Date(s) - 21/11/2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Metic Masterclass: a workshop for writers in exile
with poet Nick Makoha, winner of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015
This engaging and provoking poetry masterclass explores the Black Metic Experience of poets and investigates how writers in exile are differentiated from natives. As a writer in exile himself, Nick uses Metic to explain the phenomena experienced by black writers in the UK and the US. The aim is to investigate each participant’s own unique Metic experience.
A metic is an individual whose allegiances are split between their homeland and the country they are now resident in. Such an experience impacts the work of writers. With Nick, you will investigate how black writers in exile are differentiated from natives. As a writer in exile he uses this to explain the phenomena experienced by black writers in the UK and the US.
What will you do in the workshop? The aim over the workshop is to discover your unique metic experience and use that to forge your writing process. The workshop will also include writing prompts to help kickstart your creativity.
Who is the workshop for? This masterclass is for anyone interested in exploring issues of identity, race, and migration. Exercises will be short and accessible to writers and readers of all levels of experience. This course is primarily aimed at people from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds, but all are welcome. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring samples of their poetry writing to work on and discuss.
What you’ll need to participate
Internet connection, your favourite notebook, a device with audio and video capability, and a Zoom account.
This two-hour session, delivered via Zoom, is limited to 20 participants. Tickets cost $30 full/$25 concession and can be booked below.
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Nick Makoha‘s debut Kingdom of Gravity was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. Both a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and Complete Works Alumni, he won the 2015 Brunel prize and 2016 Derricotte & Eady Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man.