Poetics of Migration: Poetry Workshops for Refugees and Migrants

Saturday 8th June

1pm - 3pm

Nottingham Central Library - 1 Carrington St., Nottingham NG1 7FH

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Discover the transformative power of expression: Notts Poetry, in collaboration with Nottingham Refugee Forum and University of Nottingham, warmly welcomes refugees, families, and those affected by migration to share their stories through words and visual art. Together, we’ll explore the depths of loss, while honouring the resilience and beauty of finding love and meaning amidst displacement. Join us in shaping a narrative of strength, compassion, and solidarity.

What to Expect:

  • Engaging writing and art activities facilitated by experienced poets and artists.
  • A supportive and inclusive environment where all voices are valued and respected.
  • Opportunities for reflection, sharing, and building connections with fellow participants.

Dates and Times: 

  • Saturday, 18 May: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, 1 June: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, 8 June: 1 PM – 3 PM

Information for Participants:

    • Registration via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/notts-poetry-43934502693
    • No previous experience of reading and writing poetry is required. Adult participants aged 16 and above with all levels of familiarity with poetry are welcome. The workshops are free to attend after registration. 
    • Participants can choose to attend one workshop or multiple workshops. Workshop contents are relatively independent; one does not have to attend one before another. 
    • Workshop places are limited. Please cancel your booking or let the organiser know if you are no longer able to attend a workshop so the place can be given to other interested participants. 
    • The project aims to put together and launch a poetry collection this autumn, showcasing work from the workshop participants. The project team will have the first and serialisation rights to publish work produced through the workshops. Authors can choose to publish their work under their real names or under pseudonyms. 
  • Part of the workshops and the autumn showcase events will be photographed and videotaped for promotion purposes. Participants will be notified of photography and videography in advance and given an opportunity to opt out. 

Project background: 

This project is supported by an AHRC IAA grant from the University of Nottingham, led by Dr Hongwei Bao, as part of the University’s initiative to reach out to communities and to advocate the importance of arts in society. 

This event draws on the Poetry of Austrian poet in exile Maria Lazar (1895-1948) whose lost works were found in a garage in Nottingham and formed the nucleus of “Poetry from Exile: finding love and meaning when living with displacement” an anthology of poems published by Notts Poetry in 2023.  Maria Lazar now has two plays running in Austrian Theatres and a new novel “Zwei Soldaten” came out this year.


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