Exploring Black Metics
with Nick Makoha

Join poet Nick Makoha to explore the Black Metic experience through poetry, in this one-off evening workshop perfect for those looking to find their voice.

A metic is an individual whose allegiances are split between their homeland and the country they are now resident in. Such an experience impacts the work of writers. With Nick, you will investigate how black writers in exile are differentiated from natives. As a writer in exile he uses this to explain the phenomena experienced by black writers in the UK and the US.

What will you do in the workshop?

The aim over the workshop is to discover your unique metic experience and use that to forge your writing process. The workshop will also include writing prompts to help kickstart your creativity.

Who is the workshop for?

This course is for anyone interested in exploring issues of identity, race, and migration. Exercises will be short and accessible to writers and readers of all levels of experience. This course is primarily aimed at people from BAME backgrounds, but all are welcome. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring samples of their poetry writing to work on and discuss.

About Spread the Word’s discounted rates
London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here. If you are a London Writers Network member please login to receive your discount.

To see if you are eligible for a concessionary rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.

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Nick Makoha’s debut collection Kingdom of Gravity was shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. He won the 2015 Brunel International Poetry prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection. A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow & Complete Works Alumni, his poems appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. Find him at www.nickmakoha.com

Nick Makoha’s first full-length collection, Kingdom of Gravity (Peepal Tree £8.99), was the 2017 debut which most excited me. Focused on Uganda during the Idi Amin dictatorship, his poetry is charged with ethical sensibility. The lines protest as they sing “the song disturbed by helicopter blades…” but they don’t simplify things: they explore, and complicate. Personal witness and artistry are one. - Carol Rumens - The Guardian


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