Sat, 22 Aug | Zoom

Overhear Presents: Statues, a Full Day Workshop

An online workshop with Adrian B Earle and Kibriya Mehrban responding to the statues of Birmingham. Explore their histories, question their meanings and begin writing a piece to record and pin to a Birmingham statue using Overhear. Resources, inspiration and feedback provided over a drop-in Zoom.
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Overhear Presents: Statues, a Full Day Workshop

Time & Location

22 Aug 2020, 10:00 – 16:00

About the Event

Our city is littered with commemorations and decorations celebrating histories many of us rarely think about, but what do the plaques leave unsaid?

Join Adrian B Earle and Kibriya Mehrban for a writing workshop exploring the statues of Birmingham. We'll be providing inspiration and feedback to help you to write a piece to be recorded and digitally pinned to a location of your choice for users of the Overhear app to hunt down and collect.

A drop-in Zoom call will be open from 10am-4pm, with a loose schedule of exercises, discussion and free writing, where we'll be working with the help of a comprehensive PDF pulled together by Adrian [Research Pack Taster]

Adrian and Kibriya will be guiding participants through excercises, flexing our research poetic muscles, discussing and writing together with the aim of creating pieces that are ready to be recorded and uploaded to an Overhear map. Participants will have the option to take a week post-workshop to develop and edit their pieces before recording and submitting as many recorded poems as they like to rewrite the narrative map of our public art, memorials and historical monuments. The audio recordings will be polished and produced by Adrian and Tom, then Pinned to the Overhear Map for our hundreds of Users to discover!

Read more about what to expect in our blog post here.

We ask that you download the Overhear app (available on Apple and Android devices) and sign-up for a free account before you  register for this workshop, to help us keep track of participants using the app to upload their work.


Q: Will we be on Zoom the whole day?

A: The workshop runs from 10-4 but we will not be on Zoom for all of that time! We’ll have a couple exercises we work through together and time to talk about the prompts but there’ll also be chunks of time where you can leave the call to write or drop in to have a chat/gather some inspiration.

Q: Are we uploading our writing to Overhear during the workshop?

A: We’re really excited that this is a pin-your-poem workshop, meaning we’re writing with the aim of publishing recordings of your writing to a special map on the Overhear map. To make sure you’re happy with what you’re putting out, we’re giving everybody a week post-workshop to edit and perfect. When you’re ready, just email us a recording of you reading the piece along with the place you want it pinned and leave the rest to us.

Q: Do I have to know about Birmingham’s Statues to join this workshop?

A: Absolutely not! One of the most interesting things about statues is how they fade into the background for people living and working in the city. We spent some time researching and putting together a handy info-pack [Research Pack Taster] on a whole host of statues in Birmingham so you’ll have plenty to work from, and you can always spend some of the writing time doing some of your own research. If you already have an idea of the kind of thing you want to write when you come into the workshop, that’s great too!

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