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.
See Contact for details.
“Chapman has unravelled the skeins of rumour, exaggeration and anecdote that have been wound so tightly around Barrett… the best book yet about him.”
Sean O’Hagan, The Observer
My Syd Barrett biography, Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head was published in the USA on October 26th 2010 by Da Capo Press. It has a very groovy Mick Rock cover as you can see.
It is also now available as an English language Audio Book - published by Blackstone Audio Books. (ISBN: 144176397X).
Recently a guy called Ryan Muldoon interviewed me for his blog. He didn't ask the usual questions about Syd going mad, so he got a really enthusiastic response from me.
Read the whole Q & A here.
I can also be seen blabbing about Syd here.
I am always happy to come and talk about my Syd Barrett biography Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head anytime anyplace anywhere. I also run an experimental writing workshop called Stream of Conscious Mess, details on the left.
I thought the internet was looking a bit sparse and lacking in traffic. Writers in particular seem a bit under-represented, so welcome to my Website. I am a novelist, biographer, and occasional music journalist. Here you will find news about me and my scribbler life and some other stuff too.