The Technique of Place
“Carried off we might be in spirit, and should be, when we are reading or writing something good; but it is the sense of place going with us still that is the ball of golden thread to carry us there and back and in every sense of the word to bring us home.” – Eudora Welty
What is place? And where is it? And is it even a single thing? And how best can a sense of place be recreated on the page?
Few things are as important to the cohesion of a piece of writing, to its power, and to its lyricism as is place. ‘Place’ is at once one of the most easily understood aspects of craft, and also one of the most philosophical and complicated. In this series of workshops writers will be challenged with exciting new ideas of how to approach, expand and complicate ‘place’ in their writing. This is a cross-genre workshop, suitable to fiction writers, non-fiction writers and poets, and especially to those who write across genres.
Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer and a broadcaster. His 2014 collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion won the Forward Prize for Best Collection. In April 2017 he won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for his novel Augustown. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature.
His poetry has also been shortlisted for awards such as the Jonathan Llewelyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year. His fiction has won the Una Marson Prize and has been shortlisted for the Phyllis Wheatley Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Formerly an International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa, a Visiting Writer at York University in Canada, a Reader at the University of Glasgow (until 2014), and a lecturer at Royal Holloway, he is currently a Professor of English & Creative Writing at the University of Exeter. In 2018 he was a Judge of the Gordon Burn Prize.