World Poetry Day: Mini Breaks

This World Poetry Day, join us for a Mini Break – an hour-long writing workshop hosted by some of the best poets the world has to offer.

On Sunday 21st March we’ll be offering three bite-sized sessions, hosted by:

  • Lebo Mashile – 12.30-13.30 GMT
  • Will Harris – 15:00-16:00 GMT
  • Titilope Sonuga – 18.30-19.30 GMT

Timings are staggered to make sure that all can attend, regardless of timezone or other commitments – or for those of you that want to attend all three.

Keep an eye on our social media for more detail on the workshops.

Lebo Mashile

An award-winning poet, author, presenter, actress, and producer, Lebo Mashile is a South African household name who is most recognizable for her lyrical and gutsy poetry which has captivated audiences in 28 countries over the last two decades.

Mashile won the NOMA Award for Publishing in Africa in 2006 for her premier collection In A Ribbon of Rhythm (Oshun) which was also published in German by Wunderhorn. In 2008 she released Flying Above the Sky, her second book of poetry. Her writing has been referenced in academic journals, has appeared in literary journals as well as mainstream publications, and is taught in high schools and tertiary institutions across South Africa. As a recording artist, Mashile has two studio albums under her belt, Lebo Mashile Live! (2006) and Moya (2017).

Will Harris

Will Harris is a writer of Chinese Indonesian and British heritage, born and based in London. His debut poetry book RENDANG is published by Granta in the UK and Wesleyan in the US. It was a Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2020.

Titilope Sonuga

Titilope Sonuga is a writer and performer who calls both Edmonton, Canada and Lagos, Nigeria home. Her work has graced stages and pages across the globe. Through her practice, she grasps for moments of tenderness and persistent joy at the intersection of blackness and womanhood. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Down to Earth (2011), Abscess (2014) and This Is How We Disappear (2019) and has released two spoken word albums, Mother Tongue (2011) and Swim (2019). Titilope has written three plays, The Six; an intergenerational exploration of womanhood, Naked; a one-woman play and Ada The Country, a musical. She has facilitated numerous youth and adult poetry workshops locally and internationally. Her writing has been translated into Italian, German and Slovak.

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