Poetry Séance: Adèle Barclay

Poetry Séance: Adèle Barclay
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 3:00 pm

Open Space is thrilled to have poet Adèle Barclay join us to facilitate a Poetry Séance Workshop, as part of a weekend celebration of emerging writing. Poetry Séance is a hands on writing workshop that engages writing in a collective, magic, setting. Participants are invited to connect to ritual, spells, and experimentation in this workshop.
The workshop is by donation, all are welcome.


"For this workshop we are looking at some communal, creative, literary magic for folks of all interests and levels. This workshop is a playful, open invitation to anyone interested in writing in a setting that focuses on generative energy, experimentation, and sharing. I truly believe in the innovative potential of impromptu writing and group discussions.


For this workshop we will work through a couple of on-the-spot writing exercises and prompts to jolt us out of our habits and to explore new directions. We'll connect over what inspires and frustrates us in the process.


Please bring paper, writing utensils, poems and sections of prose by authors who excite you, and beloved objects for a communal altar."


More about the workshop in this interview with Adèle Barclay: http://www.sadmag.ca/blog/2016/10/7/sad-seance-a-writing-workshop


Adèle Barclay


Adèle Barclay’s writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Puritan, PRISM, The Literary Review of Canada, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lit POP Award for Poetry and the 2016 WalrusReaders’ Choice Award for Poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, (Nightwood, 2016) won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She is an editor for Rahila's Ghost Press, a poetry ambassador for Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Rachel Rose, and the 2017 Critic-in-Residence for Canadian Women In Literary Arts. She teaches at UBC.




Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Lekwungen and Coast Salish peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.


Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 15 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal.