San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A rare oppportunity to craft your poetry with the award-winning Olive Senior and create potential submissions for a new exciting collection of contemporary Black British poetry*. The theme for this new anthology is ‘Filigree’.
In this workshop you will be encouraged explore the idea, and respond in compelling ways to the idea of filigree - the barely present, that which suggests itself while lounging in the shadows; the idea of the fine, the unspoken essential, the intangible tangible. Through discussion and exercises, participants will be encouraged to see writing as a process, which requires the constant feeding of the creative imagination, as well as the acquisition of tools and techniques.
Jamaican born Olive Senior conducts writing workshops internationally and is on the faculty of the Humber School for Writers, Humber College, Toronto. A leading Caribbean author, she is well known for her prize-winning works of fiction (Summer Lightning; Arrival of the Snake-Woman; Discerner of Hearts: Dancing Lessons) and poetry (Talking of Trees; Gardening in the Tropics; Over the Roofs of the World; Shell). Her most recent non-fiction work is the astounding Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians & the Building of the Panama Canal. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Gold Medal of the Institute of Jamaica and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Her stories and poems have been broadcast widely, including serialisation on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Book at Bedtime’. Olive Senior lives in Toronto and Jamaica.
*‘Filigree’ a new anthology of contemporary Black British poetry will be edited by the internationally renowned and award winning poet, Nii Ayikwei Parkes and published by Peepal Tree Press in Spring 2017, under their ‘Inscribe’, imprint, which focuses on publishing new collections by writers of African and Asian descent and anthologies of groundbreaking new work from Black writers nationally.
Olive Senior photo by Martin Mordecai
When & Where
Inscribe is the successful professional writer development programme for writers of Black and Asian descent, run by Kadija George (Publications Manager) and Dorothea Smartt (Programme Manager). With its roots in Peepal Tree Press and its committment to development and new writing, Inscribe began as a project to develop specific writers of African and Asian descent in Yorkshire. We now work specifically with contracted writers across the country. Together with regional partners, we deliver various elements of the Inscribe Model to writers generally, and provide advice and information online.