Masterclass: Poetry of Diaspora

Masterclass: Poetry of Diaspora

Zoom Masterclass with Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo
  • Vahni Capildeo Foreward Prize Winner Arvon Poetry Course Tutor
    Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo
Date Friday January 13th 2023, 11:00 - 13:00 GMT
Location Online

How do you feel about writing from the full range of voices and worlds that haunt your life? Are you excited by geography and history; language, time, and place – or overwhelmed? According to John Donne, “No man is an island” and in this Masterclass, poet Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo will guide you through a shared, text-based understanding of diaspora and many-worldedness. You will explore the role of the imagination in world-building. You will also look at language, and languages, extending into sounds, soundscapes, silence, and music. You will examine the poetry of Zohar Atkins, Josie Giles, Kei Miller, and Loretta Collins Klobah, whilst generating your own new writing on many-worldedness.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar (11:00-13:00), so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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