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.