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.
PSYCHEDELIA AND OTHER COLOURS
My new book on the prehistory, cultural antecedents and creative manifestations of LSD-inspired music was published in the UK by Faber in September 2015 and in the USA in May 2016. See further details here.
Thank you to everyone who came along to see me at all the various launch events and festivals during 2015 and early 2016.
That's it for the time being until the paperback comes out in 2017.
I will be running my Stream of Conscious Mess experimental writing workshop at the Good Life Festival on Saturday September 17th at Hawarden in Flintshire.
If your idea of fun is cutting up Mr Men books and turning them into avant-garde texts do come along.
And in the meantime here are a few links you might enjoy:
- Me talking about Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
- Last Shadow Puppets covering one of my old songs This is your life
- Nice Review in the LA Review of Books followed by Below The Line spat with one of my most ardent followers
What all the nice people have been saying about PSYCHEDELIA AND OTHER COLOURS.
'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
'...it'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
'Brilliantly written, crammed full of original ideas. An astonishing achievement that all self-respecting Shindiggers should rush out and buy immediately'
'Psychedelia and Other Colours provides by far the most detailed map to help us navigate the twisted alleyways of the psychedelic experience and its tentacle-like influence in the 50 years since Ken Kesey first staged Acid Tests in California'
Line of Best Fit
'a work of rare scholarship and insight'
'Chapman's ability to see outside of the usual psychedelic perspective makes for dazzling reading'
Caught By The River
'Chapman has little to say that's startlingly new. More discography than discourse'
Allan Jones, Uncut
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 music biographer, novelist, and hackademic without portfolio. I used to be a music journalist. Here you will find news about me and my scribbler life and some other stuff too.