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March 5th, 2022 1:00 PM — March 5th, 2022 4:00 PM



March 5th, 2022 1:00 PM — March 5th, 2022 4:00 PM


This masterclass unpacks the research and writing methods Joelle Taylor used to write C+NTO & Othered Poems. Exploring poetic narrative, the praise poem, and LGBT hidden histories, this session will allow you to develop your own response to queer space and self.

Joelle's T.S. Eliot Prize winning collection C+NTO & Othered Poems blends history, magic, rebellion, party and sermon in order to relate the story of butch counterculture. C+nto is a love poem, a riot, a late night, and an honouring. Part-memoir, part-conjecture, Joelle's cantos explore sexuality and gender, uncovering queer communities forged underground.


Learning outcomes:

  • Explore poetic form in relation to narrative
  • Investigate queer histories
  • Discuss queer histories and their relationship to prevalent mainstream narratives
  • Develop original writing responding to queer identities
  • Share work and offer support and feedback


We welcome all writers. Please be prepared to share your work with others in this intimate environment.

Some famous poems that employ the canto style are Dante's Divine Comedy (with 100 cantos), Camões' Os Lusíadas (10 cantos), Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata (20 cantos), Byron's Don Juan (17 cantos, the last of which is unfinished) and Ezra Pound's The Cantos (116 cantos).


This Writers' Studio session is presented in association with Adelaide Writers Week and is supported by the UK/Australia Season Patrons, the British Council and the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season.


About Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and former slam champion. She is widely anthologised and the author of four full poetry collections and three plays. Her latest poetry collection C+NTO & Othered Poems was published in June 2021 by Westbourne Press and won the T.S. Eliot Prize. A BBC Radio 4 documentary ‘Butch’ featuring poems from C+NTO and presented by Joelle was broadcast in May 2020, and Joelle has recently been commissioned to develop C+NTO into a spoken word theatre show.

Joelle regularly performs across the UK and internationally, touring her work to Australia, Finland, Singapore, Spain, Estonia, Brazil and Portugal.

WSA Member $88 / Non-member $140

Venue: State Library of South Australia*


—All staff, speakers, and attendees of in-person events must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or hold a current medical exemption, in order to attend; and must comply with any precautionary measures Writers SA puts in place. We may request proof of your vaccination status or medical exemption upon entry. See our full policy here.

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. The Writers's Studio series is exempt from program credits (first draft and manuscript incubator). If you would like to use a cancellation credit to book in, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

*Venue is subject to change. This series may be taken online, participants will be contacted accordingly.

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