Open Eye Gallery: Inspiration, Process and Outcomes

Open Eye Gallery: Inspiration, Process and Outcomes
Open Eye Gallery: Inspiration, Process and Outcomes

Venue: Open Eye Gallery
Dates: 25/02/2017
Times: 18:00 - 20:00


Saturday 25 February / 6pm-8pm / Free / Booking Required

A poetry reading and workshop.

Poets Maria Isakova Bennett and Michael Brown will discuss the development of new work inspired by our exhibition, North: Identity, Photography, Fashion.

They will read their poetry created after viewing the exhibition, discuss their own processes of redrafting work, and run a workshop in which participants will produce their own writing (poetry, prose poetry, or prose) from guided prompts. The event will conclude with a short discussion of participants’ experiences of writing during the session, followed by a final reading by Maria and Michael.

The event is suitable for both beginners and more experienced writers, and for artists with an interest in collaboration between photography and text.

The event is free, however booking is required.Reserve your place at Open Eye Gallery, call +44 (0)151 236 6768 or email


Maria Isakova Bennett

Maria lives and works in Liverpool. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and postgraduate qualifications in Fine Art and Art History.

Maria has been widely published, wrote and performed The Ferry on the Mersey in partnership with the BBC, as their Merseyside poet for the 2016 National Poetry Day festival (, and has been shortlisted and placed in several International Competitions including Bridport, Wigtown, Cinnamon Prizes, and Mslexia. She was awarded first prize in the Ver Open Poetry Award judged by Clare Pollard.

Maria collaborates with poet Michael Brown on projects in galleries on Merseyside, and works alongside poet Pauline Rowe on creative writing projects as part of Mersey Care.


Michael Brown

Michael’s work has been published widely including The Rialto, Butchers Dog, Lighthouse Journal, Other Poetry, Crannog, The Moth, South Bank Poetry, Envoi, The North, Brittle Star, New Walk and The Interpreter’s House. He was shortlisted for the Bare Fiction Collection prize Judged by Andrew McMillan in 2015. In 2014 he won the Untold London Competition with his poem, From Hungerford Bridge, Looking East. He was placed third in the York Poetry Prize, 2015, with the poem Water Lilies and he recently collaborated with the Liverpool poet Maria Isakova Bennett on projects in galleries on Merseyside. He has two pamphlets: Undersong (Eyewear, 2014), and Locations for a Soul (Templar, 2016). Michael is currently working towards a first collection.