Event Information

Join playwright Polly Wright and creative Adaya Henry for the day in a specially devised writing workshop that celebrates the musicality of Black women’s writing. The day will weave readings from Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Bernadine Evaristo with music, an inspirational visit to The Influence Project exhibition followed by a creative writing afternoon workshop.

What you will learn on this course

Reviews of Toni Morrison’s “Jazz” published in 1992 and set in the 'Jazz age' of the 1920s suggest that the novel 'deliberately mirrors the music of its title, with various characters improvising solo compositions that fit together to create a whole work'.

They will give an hour long presentation in which they will weave readings from Nobel Prize Winner Toni Morrison, Pulitzer Prize nominee Maya Angelou and 2019 Booker Prize winner Bernadine Evaristo with interludes of recorded music which will reflect the themes and rhythms of their writing. With an added sprinkle of poems by contemporary Black women poets, and back projections of images of the artists, we aim to make you laugh, cry, think and get your feet tapping!

The study day will include a visit to The Influence Project exhibition and an afternoon creative writing workshop to trigger written responses to the dazzling words, music and images you have been exposed to!

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels. Previous experience not essential, but enjoyment of fiction and drama is a good background to participation on this course

The course is accessible for people of all abilities as a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

Please bring something to write with and a notebook if preferred, loose leaf paper will be provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs apart from any preferred writing/note materials.

Who teaches this course?

Polly Wright & Adaya Henry

Image: Laura Mvula (detail) London 2017 C-Type  © Alexis Chabala