Overjoyed to have (over)reached our crowdfunding target for this project: a bilingual, three-part poetry comic for use as an educational tool in schools across England and Wales. Supported by Wales PEN Cymru and published by Positive Negatives, this collaboration with Cardiff-based Eric Ngalle Charles will be based on his experience claiming asylum after travelling from Cameroon to the UK, and explore the role of storytelling in overcoming trauma. Translated by Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Poet Laureate) Casia Wiliam, we will launch the finished comic in 2019.
From poetry comics, visual metaphors, graffiti & stencils and drawing skills, to stop-motion animation and exploding bottle rockets.. if you would like to discuss commissioning a workshop tailor-made to suit your event or the UK school curriculum, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I work with any age, anywhere! £150 / half day, £250 / full day. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Poetry comics workshops are a really interesting way to get children thinking about the relationship between language and image. In this session with years 4 and 5 we spent a brilliant morning looking at and discussing Banksy, memes, fonts, William Blake, metaphors, adverts, and Trump’s inauguration, and then finished with our own poetry comics. Get in touch if you would like to book a session that can be tailor-made to fit in with your curriculum – recommended for key stage 2 upwards.
Thanks to British Council Wales, Wales Arts International, and Literature Across Frontiers for a brilliant two weeks touring the Poetry Connections India-Wales project. We launched our book Aerial Roots (Nicky Arscott & Subhro Bandopadhyay) alongside four other pairs of Indian and Welsh poets. Also managed to fit in a poetry comics workshop, a panel discussion on the role of art in literature, several poetry readings, David Gray (oh yes), some monkey action and a visit to the South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata…
Poet and artist Nicky Arscott looks back at her 2017 residency project:
“Getting feedback is key for me at the moment as I feel a bit like I’m at a crossroads with what I’m doing. Actually, it’s more of a spaghetti junction than a crossroads. Having these pieces out there gave me some ideas about how to move forward.”
Thanks to Literature Across Frontiers, British Council Wales and Wales Arts International, six pairs of poets from India and Wales are currently participating in a literary/cultural exchange programme to celebrate 70 years since Indian Independence. I’ve just returned from 10 days in Delhi with the wonderful Subhro Bandopadhyay: watch this space for our forthcoming collaboration…
‘Soft Mutation’ is on until 2nd December at MOMA in Machynlleth… thanks to all who came to the opening! And especially thanks to Hywel Griffiths for his skillful and intuitive translation work. Limited edition litho comics are on sale here. Plus, a most excellent Wales Arts Review Review is up here (best bit: “Is she in labour?” (YES! YES I AM!) “Artists – mostly male – have often indulged in the romantic notion that the creation of a work of art is like giving birth. Real birth, however, hurts like hell and involves lots of blood, sweat, shit and tears.” YES! YES IT DOES!!!)
(photo credits Bran Dearling & Moses Hodgetts)
Eric Ngalle Charles is a writer, poet and playwright, originally from Cameroon and now settled in Wales. This year Ngalle was one of the Hay 30 new generation thinkers at the Hay festival, where he performed his play, My Mouth Brought Me Here, which explores themes of migration, language, freedom of expression and dictatorship. He runs Black Entertainment Wales, an arts organisation that provides a platform for artists in the BMEs communities to showcase their work. See our poetry comic collaboration here