Stream of Conscious Mess

Experimental Writing Workshop

“I only know that to express this drama I sail very well among fragments, chance finds, the sudden recollection of books, lives, texts, or simply individual sentences that gradually enlarge the dimensions of the labyrinth without a centre”
Bartleby and Co. Enrique Vila-Matas

Writing is about finding yourself and self-expression, yeah? Well it can be. But there are other routes and other options. Utilising a wide range of techniques drawn from modern art and avant-garde literature, (eg found-objects, cut-ups) the aim of the workshop is to apply these oblique strategies to the creative process. Participants can explore these techniques in whichever way they see fit. Some use the workshop purely for fun and diversion, others use it as a way of kick starting the narrative process, others still use it purely in terms of problem solving, addressing writers block, plot issues, etc. The workshop is very flexible, and can last from two hours to an entire day, depending on the requirements of the group. It has run very successfully at major events including the Huddersfield Literature Festival and Liverpool Chapter and Verse Festival, and various creative writing groups in colleges and universities.

Do get in touch if you would like me to bring my stream of conscious mess to your event.
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My new book on Psychedelia will be published by Faber and Faber in the UK and USA on September 2nd. See further details here.


To publicise and promote the book I will be babbling under supervised conditions at the following events this summer.

  • September 13th. Sunday Book Social. Rough Trade. Nottingham.
  • September 16th. Waterstones. Manchester
  • September 18th. Todmorden Library
  • September 20th. Good Life Experience Festival. Hawarden Estate. Flintshire. *
  • September 25th-26th. Liverpool Psych Fest
  • October 14th.. English and Creative Writing Department. University of Lancaster (please note this is a public event)
  • October 29th.. The Book Case. Hebden Bridge.

'A fantastic, exhaustive history of the genre: comphrehensive but gripping, packed with eye-opening period detail and with a brilliant analysis of everything from Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to the oeuvre of the Crocheted Doughnut Ring'
Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

'An exhaustive, idiosyncratic and very entertaining reappraisal of an often lazily documented period'
Jim Irvin, Mojo

''s not so much that Rob Chapman's book brings new insights to the table (though it does that too): it's more that it constitutes a whole other table in its own right'
Oregano Rathbone, Record Collector

'As an account of psychedelia's glorious highs and preposterous charms, Chapman's exhaustive exploration of this Arcadian age will take its rightful place as the standard text'
Rob Young, The New Statesman

Chapman has little to say that's startlingly new. More discography than discourse.
Allan Jones, Uncut


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