Words for Walls is an initiative to display poems by local writers in public spaces and on public transport across the city of Nottingham.
Established in May 2016, Words for Walls is led by two research students at the University of Nottingham. Poems by local writers were displayed across the city of Nottingham from November 2016.
My poem Beside the Pool made the cut and was displayed at Nottingham Contemporary. Did you spot it?
If you are interested in putting pen to paper then why not join me for a creative writing session at Nottingham Contemporary on the 11th March. Click on the link for more details.
The stone poems are complete, the residency over. Here is a piece from the sharing session.
I was fortunate to be part of an evening of performance, conversation and music that explored the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies. And even more thrilling was being on the same platform as the legendary and renowned Jamaican poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze. She is, if you didn’t know, acclaimed for her inventive use of the dub artform. Breeze’s poetry gives voice to a wide range of disenfranchised people as well as personal, social, political and historical issues.
Along with myself the evening also featured performances by Michael Brome and Marcus Joseph. The event was co-curated by The Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R) and Renaissance One, a leading cultural activist organisation who have consistently pushed for greater diversity in the arts and who have a particular focus on narratives of race and culture.
October 2016 saw the first #ReadABlackAuthor event in Nottingham Market Square. It was a lovely mild October afternoon and a superb turn out of likeminded people. I was so spoilt for choice on what to read, local authors, national and international Black authors, at one point I ended up with three books in my lap!
The Black Writers & Artists Network was launched in 2015 by Nottingham Black Archive with the aim of raising the profile of Black Writers in Nottingham as well as documenting Black Writers from the past and the present. It is a growing haven for creative writers of African Caribbean descent to write, support, share, discuss, meet, curate events and perform.
The Black Writers & Artists Network are looking for poetry that responds to the theme of being ‘Black In The City of Nottingham.’ The Network seeks work that is connected to Nottingham from writers and artist who are native to the City or who have lived, studied or worked in Nottingham.
Entrants are encouraged to explore in as many ways as possible the various threads (social, economic, political, cultural, personal, etc.) that weave into the theme and be as experimental as possibke when responding to the idea of being ‘Black In The City’ of Nottingham.
Submission Guidance Notes can be found at http://www.nottinghamblackarchive.org
A Taste of Stone
14 Oct 2016 – 15 Jan 2017
I had the wonderful opportunity of being one of the artists chosen to work on A Taste of Stone by Otobong Nkanga at Nottingham Contemporary. Her installation was indeed a space for encounters. It consisted of woven tapestry, ten tonnes of white stone and living vegetation and more.
My residency involved creating poetry, talking about the writing process and sharing the work produced. Overall I produced three complete poems and two almost there but not quite pieces. There were more ideas coming at me than I had the time or mental energy to deal with within the time frame allotted. One of the many great things on this residency was sharing my thought process behind each piece and how I approached writing each poem.
It was an experience that allowed me to push my creative barriers and explore stones in as many ways as possible. I even attempted a villanelle!
A poem inspired by the Black community mural in Hyson Green.
Had a great time performing poems in Hucknall on Friday 1st July. Performed at the Byron Cinema to a local primary school, hopefully inspired some children to begin to view their love for writing as a talent to be nurtured. Also toured four cafes and put a smile on the faces of some lovely customers.
#Poetry #Byron #FirstArts #CityArts #JunctionArts #BlackWritersNetwork
I performed my poem At the Airport, here’s what Sonja said about it…