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Brunel Prize 2018 joint winner Theresa Lola will be teaching a class on poetry and fashion. The class will “explore how the textures of fashion and poetry intertwine, before using clothing as stimulus to generate new poems.”

In this workshop we’ll be using fashion/clothing as a stimulus to generate new poems. There are many similarities between a fashion designer and a writer – both are concerned with visual stimuli, varying textures, cutting away, and creating a recognisable signature style.

Over the day, we’ll look at new and fun ways to approach poems, working to identify our own signature styles by viewing a poem as a piece of item we wear, similar to our clothes, which represents our personalities in one form or another. We’ll look at a range of poets who exemplify this approach, including Sharon Olds, Angel Nafis, Caleb Femi, and more.

Here are the event details.

Date: Friday, 27 July, 2018.

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Venue: The Poetry School, London.

The class is part of The Poetry School’s Summer School programme and is open to students of all levels.

Theresa Lola. Image from Facebook.

Theresa Lola is British-Nigerian. She was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize 2017, the London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016, and she won the Hammer and Tongue National Poetry Slam in 2017. Theresa is an alumna of the Barbican Young Poets programme. She was awarded an Arts Council/British Council International Development Grant to run poetry workshops at the Lagos International Poetry Festival in Nigeria in 2017. Theresa is part of SXWKS creative collective and Octavia Women of Colour collective which is resident at the Southbank Centre in London. She is editor of FourHubs magazine. She co-runs RAP Party with Inua Ellams, an event in celebration of the bridges between poetry and Hip Hop. She is currently working on her debut full length poetry collection.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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