Word by Word Presents:
Workshop III: Science Fiction as Activism
with Ama Josephine Budge
Bush Theatre, Sunday 15th August 2021
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Join Ama Josephine Budge for a stimulating writing workshop that explores how to write, read and think about science fiction as activism. With a focus on worldbuilding we will take sci-fi as a point of departure and consider the politics and potentials of centring protagonists, storylines and realities that remain both oppressed and marginalised by Western patriarchal societies. You’ll have the opportunity to play with writing microfictions and mapping out a speculative universe as well as discuss some pre-reading in small groups.


This workshop is writers, activists, and those who would like to write and/or change something they feel passionate about, but have never had the chance to start. No prior experience necessary– Black, people of colour and LGBTQ+ are particularly welcome to join.

Covid Health & Safety Measures

When attending the workshop, all participants must wear face coverings unless exempt for health reasons. Hand sanitizer will be available. Further details will be sent out following registration.

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Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose praxis navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities.


Ama is the recipient of the 2020 Local, International and Planetary Fictions Fellowship with Curatorial Frame (Helsinki) and EVA International (Limerick), and will be researching the topic Pleasurable Ecologies – Formations of Care:Curation as Future-building. Ama is also a member of Queer Ecologies 2020, initiator of the Apocalypse Reading Room project, a recipient of 2020 Bernie Grant Micro commission funding and Lead Artist on the MycoLective project with Chisenhale Studios and Feral Practice.