Following on from the first NOT HOME workshops, David Dykes and Lyrici Arts are continuing their partnership in 2022 to bring a further set of community workshops exploring collaborative poetry and “home” in 2020s Britain.

Project Details

The NOT HOME workshops will run online monthly from February to August 2022. Although writing is the primary medium, artists of all types and abilities are encouraged to take part. Participants in the first NOT HOME workshop created poetry from small lines of poetry and prose which built up into a longer, multi-voiced poem. This method of creation will be used again but over the series we will explore other methods and ideas of creating collaborative art.

The themes of the workshops revolve, naturally, around home, but participants will explore many facets of this idea: place, identity, memory, hope, trust, community and isolation among others. David and Lyrici Arts hope that through these workshops—aside from what art participants create—there is also a greater understanding of the importance of home.

Participants are encouraged to continue working outside of the workshops and feedback for this will be available throughout the process.

After the final NOT HOME workshop the work created by participants will combine to create a closing poetry piece. What this entails specifically will depend on the course of the workshops but it may be a printed collection of poems, a public installation or one singular unifying poem.

Keep an eye out on our social media or subscribe to our mailing list to hear more about the NOT HOME project. Event dates and booking will be released in early January 2022.


Associate Poetry Producer: David Dykes

David Dykes is a practicing poet and spoken word artist. He has been living in Medway and performing across Kent and the UK since 2016. He has published two chapbooks with his first collection forthcoming.

David, with his partner, has been producing spoken word nights in Medway with their night Big Trouble and believes in supporting a wide range of poets and poetry styles and giving artists the space to develop their individual practice.


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