Ripples of Hope: A Workshop and Micro Commission with Jay Bernard

Ripples of Hope: A Workshop and Micro Commission with Jay Bernard

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A workshop and commission with Jay Bernard

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For SQ10 poets. There are 2 workshops - one on Friday 10th Sept, one on Monday 13th Sept (both 6pm-7.30pm) and you must attend both.

An opportunity to reflect on and write in response to Article 28 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to a free and fair world which states that "everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration can be fully realized.”

In the first workshop Jay will lead us in unpicking the article and we will begin to respond to it as poets. In the second workshop we will share and develop our initial responses. You will then have a week to finish your poem for distribution by the Ripples of Hope Festival which takes place in Manchester the following weekend (17th-19th September). All participants who deliver poems will receive a fee of £100.

Jay Bernard

Jay is from London and works as a writer and film programmer at BFI Flare (London’s LGBT film festival). They are the author of three pamphlets, The Red and Yellow Nothing (2016), English Breakfast (2013), and Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl (2008), and have been featured in numerous anthologies and magazines, including TEN: The New Wave and Out of Bounds: Black British Writers and Place. They were part of the original line-up for two ‘Speaking Volumes Breaking Ground’ tours to the USA, showcasing the best Black British writers from the UK. Jay was Poet-in-Residence at the George Padmore Institute in 2016, out of which came the poems for their latest collection, Surge (2019), based on the New Cross Fire of 1981 where 14 young black people lost their lives.