Call out for Poets of Colour for Waterloo Press mentoring & publishing scheme

Brighton & Hove based publisher Waterloo Press invite submissions for LIT-UP, their new Arts Council England-funded mentoring and publishing scheme for emerging poets of colour. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018.

The two-year project will provide 10 poets with a digital platform on their new website as well as the necessary mentoring and editorial support to produce a pamphlet or poetry collection, all to be celebrated with a live closing event in the Spring of 2020.

Waterloo Press encourages submissions from faith, LGBTQI, disability, Roma, working class and/or additional perspectives.

There is no age restriction (from 18+) and no entry fee. Poets should have a track record of publishing and/or performing, and a portfolio at least 20 publishable poems.

  1. In the first instance please contact LIT-UP Project Manager Monika Richards on akilalive@gmail.com and request the application form for completion, stating LIT-UP in the subject line.
  2. Along with the completed form, submit up to 5 poems in no more than 8 pages in a pdf format. Each poem must be single spaced (except for stanza breaks) and start on a new page. Font type must be 12. Please do not write your name on the poetry pages. Please number and state LIT-UP! in your header/footer on each page. State your name and LIT-UP in the subject line of the email.
  3. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018.
  4. The shortlist will be decided by 15 September.
  5. Shortlisted poets will be asked to submit a further 15 – 45 poems. The final decision and the successful 10 poets will be announced on 15 Oct.
For Irene Mensah: a life remembered in poetry

For Irene Mensah: a life remembered in poetry

Irene Mensah (1963-2013)

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 →

Poetry workshop with Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi. Photo by Paul Jackson
Patience Agbabi. Photo by Paul Jackson

 

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 →

Reading and Reviewing Poetry With Fred D’Aguiar

logoWe’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.

Kent poet Patience Agbabi performing at Hastings Museum

The incredible Patience Agbabi reads from her remake of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, soon to be published and tentatively called Canterbury Remix as well as from Bloodshot Monochrome (Canongate).  You can grab a copy from Amazon or other fine booksellers.

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Bloodshot Monochrome is a glorious poetic take on all things black, white and read. Reinventing the sonnet, Patience Agbabi shines her euphoric, musical lines on everything from growing up to growing old, from Northern Soul to contract killers, from the retro to the brand new. Whether resurrecting the dead in ‘Problem Pages’, playing out noir dramas in ‘Vicious Circle’, or capturing moments of her own life in perfect snapshot, Agbabi’s verse is sublimely lyrical and spiked with gleeful humour.

INSPIRE Friday 5 October – Patience Agbabi, Rounke Coker – Hastings Museum 7.30pm

INSPIRE Friday 5 October – Patience Agbabi, Rounke Coker – Hastings Museum 7.30pm

Our season kicks off on Friday 5 October with the country’s hottest poet Patience Agbabi from Canterbury reading alongside Nigerian storyteller Rounke Coker at Hastings Museum. Both explore their histories in a unique way, one influenced by Nigeria, the other by Chaucer and the love of the English language.

Presented in partnership with AfriKaBa. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Advance tickets £5 – to book, phone Hastings Museum. Phone:01424 451052 or from http://writingourlegacy2012.eventbrite.co.uk

Patience Agbabi is a poet, performer and workshop facilitator. She was born in London in 1965 to Nigerian parents and spent her teenage years living in North Wales. She was educated at Oxford University and has appeared at numerous diverse venues in the UK and abroad over the last 12 years. She currently lives in Gravesend, Kent and is working on a modern remake of the Canterbury Tales, Canterbury Remix.

R.A.W., her groundbreaking debut collection of poetry, was published in 1995, and won the 1997 Excelle Literary Award. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry and IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain. In 2004 she was named as one of the Poetry Society’s ‘Next Generation’ poets.

Bloodshot Monochrome is a glorious poetic take on all things black, white and read. Reinventing the sonnet, Patience Agbabi shines her euphoric, musical lines on everything from growing up to growing old, from Northern Soul to contract killers, from the retro to the brand new. Agbabi’s verse is sublimely lyrical and spiked with gleeful humour.

Patience Agbabi has read at key literature festivals such as Edinburgh Book Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival; and music festivals including Glastonbury Festival and Soho Jazz Festival. She has also worked extensively for The British Council, delivering her work in a range of venues from university lecture theatres to a metro station, in countries including Namibia, 1999, the Czech Republic, 2000, Zimbabwe and Germany, 2001, and Switzerland, 2002.

We announce our 2012/13 programme for Brighton, East Sussex and West Sussex – advance tickets now on sale

Hi everyone

We’re pleased to finally show your our 2012/13 Programme, which is crammed full of literature, writing workshops for all ages and a special live lit residency for Sussex writers – read on for more details. This year’s programme once again pulls together the UK’s most talented Black and ethnic minority writers, poets, playwrights and authors –  locally sourced and from across the country. We also have a few extra events taking place in November and February 2013, so keep in touch.

The 2012/13 programme is kindly supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
 
Tickets from http://writingourlegacy2012.eventbrite.co.uk/ unless otherwise stated. To enquire about concessions/ alternative payment methods, please contact our production team on writingourlegacy@gmail.com