Arvon at Home: Children and Young People’s Workshop with Arji Manuelpillai

Poetry and Identity

Friday May 21st 2021, 10:00 am BST


Poetry and Identity

(recommended age: 8-12)

It’s fair to say the last year probably wasn’t the one any of us expected. As we dust ourselves off, with new working environments and home arrangements springing up around us, we find ourselves navigating a world that feels familiar yet also markedly different. The impact of these changes seems to be especially acute for young people, and our new Arvon at Home Workshops for Children and Young People are designed with this in mind. They offer online opportunities for creativity and self-expression, outside the curriculum, for young people aged 8 upwards, whether from their own home or in a school classroom, under the guidance of expert tutors in poetry and prose.

Join us as we go on a journey of exploration looking at you and what you stand for in this exciting workshop on poetry. This masterclass will be for all poets from beginners to Shakespearean masters exploring the way we can capture ourselves and maybe telling a few white lies along the way.

Arji Manuelpillai is a poet, performer and creative facilitator based in London. For over 15 years Arji has worked with community arts projects nationally and internationally. Recently, he was the Jerwood Arvon Mentee mentored by Hannah Lowe. His poetry has been published in magazines including Cannon’s Mouth, Strix, The Rialto and Bath Magg. He has also been shortlisted for the BAME Burning Eye pamphlet prize 2018, The Robert Graves Prize 2018, The Oxford Prize 2019, The Live Canon Prize 2020, The National Poetry Prize 2021 and Winchester Prize 2021. He has also come runner-up in the Robert Graves Prize 2020. Arji is a member of Wayne Holloway-Smith’s poetry group, Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and London Stanza. Arji’s debut pamphlet Mutton Rolls was published with Out-Spoken Press. He can be reached at

Date: 10:00 – 10:50, May 21st

Cost: £3

As part of an ongoing effort to make these workshops as accessible as possible, concessions are available. Similarly, if you are a teacher looking for free access for your class, we’d love to hear from you. In the event of either, please get in touch with Sophie Lloyd-Catchpole at




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