22 March 2020

Habitat: An eco-poetry workshop with TJ Dema

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TJ Dema leads an engaging eco-poetry masterclass open to all writers.

Environmental writing has often ignored and excluded the voices of people of colour.

This engaging workshop led by TJ Dema will include practical writing exercises around nature and eco-poetry, drawing on material from multiple sources engaging gender and race.

The workshop is open to all but Black and Asian writers are particularly encouraged to sign up.

Tjawangwa Dema / TJ Dema is Senior Research Associate in the Department of English at the University of Bristol. She is also a poet, arts administrator and teaching artist whose poems have appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Kalahari Review, Cordite Review and elsewhere.

Mandible was selected for publication by The African Poetry Book Fund as part of the Seven New Generation African Poets boxset. The Careless Seamstress won the Sillerman Prize for African Poetry.

About Lyra Poetry Festival

Lyra Poetry Festival presents a radical, diverse programme focusing on climate, nature and Bristol’s legacy of Romantic Poetry.

Lyra aims to present and promote poetry in as many formats as possible, and this year they are hosting live readings, slam poetry, open mics, family activities, workshops, panel discussion, walking tours and a film screening.

Find out more about Lyra Poetry Festival.

Image by Petra Rolinec.