through a range of topics that span identity, trauma, resiliency, and imagination.

13:00 - 13:45        Lunch and dhohar prayer

13:45 - 16:00        Session 2: Wage Beauty | Development of Stage | Turning Literature into Performance

The ability to communicate ideas on paper into life before an audience is a craft. This session will engage the participants in developing the skills necessary that are critical to captivating an audience in a creative, engaging, and meaningful way. Participants may bring a poem already in process but in need of polishing, or use a piece of work crafted from the earlier day session.

About Mark Gonzales
Internationally renowned spoken word artist and educator Mark Gonzales makes his UK debut on this two-city poetry development masterclass and performance series.

Described as ‘Khalil Gibran meets Pablo Neruda,’ Mark is a HBO Def Jam poet who has shared his writing on stage around the world, including the first TEDxRamallah talks held in Palestine, which led him to trend worldwide on Twitter. As a community builder he was an invited speaker at the United Nations tribunal on Social Exclusion. He is currently a Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence at the Institute of Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

Mark’s work breaks borders to wage beauty across continents of language and culture, which has earned him respect for his creative approaches to suicide prevention, human rights and human development.

Joining us from his Middle East tour Mark will deliver two intensive masterclasses to a small group of writers, focussing on exploring poetry as a means to human development.

For his first time in the UK Mark will also be taking the stage to share his own poetry at some of the country’s most distinctive venues which focus on edutainment.


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