This wonderful event with Emily Zobel Marshall and Abdullah Adekola will have poetry readings and a workshop that focuses on how poetry, writing and creativity can be a source of resistance, especially for racialised communities. Through the workshop some difficult topics may be brought up, including oppression, racism and mental health struggles.
Dr Emily Zobel Marshall is a Reader in Postcolonial Literature at the School of Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett University. Her research specialisms are Caribbean Literature and Caribbean carnival cultures, and she is the author of Anansi's Journey: A Story of Jamaican Cultural Resistance and American Trickster: Trauma Tradition and Brer Rabbit. Her creative writing and poetry has been published by Peepal Tree Press, Magma, Smoke Magazine and The Caribbean Writer, and she is Vice Chair of the David Oluwale Memorial Association.
Adekola is a writer, poet, and performer, based in Leeds, UK. He has been selected for the New Creatives North talent development program funded by Arts Council England and BBC Arts. His breakthrough collection of writing will be published by Burning Eye Books in September 2021. He is the co-founder of ‘Say It With Your Chest’, a well-established poetry and creative platform based in Leeds. SIWYC partners with local art organisations to deliver regular events and workshops.
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At present the majority of the building is on one level and there is a single step at the entrance. A portable ramp can be provided for wheelchair access.