Word by Word Presents:

Poetry for Beginners with Inua Ellams

Sunday 13 March
14:30 - 16:30 Delina Kitchen

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From Inua: A lot of needless mysticism surrounds the work of poets and the work of poetry. Central to my work as a writer and facilitator is an attempt, always, to simplify, clarify and show the building books beyond poetic ideologies and approaches to writing.


This workshop is for those starting to write as well as those well established in writing poetry. It is always important to go back to basics - and in these two hours, we will read and discuss poems that lay bare the mysticism, that we might make better thinkers and in that, writers.

+ This workshop is for black and people of colour only. No prior experience necessary (aged 18 or over).

+ Let us know your accessibility needs. Our email is wordbywordcollective@gmail.com, and we will do all we can to provide what you need!

+ If you're able, please bring a pen and notebook.


This workshop will take place at Delina Kitchen, a lovely Ethiopian restaurant/event space. A few sharing platters of food* will be offered at the workshop.

*If you have any food allergies that you would like us to be aware of, please let us know ASAP via wordbywordcollective@gmail.com






After workshop: End of project Zine

By joining this workshop you are also invited to share any work you have written, whether during the workshop or in your own time to us for our Zine: Issue 2. The Zine will be a celebration and showcase of you and your works, and will launch mid-summer at the end of the project with an event at The Bush Theatre! Submissions are open now. Please email them to wordbywordcollective.com for more details. If you would not like to be contacted further about the zine following workshop, you can opt-out by contacting us at the above address.

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Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer and founder of: The Midnight Run (an arts-filled, night-time, urban walking experience.), The Rhythm and Poetry Party (The R.A.P Party) which celebrates poetry & hip hop, and Poetry + Film / Hack (P+F/H) which celebrates Poetry and Film.


Identity, Displacement & Destiny are reoccurring themes in his work, where he tries to mix the old with the new: traditional African oral storytelling with contemporary poetics, paint with pixel, texture with vector. His books are published by Flipped Eye, Akashic, Nine Arches, Penned In The Margins, Oberon & Methuen.