Talk Di Tings Dem Workshop

Explore Caribbean migration in writing beyond stereotypical narratives.


Inspired by their work with Caribbean Elders creating the Talk di Tings Dem Anthology for the Deptford Literature Festival 2024, Courtney Conrad and Lola Oh will be running a workshop where you’ll get an understanding of Caribbean migration beyond stereotypical narratives through exploring personal stories and the diverse reasons for migration which draws on the work of Caribbean poets (Roger Robinson, Anthony McNeill, Louise Bennett etc). You’ll then get to create your own poems and stories to express your thoughts and reflections on Caribbean migration.

No prior knowledge or writing experience is required.

About the artists:

Courtney Conrad is a Jamaican poet. Her debut pamphlet I Am Evidence is published by Bloodaxe Books. She is a winner of the Eric Gregory Award, Michael Marks Award, Bridport Prize Young Writers Award and Mslexia Women’s Pamphlet Prize. She was shortlisted for The White Review Poet’s Prize, the Manchester Poetry Prize, the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award’s Poetry Prize, the Bridport Poetry Prize and the Poetry Wales Pamphlet competition. Her poems have appeared in Magma Poetry, Poetry Wales, The White Review, Stand Magazine, Bath Magg, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Anthropocene Poetry Journal and The Adriatic Magazine. She has been commissioned by the Museum of London, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Apples and Snakes, Victoria & Albert Museum, Guildhall, Tate Britain, The African Centre, BBC 1Xtra, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Spread the Word.

Lola Oh is a Brit(ish) poet, writer and facilitator, born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father. Based in South London, Lola uses her work to explore family, loss, and ideas of black womanhood.Lola was shortlisted for the 2023 White Review Poet’s Prize, and is currently a member of Griot’s Well. She is a Roundhouse Poetry Collective alumn, a Barbican Young Poet Alumn, a 2021 Roundhouse Slam Finalist,and has been featured by Apples and Snakes, BBC1xtra, English Touring Theatre, BoxedIn and Roundhouse’s The Last Word Festival.

Useful information about this event:

This event is wheelchair accessible, with accessible toilets.

If you require additional access provision in order to attend or take part in this event, for example, larger print handouts at workshops, or a scribe, please get in touch before the Festival day at: [email protected]