Writing through Oppression with Izabela Morska

A leading contemporary voice of Polish literature, Izabela Morska will discuss writing under oppressive conditions and share techniques to challenge stereotypes when writing in subversive ways.

Izabela will use extracts of her own writing to initiate discussion of how and to what extent we allow politics to infiltrate the narrative content. She will focus on her long-form story ‘Cats and Hunters’. The story is essentially about scholars and cats and is set in 2013 in Moscow at the time of the introduction of the anti-gay propaganda bill in Russia.

Izabela is one of Eastern Europe’s most interesting and prolific writers and is New Writing South’s 2019 British Council International Writer in Residence.

What will you do?
This is a unique workshop opportunity and will include discussion, readings and sharing of practical writing techniques.

Who is it for? 
For writers who are interested in confronting subversive and political themes through fiction without compromising the telling of a good story.

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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This event is run in partnership with New Writing South.

Izabela Morska


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Izabela Morska is the author of several books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and has been one of Polish literature’s leading voices since the fall of the Berlin Wall. In her short stories, Morska embraces neglected and subversive narratives focusing on women, queer, and dispossessed characters. Hers is a ‘distinctly personal voice,’ as Maria Janion, the cult historian of Polish counterculture observes. Her latest book, Znikanie (Vanishing), will be published by Znakin October 2019 and is a memoir of illness as a journey to the ‘dark land’ of the medical system, complicated by the fact that the subject of this narrative is a lesbian, often ailing and foggy, yet still sharply critical of her surroundings, documenting the disintegration of her body, as she documents the disintegration of her country. Morska is the author of Glorious Outlaws: Debt as a Tool in Contemporary Postcolonial Fiction (Peter Lang 2016), and she received life achievement Julian Tuwim Award in 2018. She lives and teaches literature in Gdansk, Poland.

New Writing South


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New Writing South serves writers from across southeast England. At their home in Brighton, The Writers’ Place, they offer a supportive creative space with regular events, performances and networking opportunities.

They are committed to nurturing an inclusive community of writers, regardless of background or previous experience. They offer bursaries for many of their opportunities, take part in the TLC Free Reads scheme, and run meetup groups for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) writers, and writers who identify as LGBTQ+.

New Writing South offer some of the best quality training you’ll find, including the Creative Writing Programme (formerly at University of Sussex), alongside shorter courses and workshops covering a range of writing styles.

You can follow them on Twitter and on Facebook, sign up to their monthly newsletter to get our latest news and opportunities direct to your inbox, or become a NWS Friend to join their lively and supportive network. Find out more here: https://newwritingsouth.com/about-us