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How to Bring Activism into Your Poetry

12 October @ 18:30 - 20:30

About this Event

In this 2-hour online workshop, British-born Asian artist, Manjit Sahota will be exploring activism and poetry, and how we go about communicating our lived experiences through words.

This session will help participants write poetry that is inspired by both historical and political events including, the role of the British Empire and it’s colonial past, the Black Lives Matter movement, or Nottingham’s rebel histories.

Manjit will touch on his own heritage and explore how his journey and activism helped to shape his poetry and performances.

You’ll be treated to a couple of performances of his works before you take a look at how to approach different subjects and transform them into a poem or spoken word piece of your own.

This course will give you the tools to write about political, historical and cultural issues in new and interesting ways.

Throughout this session, you will…

  • Explore the role poetry can play in challenging social injustice and help put performance art at the heart of contributing to political change.
  • Learn how to use current issue or events from the past to help write poems that express your feelings and opinions about that subject.
  • Practice and improve your performance skills as a spoken word artist or poet

Book your place

Tickets cost £15 for NWS members and £18 for general admission. Book your place, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.

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This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both. A user manual containing access instructions and a link will be sent out to you before the workshop. You will need an internet connection, and a computer with either a built in camera or webcam, and a built-in microphone/speaker.


12 October
18:30 - 20:30


Nottingham Writers’ Studio
25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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