The Reading Room at The NewBridge Project asks artists, researchers and creative practitioners to create a workshops inspired by its collection of books from Pluto Press and Left Book Club. For this session, Kasra will be hosting an online creative writing workshop taking inspiration from Pluto Press’ book Radical Intimacy by Sophie K. Rosa.
How would you write a letter that will never be read? An online creative writing workshop exploring the art of writing a letter to a historical figure; a person you may have deep affection for, or even a crush, Kasra will guide you, with inspiration from their own creative practice, through a series of writing exercises that will help unlock new creative journeys.
The outcome of this workshop will be take the form of a letter combining your own autobiographical details with historical research and fictional speculation. The use of imagery and other visual aids are welcome and encouraged.
Bring with you the name and, if you can, the image of a historical figure who you feel a connection to on a personal level. This could be someone with no to little historical documentation. Think about how you relate to them in terms of intersectional identities: gender, sexuality, race, class, culture, disability, religion, etc.
Kasra Jalilipour is an Iranian multidisciplinary artist, writer and educator based in the UK. Their creative writing practice is concerned with speculation and re-imagining of histories through a queer lens, with a particular interest in the erotic. Their writing has appeared in publications such as Montez Press, Sticky Fingers Publishing, The Bittersweet Review, gal-dem and more.
N.B. This is an online event. A Zoom link will be emailed to ticket holders the day before the event.