The Shapes of Europe - Poetry Workshop with Antoine Cassar

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As part of our campaign ”My Community, My vote” Time for Equality has the pleasure to host a special poetry workshop with London-born Maltese poet, translator, and creative activist Antoine Cassar.

When: Saturday 23/03/2019 from 11:00 to 13:00.

Where: The Urban Office, 2,-4 Rue du Nord , L-2229 Luxembourg

Registration: The event is free of cost and open to all but prior registration is required. A maximum of 15 participants can be accomodated.

Languages: While the main language of the workshop will be English, multilingualism is encouraged.

About the workshop – The Shapes of Europe:

The Iberian bull, the Scandinavian moose, the Slovenian hen. The Italian high heel boot, the French toga or safety jacket. The Greek fingers playing ducks and drakes in the Aegean, skimming stones towards the Anatolian mare. The British witch on a broomstick, her back to the continent, attempting to fly west yet bumping into the Irish bear. And the Luxembourgish snowshoe, or crescent moon resting on a cloud. What is it that keeps the European jigsaw together?

In the first part of this workshop, we will look at a number of satirical maps of Europe, in conjunction with ‘cartographic’ poems by Aleph and Pessoa. In the second part, we will do a close collective reading of contemporary poems on the European condition, discuss possible angles, forms and images for poems of our own, and begin writing.

The workshop will be given in English, but you can write in whichever language(s) you wish. Feedback will then be given by e-mail or in a possible follow-up session. Poems can be published on the Time For Equality blog, in time for the European elections.

About Antoine Cassar:

Antoine Cassar (London, 1978) is a London-born Maltese poet, translator, and creative activist, currently based in Luxembourg.

Erbgħin Jum (Forty Days, EDE Books, 2017), a book-length poem on childhood trauma, depression, and walking as self-therapy, was awarded the Malta National Book Prize in 2018, and has been shortlisted for the 2020 Gdánsk European Poet of Freedom award. Passaport (2009), printed in the form of an anti-passport for all peoples has been published in eleven languages, and adapted for the stage in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Australia. Proceeds from the sale of the booklet are donated to grassroots associations supporting refugees in the community.

More information about the event on https://timeforequality.org/news/special-event-poetry-workshop-with-antoine-cassar-on-23-02/.

Learn more about our campaign ''My Community, My vote'' on https://timeforequality.org/news/time-for-equality-promotes-eu-citizens-engagement-in-the-2019-european-elections/.

More information on how to register to vote in the the 2019 European elections https://jepeuxvoter.public.lu/fr/s-inscrire.html.

Event photo: © Adolf Hoffmeister, Carte drôlatique de l’Europe pour 1932.

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