Creating a ground-breaking body of work that will demonstrate practice as research.
‘Verbatim poetry takes it form, originally, from the techniques of verbatim theatre, which, as Derek Paget identifies, ‘employs (largely or exclusively) tape-recorded material from the “real-life” originals’ of its characters and events.’ (Paget, 1987, p.317)
Initiated in October 2013, this part-research, part-creative project is one that explores the technique of verbatim in poetry in order to create a ground-breaking body of work that will demonstrate practice as research.
Through its academic study and creative practice, In Verbatim’s three main objectives are:
To take the technique of verbatim, as used in earlier theatre practice, and apply it to the genre of poetry.
Exploring the Event
To explore a historical event of significant social, cultural and political importance (in this case the riots in England during 2011), through a contemporary and innovative medium.
To give a voice to the individuals and communities involved in or affected by this event who have, for one reason or another, been under-represented in media reportage and coverage of the 2011 riots.
By drawing upon earlier forms of verbatim theatre and contemporary poetry, it will also ask questions surrounding sourcing material, authorship and ethics of practice.
It is hoped that this research project will result in an original collection of work (including print, digital and performance literature) that will engage both under-represented and unconventional audiences with poetry and literature.
As a result, this study will transform individual testimonies, based on the 2011 riots across England, to create a new form of poetry that is both more accessible to and representative of its communities.
Do you have experience of the 2011 riots across England?
Would you like to be involved in the creation of this poetry collection?
Are you be happy to be a part of our community focus groups and share your story (in confidence)?
Register your interest by emailing your name, location and just a few sentences on your experiences of this event today.