Journey Into a Poem: Masterclass with Grace Nichols

Be true to your own imagination. If an idea or image persists then run with it. Often it holds the key to unlocking the poem.

New Writing South is proud to bring you an exclusive masterclass with Grace Nichols, one of the UK’s most well-known and much loved poets. If you enjoy reading and writing poetry be certain not to miss out.

During this masterclass Grace will share her sources of inspiration, her unique journey as a poet from Guyana in the Caribbean to the UK and how this has fed into her writing over the past four decades.

The class will include exercises on working with the visual image, especially with paintings which have inspired a number of her poems, including her acclaimed, Picasso, I Want My Face Back which resulted from her year’s residency at the Tate Gallery London. You will have the chance to create your own poems, to read your work out aloud and receive feedback in a supportive environment. You’ll also pick up practical tips and ways into a poem and poetry in general.

Grace Nichols was born in Guyana but has lived in Britain since 1977. She has won several awards for her poetry including the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize for her first book of poems, I is a long-memoried Woman, the Guyana Poetry Prize for Sunris as well as a Cholmondeley Award. Other books include, The Fat Black Woman’s Poems and Startling The Flying Fish (Virago). She was poet-in-residence at the Tate Gallery, London 1999-2000 which inspired her, Picasso, I Want My Face Back (Bloodaxe Books) who also published her selected poems, I Have Crossed an Ocean and her latest, The Insomnia Poems (2017). Her new collection, Passport to Here and There is due out by Bloodaxe early next year. She’s received Honorary Doctorates from both the Open University and the University of Hull.


Location: The Writers' Place, Jew Street, Brighton, UK


16 November 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

£30 (£24 NWS Friends /Concessions)