Opportunities & news for writers – December 2015
Here at Writing Our Legacy, we’d like to take a moment to remember one of our members, Irene Mensah. Irene was a well-loved Brighton artist, poet and dancer who sadly passed away a year ago today, just short of her 50th birthday.
Irene left behind many legacies. A strong tree, she had many deep roots and branches. Friends, family, art works and writing, not to mention beautiful memories shared by many.
The community she created has been indelibly enriched by her life and her legacy. There’s not a day that goes by when someone isn’t posting lovely images on Facebook of Irene or reminiscing about her spirit, fun times in the past.
Today we’d like to honour her poetry. Continue reading →
Latin Voices Live! festival starts today at Jubilee Library with free bilingual storytelling for kids 11.30-1.30pm, plus face painting.
Come see the incredible decoration at the library all week, including a Borges tapestry across the whole front of the library, a tree of life decorated by Brighton school children and skeletons!
There’s lots of free and low cost activity for all ages in Brighton throughout the week:
We are pleased to present Chilean author Luis Munoz, who will be doing a special reading on 9 November, 3-4pm, from his memoir Being Luis: A Chilean Life. Luis was a political activist who was held prisoner and tortured by Pinochet’s government. He lived to tell the harrowing tale.
Copies of his book will be on sale for £10 each and your ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable, inspiring story! Tickets £4/3 through Eventbrite. All proceeds from the ticket goes to a torture charity. https://writingourlegacy2013.eventbrite.co.uk
To read the full programme for this year’s Latin Voices Live!, keep reading…..
We look forward to seeing you in the coming week!
Writing Our Legacy team Continue reading →
Come join an evening of some of the South East’s finest poets, rappers & storytellers on Thursday 24 October, 5-7 at Jubilee Library, Brighton.
The event features acclaimed poet Patience Agbabi and Mrisi Shrapnel, Spliff Richard, plus authors from the Ink on My Lips anthology, soon to bepublished on Brighton-based Waterloo Press.
Free entry, plus free wine from Barefoot wine. Benjie’s Caribbean Kitchen’s will be selling plates of Caribbean food for £7 – pre-booking advised to avoid disappointment. Continue reading →
Come learn the art and craft and poetry of one of the UK’s finest poets on Thursday 24 October, 1.30-3.30pm at Jubilee Library, Brighton.
The workshop is only £15/10. Book your place now https://writingourlegacy2013.eventbrite.co.uk
Patience Agbabi’s poems have been broadcast on television and radio all over the world. Her work has also appeared on the London Underground and human skin. In 2004 she was nominated one of the UK’s Next Generation Poets. Continue reading →
October kicks off our fantastic programme of activity this autumn. We are delighted to bring you a special night of live music and readings from authors who have been inspired by the rich musical culture of Africa, Caribbean and beyond.
Inner Visions takes place on Thursday 10 October from 5pm to 7pm at Jubilee Library in Brighton. The night brings together master Mbira player Linos Wengara Magaya and esteemed historian and author Colin Grant, along with special guest London-based poet Hannah Lowe, whose first collection Chick was recently shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize. Continue reading →
We’ve really pleased to be working again with the Sable/INSCRIBE programme to bring you a full day poetry workshop with Guyanese/British poet Fred D’Aguiar. The workshop includes an optional lunch with award-winning Guyanese poets John Agard and Grace Nichols.
The workshop will take place on Saturday 22 June 2013, 11am-5pm at Jubilee Library, Brighton. To book your place on this Sable/INSCRIBE masterclass, go to http://inscribewritingpoetryreviews.eventbrite.co.uk.
Writing Our Legacy members get a special discount price of £35. The price includes a copy of either John Agard’s new poetry book or Grace Nichols book for teenagers and a second new poetry book to be reviewed and published. Lunch with John Agard, Grace Nichols and Fred D’Aguiar is an optional extra at a nearby restaurant.
Here’s further information about the one-day workshop:
Reading and Reviewing Poetry With Fred D’Aguiar
Do you want to have a better understanding of reading and critiquing poetry? Do you want to know how to write good book reviews? This workshop unravels the ‘imagined mysteries’ of reading and writing about poetry.
This will be a practice-based masterclass that will guide your reading and your writing about poetry, with confidence. There will also be the optional opportunity to discuss poetry over lunch with Fred D’Aguiar and award-winning poets, John Agard and Grace Nichols. John Agard has a new publication, Travel Light, Travel Dark [Bloodaxe] and Grace Nichols has a new book for teenagers, Cosmic Disco [Frances Lincoln]. Lunch will be at a nearby restaurant. All participants will receive a copy of Travel Light, Travel Dark before the Masterclass and given support post-session to write a poetry review for publication.
Fred D’Aguiar draws on his dual Guyanese/British heritage throughout his writing which incorporates poetry, novels and plays. Although born in London, he lived in Guyana until he was twelve before returning to England where the highly politicised atmosphere of the British black community of the 70s became a major influence on his work. His first collection of poetry, Mama Dot, was published to great acclaim and was followed by a further four collections and a new and selected poems, An English Samplar, published in 2001. A new collection, titled The Rose of Toulouse, is out from Carcanet in May. His position between two cultures is reflected in the many prizes his work has won including the Guyana Poetry prize (twice) and the Whitbread First Novel Award. D’Aguiar teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing at the Virginia Technical Institute and State University. He reviews poetry for Poetry London.
Mine is many colours of the same.
It is light, dark, caramel and cane,
Melodious, ever-undulating waves
Of rich, smooth, café-mocha shades.
Chili cocoa, sweet and tan amaze,
Terra cotta, ruddy reds ablaze;
An ebony cacophony of ways
To fade to walnut latté as it plays.
Pale, white chocolate swirly-whirls always
Soothe copper browns and tawny peats and maize;
Mahogany, deep coffee beans on staves
Glissando into marble-fudgey glaze.
Many, many colours of the same …
—Jodi Stelzer, Rottingdean, UK