SPAZIO GRIOT | OPEN CALL – Come As You Are. A Workshop With Inua Ellams

A 3-day workshop dedicated to young creatives BiPoC under 35 with a strong interest in Live Literature. The workshop will be held in Rome on 11-12-13 July 2022 and is curated by SPAZIO GRIOT, Ohhfive - Inua Ellams for the launch of the project Whose wor(l)d is this?. During the workshop, Inua Ellams will share writing exercises related to his artistic practice: poetry, dramaturgy and essay.

by GRIOT - Published on 06/06/2022
Inua Ellams. Photo: Henry Nicholls January 29 2018.

There are so many rules to writing, so many complications, considerations and traditions that knowing where to start can be difficult. So, what are the easy ways to begin? What are the simplest structures? And how can writers feel confident diving in?

Join award winning writer, Inua Ellams, in three days of workshop, where he shares writing exercises gathered from 20 years of writing poetry, theatre and essays.

Participants are encouraged to come as they are, with their full selves present in the room, to think, play, create and share.

The past years saw the phenomenal growth and spread of contemporary live literature in different realities in Europe and elsewhere. Come as you are is organised in the framework of Whose wor(l)d is this?  Diverse Voices in Urban Literature in the UK and Italy. The project explores Live Literature practices (poetry, playwriting, and creative nonfiction writing) in relation to music, film and other artistic expressions to generate an inclusive, socially engaged artistic language for the new generations of diverse voices, and aims to promote the variety of expression, with dedicated events in Rome and London.

Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and his published books of poetry include Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales, The Wire-Headed Heathen, #Afterhours and The Half-God of Rainfall – an epic story in verse. His play The 14th Tale was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and Barber Shop Chronicles sold out two runs at England’s National Theatre. He recently completed his first full poetry collection The Actual, is currently touring An Evening With An Immigrant and working on several commissions across stage and screen. He lives and works in London, where he founded the Midnight Run, The Rhythm and Poetry Party (The R.A.P Party) and Poetry + Film / Hack (P+F/H).  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

The open call encourages the participation of young creatives BiPoC (under 35 years old) with a keen interest in Live Literature practices. The open call will select a maximum of 15 participants.

APPLICATION from June 6 to June 21, 2022
Please send your application by filling in the google form with the following info:

  • CV (Italian and/or English)
  • Cover Letter (max. 200 words)
  • A short text written by you
  • A short description /abstract of a project you would like to develop during the workshop (mx.200 words)

The 3 partners will examine the applications received and select the participants on the basis of the material submitted. The outcome of the selection will be communicated exclusively by email by June 27, 2022.

Where: Rome, location to be announced
When: 11-12-13 July 2022
Hours: Monday, July 11, h. 2pm-6pm; Tuesday, July 12, h. 10:00 am-2.00 pm; Wednesday July 13, h. 10:00 am-14:00 pm.
Admission: Free
Language: The workshop will be held in English, moderated in Italian by researcher and translator Ilaria Oddenino.

Whose Wor(l)d is this. Diverse Voices in Urban Literature in the UK and Italy won the British Council International Collaboration Grants, which are designed to support UK and overseas organisations to collaborate on international arts projects, and is a collaboration between SPAZIO GRIOT, OhhFive – Inua Ellams and Orbita/Spellbound.

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