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8 May 2019: Writers Workshop Georgetown, Guyana

Posted on 16/04/2019
By Commonwealth Foundation

Writers’ Workshop | Poetry, Nonfiction and Short Fiction

Wednesday 8 May 2019

11.00 am – 5.00 pm | Workshop

Free workshop. Writers will be selected through an application process, details below.

6.00 pm – 8.00 pm | Public Readings

Free event

Location: Moray House Trust, 239 Camp & Quamina Streets, Cummingsburg, Georgetown, Guyana

Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, is organising a number of activities in Guyana in May.

Writers in Guyana are invited to apply for an all-day workshop at Moray House Trust in Georgetown on Wednesday 8 May. The workshop will span three genres – short fiction, creative nonfiction and performance poetry – as well as a session on performance and stagecraft for writers.

Spoken word poet Mr Gee will lead the poetry session, writer and journalist Anita Sethi the nonfiction, Emma D’Costa the short fiction and Janet Steel the performance and stage craft sessions.

If you would like to be considered for the workshops, please email us a paragraph about your writing history, a sample of your work (1000 words maximum), which genre you would like to be considered for and why (250-500 words). Please send your application to commonwealthwriters@gmail.com , DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS THURSDAY 25TH APRIL 2019.


Find out more about the work Commonwealth Writers does here, and read work from writers all over the Commonwealth at adda, Commonwealth Writers’ online magazine of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Mr Gee is a Spoken Word Poet and Radio Presenter who has presented BBC Radio 4’s Rhyme & Reason, Bespoken Word and Poetic Justice. Founding member of Chill Pill Collective, he starred in the West End run of Into the Hoods. Gee is a co-winner of a Sony Gold Award for Radio as the resident poet/comedian on the Russell Brand Show on BBC Radio 2. His album Poetry in the Key of Gee was released to critical acclaim. He has made appearances on Radio 4’s Quote, Unquote and Saturday Live. He has written current affairs poems for BBC regional radio and National Prison Radio. He runs hugely popular poetry workshops for students and other groups, including workshops for the inmates of Pentonville and Brixton prisons.

Anita Sethi is an award-winning journalist, writer and critic who has written for many publications including The Guardian and Observer, Sunday Times, Telegraph, FT Life & Arts, Independent, i paper, Times Literary Supplement, Granta and New Statesman, and has appeared on BBC radio. Her writing has been published in several anthologies and she is currently completing a book. Website: www.anitasethi.co.uk. Twitter: @anitasethi. Instagram: @anitasethi.

Emma D’Costa is Senior Programme Officer for Commonwealth Writers. She manages a range of events and projects, including the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and translation initiatives. Emma has many years’ experience of curating exhibitions, organising events and managing arts projects with a focus on world cultures.

Janet Steel leads Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. Prior to this post, Janet spent over thirty years working in the cultural sector, primarily in theatre and new writing, including directing, producing and script development. Janet is passionately committed to inclusion and equality in the arts.