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. It will be published in the USA early in 2016. See further details here.
Thank you to everyone who came along to see me at all the various launch events and festivals during the summer and autumn of 2015.
My next talks about the book will be;
- Sunday March 13th. 2016 Words By The Water. Keswick.
- Tuesday March 22nd – Friday March 25th. Popular Culture Association of America. Annual Conference. Sheraton Hotel. Seattle. WA
(if anyone wants to 'crowd source' the above residency into a more extended book tour of the USA feel free to get in touch)
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.