Scarborough Museums Trust & Rotunda Nights present a writing workshop with Nick Makoha. 23rd November, 2019, 2-4pm, venue in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK.
The ‘Writing as a stranger’ workshop will focus on the 'metic' experience and how it influences a writer's work. The experience is most marked for black writers in the UK and the USA, but do we all have a unique metic experience and perspective that we can use to kickstart creativity and to forge original work?
This will be an engaging and provoking poetry masterclass exploring issues of identity and race, migration, exile and 'foreignness' Nick Makoha is a dynamic young poet and dramatist, born in Uganda, now living in London. His debut poetry collection 'Kingdom of gravity' was shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis prize for best first collection and nominated in the Guardian as one of the best books of that year. His poetry has been published in the New York Times and the Poetry Review and he is a trustee for the Arvon Foundation. His poems explore themes of injustice, migration and 'otherness’, peeling back the layers which constitute our humanity. His particular concerns as a poet include the experience of 'metics' - people born in one country, living in another and the challenges and opportunities that experience brings.