Leeds Peace Poetry 2016

I’m really pleased to be working with schools for the Leeds Peace Poetry Prize 2016. This year’s theme is refugees. This includes all categories of displaced people, including asylum-seekers. The competition offers an opportunity to raise awareness not only of the current situation, but of the long history of human migration and entrants are encouraged to think… More Leeds Peace Poetry 2016

Unite against racism

On 23rd June 2016 we gathered in the Moor Theatre Deli for a special Verse Matters for Refugee Week and Yorkshire Festival. It was a powerful and moving event, balanced in that tense moment between the daytime voting for the EU Referendum and the results the following morning. Given the ‘Leave’ result and the rapid rise in race-related hate crimes since the vote, it is even… More Unite against racism

Decolonizing Education

On 17th June we ran a symposium on Postcolonial Education: Teaching, Learning and Schooling in and After Empire’. The event was jointly organised by Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds, and put together by Rachel Bower, Matthew Whittle, Jonathan Saha and Emily Zobel Marshall. The aim was to bring together researchers, poets and community educators to think critically about… More Decolonizing Education

Harrison and Simmons in Nigeria

More fascinating material continues to be accessioned into the Tony Harrison Archive in Special Collections at the Brotherton Library in Leeds. Most recently, Special Collections received manuscripts and correspondence relating to Aikin Mata: Tony Harrison’s translation of the Lysistrata with James Simmons in Zaria, Northern Nigeria. There is also a striking collection of letters between… More Harrison and Simmons in Nigeria

Refugee Week, African Stories in Yorkshire & Postcolonial Education

It’s the Yorkshire Festival and Refugee Week next week which means that there are a host of brilliant events across the North which celebrate the diversity, stories and talent of the region.   There is a wonderful week-long Migration Matters festival in Sheffield and Wakefield, and as part of this Verse Matters is running a… More Refugee Week, African Stories in Yorkshire & Postcolonial Education

Review: Poetic Collaboration in Iraq and Palestine

This is the proof of a review that was recently published in Stand 14.2 (2016) in Leeds: Van Winkle, Ryan and Lauren Pyott, eds. This Room is Waiting: Poems from Iraq and the United Kingdom. Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-908754-49-3. 128pp. Bell, Henry and Sarah Irving, eds. Forewords by Liz Lochead and Maya Abu Al-Hayyat.… More Review: Poetic Collaboration in Iraq and Palestine