Afrikult. awarded funding for ‘Words that Travel’ workshop series

Friday, 30 March 2018

L-R: Zaahida Nabagereka, Keren Lasme and Marcelle Mateki Akita. Photo credit: Sarah Nwafor

We are thrilled to announce that Afrikult. has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to deliver our research and development workshop programme to schools in London and Norwich, all under the title ‘Words that Travel’. Following the success of the three-part event series Afrikult. ran in 2016-17, the team decided to turn the focus of the 2018 edition of the series to workshops traveling from Norwich to London and rounding-off the year with a lounge event.  

Having our research and development programme funded by the Arts Council England allows us to get this workshop series off the ground while validating our continued determination and focus in widening access to African literatures. The ‘Words that Travel’ workshop series will consist of intensive workshop sessions with Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils on African literary and creative writing workshops. Each city will have a featured poet who will also work with the pupils leading up to a special school assembly to showcase work they’ve created and learned from during the sessions. There will also be closed trial working group sessions with professionals in the creative and education industry, to interrogate the place of African literature in the English curriculum. To conclude the 2018 edition of ‘Words that Travel’ there will be a lounge event held in London at the end of the year.

We are excited to be working with stellar organisations in putting all this together. In Norwich, we are working with City of Norwich School, University of East Anglia and Writers Centre Norwich. In London, we are working with Woolwich Poly School, the Royal African Society, Centre of African Studies at SOAS University of London and Battersea Arts Centre.

We will soon be releasing our call-out for the working group sessions, so please keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, we hope you celebrate this wonderful news with us!

Also, an additional dose of good news, we are pleased to have Keren Lasme join the Afrikult. team as our Web & Social Media Manager after her fantastic work during her six month internship with us. We have more exciting news to share with you during the course of the year, so do make sure you follow us on social media or have signed up to our mailing list to receive our newsletter sent once a month.

Until next time!

With literary love and warmth, Marcelle, Zaahida and Keren

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