In collaborative poetics, artists, academic researchers and community participants work together as a ‘research collective’ to produce creative, social-scientifically informed texts. The method harnesses the skills and knowledge of all of these groups to produce innovative, creative pieces which enrich our understanding of social issues and the lived experience of these issues, helping communicate this new knowledge in engaging, accessible ways.
Collaborative poetics has been used to build critical resilience within communities, advocate for social justice, enhance knowledge/skill sharing between fields, and provide an innovative teaching tool.
- The CP method was founded in a pilot study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s National Centre for Research Methods and the University of Brighton, in partnership with McGill University’s Participatory Cultures Lab.
- We have received funding from the University of Brighton for our inaugural non-ference the Carnival of Invention and for a writing retreat to develop CP resource packs
- Our current resource development work is funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation
Helen Johnson, University of Brighton
Isilda Almeida-Harvey, East Sussex County Council
Polly Blake, independent arts practitioner
Ali Brumfitt, independent arts practitioner, coach and consultant
Kerensa Bushell, University of Brighton
Jenny Fennessy, University of Brighton
Kate Fox, independent arts practitioner
Tom Hines, Audio Active
Jess Moriarty, University of Brighton
David Norbury, Group Change Consulting
Alexia Papamichail, independent
Jo Parker, Young Oasis
Carol Rivas, University College London
Katherine Wimpenny, Coventry University
Sandie Woods, London South Bank University